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The imagery of Heavy Metal.
Book design for Harte Klänge.

There is a myth about the being or non being a metal fan, but this work does not refer to the tragedies of Shakespeare, but to the lifelong relationship of many metal fans to their music. Fantastic themes, dark lyrics and guitar riffs in apocalyptic hardness. This content is a metal fan aware, but what about the associated imagery? Where do the figures, elements and spaces come from, which are depicted on the lush, almost over-printed album covers?

In order to find an answer, we examined the 2800 most important record covers of Metal and worked out their visual similarities, which are shown in this publication.

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«The genre of metal uses visual themes that are numerous in art and have their origins in literature. In part, image fragments are completely taken over. » André Konrad, Author

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