The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

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What Billy Talent and Napalm Death have in common

2nd of August, 2016

Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario, formed in 1993. They have released 5 studio albums (6 including their first album Watoosh! when still named Pezz in 1999) and one greatest hits album called Hits. Their latest record Afraid of Heights was released on July 29, 2016.

The artwork and illustration was created by Igor Hofbauer from Zagreb, Croatia, while the layout and packaging design was created by Antje Schröder. Igor has worked for several newspapers and books as an illustrator and has designed more than 100 posters for the club Močvara in Zagreb. He also designed more than 20 CD covers.

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Clutch – The Wolf man kindly requests Symmetry

15th of June, 2013

Clutch from Maryland, USA, released their latest album Earth Rocker in Spring 2013 selling 22,000 copies in the first week of release and debuting at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart (source). The cover artwork is as amazing as the music is. It was created by Nick Lakiotes, a longtime Clutch art director, who has worked on previous efforts, including “Robot Hive/Exodus” and “Strange Cousins From The West”.

Kylesa – Distance closing in

28th of January, 2012

Kylesa is a Sludge Metal / Psychedelic Rock band from Savannah, Georgia, and was founded in 2001. To this day they have released five studio albums with Spiral Shadow being the last one, released in 2010.

The cover for this brilliant release (one of my 2010 Top 10 albums) was done by the artist Santos and shows the endless spiral of a tree (being continued in the booklet) containing a special kind of symmetry: The helical symmetry. The most common examples of helical symmetries are drill bits or springs.

“It can be thought of as rotational symmetry along with translation along the axis of rotation, the screw axis. It can be visualized as the tracing in three-dimensional space that results from rotating an object at an even angular speed while simultaneously moving at another even speed along its axis of rotation.” (source)

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Dress up for Darkness – Black Metal Style

20th of November, 2011

Today is head-day on symmetal.com. We just talked about the Metal head and hairstyle, now we are talking about the Black Metal face uniform: the corpse paint.

Corpse paint is a black-and-white make-up that’s most of the time strictly symmetric. Nowadays mainly used by Black Metal bands around the world  to intensify the bands’ imagery of evil, inhumanity, and corpse-like decay. It is most commonly used just on the face, but also on arms and torso. Because im might look rather non-evil, if your face is a corpse and your arms are well tanned like a beach bodybuilder in a neon thong. Sometimes it involves other colors than black and white. But even then corpse paints aren’t really colorful or life-affirming, because the only added color is red – more blood for the corpse.