About thirteen years ago, Cardinal — a Deathgrind band from the Netherlands — were the first to commission me to design a logo.
This week I decided to redesign it in honor of — something special. Well, that plus the fact that I lost the original source files, and only had some low-resolution files on my computer. Just as well, really, because I never quite liked the original logo to begin with. The band, however, did express their fondness of it, and so I decided to stay close to it when I redesigned it.
Let me know which one you like best.
In other news … I finished my work on the album cover for Dauthuz‘ long-awaited full debut album; I’m currently working on a handful of personal and commissioned logo designs (Black Metal, Death Metal, Stoner Rock, and something Ambient); and as always, I’m also busy doing cartooning.
So, uh, I made this illustration some time ago for Witches of Dune, an alternative, all-female rock band from the Netherlands.
It’s just a neat, simple design. But it made for a welcome change from my usual work.
By the way, the idea behind the design is that — well, it resembles the alchemical earth symbol and, at the same time, it lends a “Dune” feel to their lettered logo. (You know, what with the Bene Gesserit being the witches of — exactly.)
I just posted a #Throwbackthursday image of a logo I designed for a death metal band some years ago and in doing so, it sent me on a trip down memory lane. Now as you may or may not know, I used to be a prolific logo designer in the heavy metal underground — though not as prolific as one particular other logo designer, you know who I’m talking about. Between the years of 2004 and 2008, I was actively engaged in the scene and churned out a lot of logos for bands of various renown, mostly local but some national — and the odd international one. In later years, I just designed sporadically logos for people I got to know during those years (like recently, for example, the Dauthuz logo). Today I decided to make a collage of some of those logos.
There’s a story behind all these band logos.
- First column, top: El Barejo, a band inspired by Asesino featuring none other than my girlfriend’s first boyfriend. The band went on hiatus before even releasing a demo.
- First column, middle: Cardinal, a brutal grindcore band from the Netherlands, founded and led by Dennis Jak of Nembrionic and Unlord fame. I had drawn logos before, but this was my first for a somewhat high-profile figurehead of the Dutch heavy metal scene.
- First column, bottom: Deicide, a key band in the Florida death metal scene. Glen Benton needed a new logo due to legal issues and, through a contact of mine, I got to re-design it. When the judicial dust had settled, they deciced to revert back to their old logo. And rightly so — it’s just too iconic. But I did get from them a hoodie printed with my logo on it!
- Second column, top: Fleshbound, a Swedish death metal band featuring members of Lord Belial. I was given a tight deadline for a fleshed-out (half-pun intended) design. The band never took off: they didn’t even release a single.
- Second column, middle: Hivernatum, a pretend black metal band featuring me and my girlfriend. Some people claim to have seen us live on stage.
- Second column, bottom; third column, middle: two logo designs I presented to Dauthuz; the former logo, an Old School one similar to Entombed‘s, drawn freehand, digitally; the latter, a logo in my signature style, jagged and smooth. Of course, they picked the former.
- Third column, top: Hatred, a brutal death metal band from the Netherlands. It took me about four different designs (and about the same amount of years) before they finally accepted one. Shortly after, but not before the low-key release of their long-awaited follow-up to their 2003 EP Chaos in the Flesh, they disbanded.
- Third column, bottom: Necryptic, a death metal band from Eugene, Oregon. I think this was my first or second fully digitally designed logo.
- Fourth column, top: Nelchael’s Throne, a “trve” Austrian black metal band who wanted a Darkthrone-like logo. These guys are so underground, they’re actually mainstream in China. Joking aside, I don’t know if they ever got to write some songs. But apparently, according to the Interweb, they’re still active. I’m just guessing here, but I think they’re slumbering somewhere, waiting for their summons into Hell’s Army.
- Fourth column, middle: Toxocara, yet another Dutch death metal band, this one featuring (ex-)members of The Monolith Deathcult (whose logo, by the way, I also designed), God Dethroned, Prostitute Disfigurement, and Katafalk. They also disbanded, but hey, at least they released several full-length albums before disbanding. As for the logo, it was my last traditionally (i.e., with pen and paper) drawn logo.
- Fourth column, bottom: Soul Scythe, another death metal band from… well, you guessed it, Eugene, Oregon. And yes, there were even more bands from this place called Eugene who asked me to design a logo. Which is funny, really. I wouldn’t know where to place it on a map, but for some reason I made some name for myself there — more, far more even than I ever did here in my hometown of Rotterdam!
One day you’re writing your first blog post in months, and the very next day you have something new to blog about again already…
I’m not one for blogging, alright.
Anyway. This logo is drawn, designed, or made, however you want to say it, in my traditional style. I’m pretty pleased with it myself, especially with the skull-headed letter T in the centre of the logo.
Now, I myself am a sucker for graphical — symmetrical — logos; the guys from Dauthuz, however, thought the other one better, more fitting — arguably understandably since this one doesn’t ooze old school death metal like an ‘old English font’. Oh, and then, of course, there’s the fact that the band name is derived from old English, or so I am told. So uh, yeah…
But, let me know which one you like best.
Lately, I’ve been practicing. Off the grid, mostly. But I finally have something to show and tell.
As you may or may not know, around 2002-2003 I started off as a logo designer in the heavy metal underground. After some years I got bored with designing illigible logos and started pursuing other interests. This week marks my return to the logo design biz.
Dennis Jak (of Nembrionic and Unlord fame) was the first ever to commission me for a logo design for his then band, Cardinal. This past week he contacted me again to design a logo for his newly formed old school death metal band, Dauthuz (featuring members of Disavowed, Synesis Absorption, Obsidian, and Eternal Solstice). How could I refuse him?
After not having designed a band logo in–what?–three years, it’s good to know I’ve still got it.
This one here is digitally hand-drawn in ArtRage and color adjusted in Photoshop. I got another one in the works, one in my traditional jaggy style, which I hope to be able to show somewhere later this week. So stay tuned.