The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

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Godmachine Feature

Godmachine – Comics, Cats and Skateboards

24th of July, 2012

Godmachine – born in Cardiff, South Wales – is one of the most impressive rising artists in Metal illustration – yet unbelievably underrated. His artistic style is clearly inspired by comic illustrations (as he states on his website he “grew up with a steady diet of … 2000AD comics“) while adding a very morbid, dark atmosphere, grungly elements and an insane amount of details. Another source of inspiration is Jim Philips and Santa Cruz skateboards, famous for their shrill illustrations (like the iconic screaming hand). There are various books available covering Jim Philips’ work, for example Surf, Skate & Rock.

Napalm Death - Wolf Still

Napalm Death – The Symmetric Wolf I Feed

7th of July, 2012

Napalm Death (no introduction needed) just released a new video for The Wolf I Feed taken from their latest effort Utilitarian – released in 2012 via Century Media. The clip was directed by Tim Fox.

Commented Napalm Death singer Mark “Barney” Greenway: “This is one of Mitch’s lyrics. It is about Armageddon ideology and the way this is used to drive populations sensitive towards religious dogma. When they can fear ‘The Great Satan’, that is, of course, a very powerful tool. It can be used to propagate everything from racial suspicion and superiority, to wars based around the dogmatic quest for moral purification.” (source)

carcass - heartwork

Carcass – Symmetrie Macht Fleisch

19th of November, 2011

Heartwork is the fourth album by Metal band and pure legend Carcass. It was released in 1993 through Earache Records.

The sculpture depicted in the cover art is called “Life Support 1993” and was designed by H.R. Giger. In fact it is an update of a sculpture he created in the late 1960s. The video for the song “Heartwork” features a real-life interpretation of the sculpture, including a human welded as a part of it (source).

HR Giger Portrait

H.R. Giger (Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger) was born in Chur in Switzerland (Chur – sounds like a perfect Black Metal band name). Giger is a world famous surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. His most distinctive stylistic innovation is the representation of human bodies and machines in a cold, interconnected relationship, described as “biomechanical”. And his most popular work might be the design for Ridley Scott’s Alien movie, for which he won an Academy Award in 1979.Carcass’ Heartwork wasn’t the only work of Giger featured in Metal imagery. He also worked with band’s like Celtic Frost, Tryptikon, Atrocity or Danzig. Some of them might be around this blog soon.