Lord of the Logos: Designing the Metal Underground. Heavy metal logos by the master of the genre. Fans of underground black metal music call Christophe Szpajdel the Lord of the Logos.
This eponymous book is a collection of hundreds of Szpajdel’s powerful logos, each of which captures the force of this genre anew.
The hallmark of Szpajdel’s work is his surprisingly fluid combination of letters with visual elements from art movements such as art deco and art nouveau. But Szpajdel’s most important source of inspiration is nature: roots and trees as well as bats and other creatures.
In addition to the impressive selection taken from the thousands of logos this passionate metalhead has already created, Lord of the Logos also contains photos of dark forests, desolate moors, and gnarled branches that are closely related to his work.
Lord of the Logos: Designing the Metal Underground
Through his use of unusual aesthetic influences, Szpajdel has brought a new dynamic into the gothic visuality of heavymetal. He has not only succeeded in leaving his own visual mark on this music, but has expanded the canon of forms it uses.
The book is done in the style of a black prayerbook, an appropriate choice for an artist whose fans in the black metal community worship him as the Lord of the Logos
Check an interview with the artist here:
How much of your time goes to designing band logos and how much to other professional or artistic endeavors?
For logos, there are about 20-30 hours a week going into it, alongside with 38 hours of my regular job as retail assistant. In April this year I also painted on a mural here in Exeter. This one was for a new opening restaurant called Valhalla, owned by the same guy who runs “Revolution”, a tarot and spiritual healing shop on the bustling Fore Street in Exeter. Now, I am calling on exhibition opportunities as they play a crucial role in showcasing the vast body of my work to newer audiences, attracting new types of audience that simply are eager on discovering some never seen before aesthetics in typography, calligraphy, graphic design and letter art. As well, this is a chance to boost the sales of my monograph book Lord of the Logos, which is, 5 years on, still available from Gestalten and still in print.
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