Ok, no one clicked on that link but it’s ok because I know ya’ll will have fun with band logos. They’re fun! And, you’ll probably have more fun with me here to guide you through because I have that soothing text-voice. Like typo-ridden ASMR for your eyeballs.
Ok first up we have to talk about decent but weirdly popular black metal band Wiegedood
Which is a rune, and a made-up one at that, which is OBVIOUSLY cheating. Wiegedood is the Dutch name for SIDS or something and that’s a pretty cool name but come on with this shit.
This is their real logo and look how boring it is.
Check out this shit, idiots
Our friends Barren Altar
did the rune thing but it actually spells out their name. Straight better! Barren Altar is a good ass name and they play death-doom with a melodic black metal guitar lead which is a killer mix, solid work all around Barren Altar.
Sepulcher is a death/thrash band from Norway and lol look how gross this logo is:
I’m not a big fan of asymmetrical logos but it’s so drippy! It’s gross!
Log Driver is a blackgrind band from Connecticut and oh my god this aesthetic
Their band description on bandcamp is ‘Deforestation-core/Extinction Is Forever’
I have no further comment.
Wait, that’s the stoner band from Australia. I mean the speed metal band from Canada
Who missed the 70’s? (Droid is actually super solid throwback speedmetal, like, actually go listen to this album if you miss the late 70’s/early 80’s)
No, not the underground Singaporean band from the 90’s, the famous Depressive Black Metal project from California that is on my shit list for doing a Burzum cover
I’m not sure EITHER of these spell out the band’s name, to be clear, but I’ve always dug how smokey the one on the left is. Smokey is good!
Sinmara is a decent black metal project from Norway. I really like their drumming!
It’s so wiggily! I have never seen such a wiggly logo!
Vale Of Pnath is a tech death band from Colorado and boy do they want to be early Fleshgod Apocalypse. I don’t like early FGA, but Vale of Pnath… fucking owns? Anyways, let’s marvel as they try to figure out their logo over the course of nearly a decade
Boooo, you can not convince me that’s not a canned font
Eh, acceptable but boring.
IT’S THE LITTLE ‘OF’ THAT REALLY SELLS IT
Let’s take a look at NYC Avant-garde extreme metal band Imperial Triumphant go through their own version of this. (Avant-garde means they play black metal but sometimes there’s horns)
Hrm, this is not great ya’ll
Once again I think you’re onto something but are missing the mark.
Too far too far! plz calm down
… Ok this one is great
Vektor is proggy thrash from the US and idk
I feel like I should like it but I don’t? It sure is something, though.
Hexecutor is French throwback thrash and they’re pretty fucking good. Their logo progression is a weird one
This is pretty cool, wow
This is not great
Wormrot is grindcore from Singapore and I’m not a fan but their logo, let me tell you
Nucleus is death metal from Chicago and gosh does their logo look SHARP
Chevalier is a female-fronted trad metal band from Finland and how could they NOT BE trad metal with this shit
It’s got a helmet and chains in it!
Revocation is tech death from Bostion and their logo is a nice crossover of the ‘symmetrical spike circle’ school of logo design and the ‘make it real drippy’ school
Quantum Hierarchy is Italian death metal, but not tech death, but they were like, ‘hey, you know how tech death logos are spiky sometimes? I want this fucker to look like we had a problem with pigeons roosting on it’
Nevermore shall you shit on our logo, birds
Ghost Bath is a post-metal band from North Dakota and they are another nice fusion, this time the ‘what if our letters were like, overgrown?’ and ‘drippy!’
Archspire is a Canadian tech death band and they’re fine but they wish they could be their logo which is a generic logo idea executed really well
It’s just really solid.
Inferno! But, before you get too excited, not the Inferno from Costa Rica, Cyprus, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Hungary, Indonesia, either of the two from Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, the United States, Venezuela, or the one with the umlaut on the o from Norway (say it with me, In-fer-nöööööööö), but the black metal band from the Czech Republic.
Anyways, their logo used to look like this
(lol at that cover art)
has appeared on cover art as this
But generally looks like this
Chthe’ilist atmospheric death metal from Canada. It’s pretty good! Their logo looked like this lovely swoopy cthulhu
which, you know, holy shit
but for some reason on their last release they decided to go with this
OH MY GOD
Vircolac is an Irish death metal band. Vircolac is Romanian for ‘werewolf.’ Their logo
IT’S GOT DOGGOS IN IT
Ok, let’s get this shit out of the way
‘lol party cannon have u seen that festival poster lol wow colors wow it’s so great that a band doesn’t take itself seriously like a band whos logo is in the shape of a chuthulu that sings about Zelda metal is so serious’
Party Cannon is slam from the UK and slam fucking sucks and party cannon isn’t even good slam and they suck and, hey, I went to listen to a song before I wrote this to make sure I wasn’t selling them short and it opens with a transphobic joke. Seriously. Fuck party cannon and fuck irony in metal. I have more respect for the fucking anime slam bands
Probably don’t click on that.
