A magazine ad for Dean Guitars’ Namm Jam concert

“I don’t convert my drawings to vectors,” says Brian. Instead he uses bitmap Tiffs placed in Illustrator.

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Brian’s work is usually then offset or screen-printed. “If it’s a screen print, I’ll do my colour separations in Photoshop’s Channels panel.”

The big metal bands of the 80s had set logos that stayed with them from album to album, such Iron Maiden’s classic sharp typeface by long-term cover artist Derek Riggs. Many modern acts are less attached to a single identity, giving artists more scope to integrate typography with the style of their artworks.

Chris Parks has the final word about the use of letters. “Don’t skimp on the typography!” he growls.

“I see so many nice illustrations and gig posters being ruined when artists just slap on a font, with no love or care put into it.”

With both logos and artwork, modern metal gives artists the chance to try out new techniques, have fun with a well-known set of tropes, and create an interpretation of the way something sounds, rather than following a brief. Isn’t it about time you danced with the devil again?

T-shirt art for Disturbia (right) and Carnifex (left) by Godmachine

Gig poster by Jared Connor for black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room