Biohazard, the Hardcore veterans from Brooklyn (New York), USA, originally formed in 1987, were one of the first to combine Hardcore with Hip Hop elements. They’ve released two demos (in 1988 and 1989), nine studio albums and two live albums (1997’s No Holds Barred is one of my favorite live albums of all times). They wrote legendary songs like Punishment, Tales from the Hard Side or Shades of Grey. As the band had to undergo several line-up changes throughout the years I would need a whole paragraph to mention all of them. But thanks to Wikipedia we have this amazing graph:
Metal imagery incorporates various elements from different sources – Mythological, traditional, regional, fictional, historical and many many others. This post is about one specific stylistic element: the deck of cards. The four card icons spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds can be found in different Metal genres as logos or album art. Pictured above are Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, Victims‘ iconic logo, Accept’s cover art for “Metal Heart” and Axel Rudi Pell’s cover art for “Diamonds unlocked”.
“Ace of Spades” is the fourth album by the British band Motörhead. Released on 8 November 1980, it peaked at #4 on the UK album charts and reached Gold status by March 1981 (source). The title song might be among the most popular songs in Metal’s history.
Talking about Metal imagery demands also some talking about the image of the Metalhead itself. And by „head“, we mean the „head“. Because ever since BLACK SABBATH the most common hairstyle in Metal is a symmetric one – the centre parting.
As almost everything in Metal goes back to the Birmingham foursome, we shouldn’t hesitate giving SABBATH the credit for the centre parting as well. Of course, this hair style has existed long before Metal, but it was them who brought it into the scene. For good!