But like, this is already more fun that Party Cannon look at this dumb shit
Anime slam sideproject from a 17 year old Chinese guy who drew the logos for his other bands too
Metal truly is a magical thing
(If you don’t know what slam sounds like, here’s some anime slam without a gross cover 4u)
It sucks! Such is the fate of all slam!
Anyways, fuck these Party Cannon.
-Wait, I have just been informed that they stylize it PaRtY-CaNnOn which ok
That got a smile out of me
Onwards and upwards
Hæthen is an American sounding black metal band from… America. It’s a sound I like! Their logo, though,
IT’S TREES! IT’S GOT ROOTS! WOW!
Úir is Scottish black metal.
YOU HAVE A THREE LETTER NAME AND THAT’S THE BEST YOU CAN DO FOR THE ‘R’? REALLY? GROW THE FUCK UP
A Diadem of Dead Stars is atmospheric black metal from Greece. They have a fucking killer name From their album art you might think they’re a Summoning worship band but they’re really not. Their logo is the rooty-ist of all rooty logos look at them roots
Despite being a pretty generic atmospheric BM band most of the time they released one EP that was meloblack in the style of Windir and it sounds like a uplifting Agalloch and holy fucking shit
he just went back to doing normal atmospheric metal after this and it’s pretty good but god what a missed opportunity! This is probably my single favorite song I’ve discovered this year.
Inferi! not the black metal band from Argentina, Finland, the Netherlands, either of the two from Italy, or the speed metal band from Mexico, it’s the melo/tech death band from Nashville! They’re… not great, but logos!
It’s pointy! It’s got roots! It’s got a DOOR IN IT!
Draghkar is a death metal band from LA. They’re not amazing which is rough because there’s a lot of good death metal from Cali right now, but logos! They used to be this
A boring kind of bat logo. Booooo! Then they were like, ‘what if it was a bunch of souls getting sucked into potals?’ and WHAT IF IT WAS?
Moray is thrashy black metal from Utah and their logo is just so classsy
Just an approving nod of a logo, I think
Caladan Brood is an atmospheric/epic black metal band (read: Summoning clone) also from Utah. CB was like, ‘We really like Summoning but what if we were like the Summoning of something that wasn’t LOTR? What if, what if we were the Summoning of Malazan Book of the Fallen?’ Which, haha oh my god you two are so cute
First reaction: wow this is a great logo.
Second reaction: WHERE THE FUCK IS THE ‘C’ YOU ASSHOLES? DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME THE CHAIN IS THE ‘C’ YOU BUTTS! HOW DARE U! WHERE’S THE L? OH MY GOD IS IT THE SWORD? YOU WANT ME TO READ THIS IN A SPIRAL WITH A SWOOSH THROUGH IT FOR THE ‘BROOD’? NEVER! I WILL NEVER READ MALAZAN!
Addaura is an atmospheric black metal band from Seattle. They’re pretty good!
Logo is a good crossover of ‘thin lines’ and ‘drippy’ and I like the strong line right through the middle. If it’s unclear what they’re going for, maybe this will help clear it up
Ya’ll doing ok? You seem a little down.
Wait, what. Airport grocery? The… [google search] restaurant from Cleveland? That’d can’t be right. Let’s see…
Sequestered Keep is dungeon synth also from Utah. It’s good! ‘But wait, the term ‘dungeon synth’ doesn’t sound like metal!?’ It’s… look, it’s…
Basically if you took old medieval themed black metal from the 90’s and removed the guitars, the drums, and the vocals, that’s dungeon synth. Is it metal? No, but it’s like synthwave in that there’s so much audience crossover that metal has kind of claimed it. Anyways, look at this logo
It’s got a door in it! Yeah!
Lunar Shadow is a trad metal band from Germany. They seem pretty good?
When they first started they were like, ‘Let’s get really into that trad metal aesthetic!’
But then they were like, what if we tricked people into thinking we were a melodic black metal band for some reason?
Anyways, this logo has it all
It’s got swoops, it’s got sharp angles, it’s got squigglies, it’s got spider webs! Just fucking going for it!
Entheogen is a 2nd wave worshiping black metal band from the US. They seem decent. They went to make a logo and were like, ‘what if our logo was just a big fucking mess?’
But then, they got really paranoid. ‘What if this logo is too
easy to read? We need to do something about that!’
‘WHEW, CLOSE CALL’
Witte Wieven is a female-fronted atmospheric black metal band from The Netherlands. They’re pretty good! Their name comes from Dutch folklore and refers to GHOST WITCHES. GHOST WITCHES YA’LL
IT’S A BUTTERFLY HOLY SHIT THIS IS AMAZING!
Cadaveric Fumes is death metal from France and they did the wing thing + tentacles + spikes + mouths and shit, their music is pretty good but come on
Now that we know about butterflies are we really willing to settle here?