The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

Archive: Thrash Metal

Gojira Magma – boiling energies etched by Hibiki Miyazaki

26th of July, 2016

Gojira is a French heavy metal band from Bayonne. They have released six studio albums and three live DVDs, most recently their album Magma on June 17, 2016 through Roadrunner Records. The band isn’t easy to categorize, they shift with ease between Death Metal, Progressive Metal and Thrash Metal. Their lyrical themes are equally broad – life, death and nature play major roles in their songs and albums.

The cover artwork for Magma was created by Hibiki Miyazaki from Portland, Oregon. Hibiki is an award winning artist focussing on prints, paintings and drawings who studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. I had the chance to ask Hibiki a few questions about the idea and process of this amazing artwork.

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Daath – Sharpen the Symmetry

17th of March, 2012

Daath (or Dååth) is a progressive Death Metal band from Atlanta, USA. The Concealers – whose cover is depicted above – is their third full length album with a self-titled release being the latest one. This cover artwork was created by Jordan Haley.

The interesting thing about this cover is the (in Metal standards) unusual way of showing cliche elements. If you would close your eyes and I would list you the elements shown in this cover you would definitely have something different in mind. We’ve got blades, coffins, blood, axes, knifes, chains, bones, spikes, horns and batwings. And not in the usual gory but in a rather graphic and reduced way. With a strict color coding of black, white and red.

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It’s time to raise the flag of symmetry … again

1st of November, 2011

German Thrash Metal band Kreator obviously loves symmetry … and faces (surprisingly known for their symmetry). From their early days in 1982 on they stuck to the theme of symmetry mostly conveyed through grotesque faces. One could say that Kreator managed to create a  highly recognizable visual identity with the iconic tormented heads and the always same positioned, blood-red logo. With cultivating this for almost 30 years, Kreator uses its visual brand identity in a better way than some of the biggest economic brands in the world.