Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Alright, I like metal. Sue me. Sure, there are plenty of bands I don't get but I still like to rock out (heh). One of the best things about the Black Metal groups, aside from the spikes and corpse paint, are the mostly incomprehensible band logos.

Before we continue, black metal is not metal played by black guys. Yes, Body Count ruled but that is not what this is about. Wikipedia says, "Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often employs fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, double-kick drumming, and unconventional song structure." The guys in the bands look like this:

Well they are not all teens in the suburbs, most of them are hardcore Norwegian evil beings. Now, on with the logos...

Some aren't too hard to read. The first is Borknagar, a Progressive/Viking/Folk/Black metal group from Norway; and the second is Swedish black metal outfit Watain. These two are similar with their form of symmetry, especially in Watain's. This is a common theme in most logos. Then there are the harder to read, like this ridiculous entry into society.

Stumped? Me too. It allegedly says Korgonthurus, which I think is some sort of dinosaur. I have stared at this forever and cannot figure out how the hell this tree branch says Korgonthurus. I even looked at the below image where someone outlined the letter and I still don't see half of the name.

This all came along because @GhoulishGary from Rue Morgue Magazine posted a link on Twitter to a blog called Metal Sucks where they have a contest going for guessing the "Completely Unreadable Band Logo of the Week."

If you can figure out what that says head over to their site and enter! If you want to check out a few more hard-to-read logos check HERE and HERE.

As an added bonus here is a video of some teens in Russia doing an acoustic black metal performance for the class' enjoyment. Hi-larious!


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