Brad's Top 20 Logos of All Time


Okay, I decided it was time to list some of my all time favorite logos.  These logos are judged upon their own aesthetic qualities rather than the merits of the bands.  I have included a little blurb as to why I like each one.  

 


 Master's Hammer

An olden font spells out the band's moniker but the true magic lies in the skull and shield image which lends a regal quality to this logo. 


 


Possessed

Possessed spelled out in fiery letters with a devilish tail implies demonic attributes but the bold white inverted cross removes any remaining doubt.  

 


Morbid Angel

The spikey letters intertwined with satanic symols perfectly convey the antichristian qualities of the lyrics and musics.  The white border surrounding the bright red lettering makes the logo leap off the page at your face.


Darkthrone

The decaying pentagram at the top of Darkthrone's logo and the staggered draping of what can be descriped as roots lends the logo a wild and natural beauty that screams long forgotten northern forests.


 


Unleashed

Possibly the best, most intricate logo ever.  The web of ice looks beautiful on what appears to be skeletal dragon wings.   


 


Crematory

Done by the same artist who did the Unleashed logo, Crematory's takes a smilar shape and drapes it with a web of decay and gore.  


 


Tiamat

Dominated by a pentagram and two inverted crosses, the concurrently beautiful and blasphemous logo from Tiamat soars on its demonic wings.  


 


Katatonia

This logo is elegant and romantically mystical and well balanced with its swirling loops and pentagram.  

 


Voivod

This logo looks like a sort of apocalyptic, robotic death machine.  A unique style that compliments Voivod's distinctive music.  



Gorement

The delicate curves and symmetrical lines are contrasted by brutal gore and webs of rot.  A hollowed skull dominates this logo as it stares down on the morbid decay.  Also if you check the modern Bloodbath logo the same style is present on the ends.

 


Xasthur

Xasthur's minimalist and trance inducing music is the opposite of this esoteric and busy logo that evokes images of a magical ceremony in  mid conjuration with ghostly swirls and mystical symbolism.  

 


At the Gates

Breaking the mold at the time for death metal logos by using clean lines and masterful cathedral windows.  An imposing and gothic logo.

 


Master

I remember seeing David Vincent (Morbid Angel) wearing a Masgter shirt an piqueing my ingterest in them.  I wasn't to be disappointed and this bold logo was as in your face as the old school, yet groundbreaking death metal on display by these Chicago kings! 

 


Holy Terror

Not many thrash bands have made this list but the skeletal remains that make up this intricate logo merit Holy Terror making a showing here.  Most thrash bands logos were boring with angular lines poking out but not Holy Terror.  

 


Mayhem

What needs to be said about this imposing logo that inverted crosses  demon wings, and angular spikes all bearing a slightly off balanced symmetry.  A very intimidating logo.

 


Dismember

A funny story, when I first saw this logo I thought it said Entomber.  However Dismember has conjured a logo that has both flow and seems to be etched in stone at the time.  The "d" and "r" that bookend this logo are some of the most memorable in the underground scene. 


Sepultura

Nothing captured the underground barbarity of the South American scene better than the spiky and primitive logo from the kings of Brazillian thrash.  

 

Grotesque

With lettering that almost looked like demonic graffiti Grotesque added two inverted crosses for one of the more stylized logos of the period, avoiding the typical dripping gore or gothic font.

Dark Angel 

Utilizing the typical angled lines that so many other thrash bands used at this time (Kreator, Slayer, Anthrax, Sadus, Slaughter, etc.) Dark Angel took it to a whole new level with detailed bat wings and the two-toned color fade from top to bottom.  If not for those qualities this logo would have just been generic.  


Unanimated

Once again, spikey lettering is utilized but this one seperates itself by the thinness of the letters and the ghostly curved "u" and "d" with their inverted crosses.   

Honorable Mentions:

Beherit
Autopsy
Demigod
Ulver
Arcturus