Following up on a previous posting about vases in homage of heavy metal music, it’s worth noting that there is a book exploring another visual expression of this genreâ€the logo. A band’s logo is a mark that must align to the band’s music. This is very true for heavy metal bands.
Publisher of visual culture Gestalten is showcasing the identity work of Christophe Szpajdel, a Belgian forestry engineer with a passion for promoting the underground metal scene through his logo design work (sample above). His visual artistry has garnered a lot of fans in the underground metal community who call him the “Lord of the Logos, which serves as the title of his published portfolio that showcases 200-plus pages of his logo design work. From an interview for e-zine Maelstrom, Christophe’s focused designing of logos for metal bands began at a very young age:
“I started to draw these logos when I was a small kid, in the middle of the 70’s when my musical interests were clearly hard music-oriented. I was already fascinated by bands like Kiss, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Blondie or Black Sabbath. Extreme Metal grew in the mid of the 80’s and found a vocation in me when I discovered bands like Slayer, Venom, Hellhammer, Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Kreator, Destruction, Dark Angel, Darkness, Running Wild, Helloween, MotÃƒÂ¶rhead, Possessed, Iron Angel, Agent Steel, Judas Priest, Sepultura (in their brilliant epoch!), Mutilator and many others. That was the origin to my fascination in calligraphy.
Christophe’s discovery of metal bands grew in parallel with work-travels in forestry engineering. Nature’s landscape and its inhabitants are a combined primary influence of his logo visualization. The reference to such organic forms as tree compositions and rock formations, or even nocturnal creatures like bats, is apparent.
Sample spreads from book “Lord of the Logos; Images by Gestalten
The metal music community is well served by Christophe’s imaginative logo designs. He keeps making his mark on the music he loves.
A bevy of 800+ hand drawn logos by Christophe can be viewed in his online gallery.