The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

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Oceano – Aliens, Da Vinci and life itself

3rd of April, 2015

Oceano is a Deathcore band from Chicago, IL, USA, formed in 2006. The band has released four albums to this day with Ascendants being the latest one – released in March 2015 via Earache Records.

Ascendants is an album conceptually centered around the opinions and views of Oceano’s lead singer Adam Warren about human origins, life itself and the concept of reality. For example the opener Nephilim is about the ancestry of humanity or The Dulce Incident is about the correspondent incident in an alleged secret alien underground facility.

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Gorguts – Colored Sands. A sponge for Tibet.

13th of November, 2013

Gorguts is a Technical Death Metal band from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. The band was formed in 1989 and was part of the first wave of Death Metal with its debut Considered Dead from 1991 (for which Chris Barnes – then Cannibal Corpse, now Six Feet Under – did a few backing vocals) and their 1998 Masterpiece Obscura. The’ve released 5 studio albums to date with Colored Sands being the latest – released this year via Season of Mist.

Why are you looking at me, Metal cover?

6th of January, 2013

Most Metal cover artworks are based on recurrent sujets, elements or themes. Among the most common elements are those referring to death, torture, gore, religion, mysticism or politics. And when it comes to overall visual concepts the symmetry in its diverse forms is one of the most popular one. Maliciously one could say that the artists lack of innovations and creativity. But on the other hand why change a winning team? In that matter Metal is a quite reactionary genre. Admittedly there are always new streams, expressions and creations but in its deep core Metal always tries to conserve its traditional values.

One very interesting and very common symmetric concept for Metal covers are faces looking directly at the viewer. “Faces” and “looking” should be understrood rather freely, as we aren’t talking about regular faces or heads. More likely demon’s heads, skulls, melted faces, rotten faces, (gas) masks, animals or robots/cyborgs. And they don’t all have eyes in a traditional meaning. Some have none, others have objects coming out of them, are glowing in the dark or, well, are rotten. But the remarkable resemblance is that they all are making direct eye contact with the viewer.