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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The 10 Most Unreadable Metal Band Logos

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5. Watain

This simple yet inscrutable logo for a word that doesn't exist belongs to one of the more deeply creepy bands in the genre. These Swedes bring fire, animal carcasses, and all manner of satanic esoterica onstage. They also sport the most perfectly symmetric logo on this list.


4. Leviathan

Leviathan are part of the new wave of American black metal. This logo manages to be less spindly, more robust, and somehow twice as inscrutable as the others. It's also less aesthetically pleasing and potentially a little corny in its horror effect next to Leviathan's effectively scary music.


3. Wolves in the Throne Room

This Olympia, Wash.-based black metal band with mystical leanings took the sound of Weakling and tweaked it in more personal directions. They also made the logo much harder to read, though the band pulled a little hat trick by presenting the logo long after they were established in the scene.


2. Weakling

This is as obscure as it gets, and it's an utterly appropriate representation for this hermetic and short-lived ensemble. While ignored in its time, Weakling was a seminal Bay Area band that helped initiate much of the United States black metal scene. In fact, some would say it spawned the much more successful band below.


1. Xasthur

Southern California Black Metal, specifically... San Diego: That's right, the gargled-with-sandpaper voice of Xasthur's only member Malefic is actually a dude from SoCal named Scott. His logo is the best one on this list, albeit completely and utterly unreadable. It's certainly the most ornately designed and objectively beautiful, the perfect analogue to this most mournful of modern black metal bands.

-- @AOKarim

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