Bolt Thrower is a Death Metal band (well, legend) from Coventry, United Kingdom, formed in 1986. The band was founded by bassist Gavin Ward and guitarist Barry Thomson in a Coventry pub toilet during a hardcore punk gig (source). Bolt Thrower has released two demos, eight full length and one live album. Their name actually comes from Warhammer, the popular tabletop war game developed by Games Workshop. The band’s lyrics and artworks are also based on the game (the artworks of Bolt Thrower’s albums even were provided by Games Workshop).
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Flayed Disciple is a Death Thrash Metal band from Taunton, UK. They’ve released two demos, Drawn Viscera in 2008 and a self titled one in 2010. Their debut album Death Hammer was released through Grindscene Records in 2012. Inspired by Iron Maiden’s Eddie the band has established a mascot called Steve (a zombie character) appearing on all of their artworks – shirts, album covers, posters and so on.
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.
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)
Ingested is a Death Metal/Deathcore band from Manchester, UK, and was founded in 2007. To this day they have released two full length records (Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering in 2009 and The Surreption in 2011) and a three-way-split with Crepitation and Kastrated in 2007.
The cover for Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering is depicted above. The artwork was done by Toshihiro Egawa. Within a centered symmetry a flesh eating plant eats, impales and mutilates human bodies. Ingested’s logo design is nice aswell. It reminds me of thorns or barbed wire while incorporating Metal Descenders.
Annotations of an Autopsy is a British Deathcore/Death Metal band formed in 2006. The logo pictured above aswell as the cover artwork were released with their debut album Before the Throne of Infection in 2008. For the following releases (The Reign of Darkness in 2010 and the Dark Days EP in 2011) they always used a different logo design. As they aren’t symmetric I’m only featuring this brilliant logo of the Before the Throne of Infection era. It’s highly dynamic and seems to explode out of the centre. It has scratchy, organic aswell as insectoid elements combined to a harmonic basic shape. What I like most about their logo is the remarkable similarity to magnetic fields. The outer branches of the logo design are arranged in a similar way as metal splints around a magnetic field. I wonder what the positive and negative poles for Annotations of an Autopsy represent?
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).