Top 10 Most Unreadable Metal Band Logos

Ten bucks if you can read this back to us

By Alee Karim

Once upon a time, extreme metal bands opted to contort their logos into the most stylized mutations possible as a way to visually
represent their music, and as a proud testament to the obscurity of their appeal. But by now it's all become a bad joke, and you're
likelier to find the sludgiest doom crust ensemble representing themselves in simple Helvetica than in the arcane designs of old.
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Still, as the fine fellows at Metal Sucks have already keenly observed, the illegible band logo marches on. So here's a look at ten of the most insanely unreadable black metal
logos. What stories might they tell? (Hat tip to for
hosting most of these.)

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10. Deathspell Omega

 Granted, if you look at it a certain way, it looks like it says “Deathspew.” But the irony is that our list's most legible logo belongs to its
most inscrutable band. Deathspell Omega is a French occult black metal group that offers NO interviews, NO live engagements, NO
self-portraits, and NO names to its rabidly devoted cult following. Go ahead: Attempt to find out anything about these guys' identities.
Even the Internet has its limits.



9. Panopticon

 Part of the ever-growing movement of bedroom black metal, Panopticon hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Despite its experimental
leanings and the incorporation of bluegrass elements into its deeply excoriating music, Panopticon keeps it decidedly old school with a
ridiculously over-stylized and very-hard-to-discern logo.



8. Nachtmystium

One of the reasons it's so hard to decipher most black metal band logos is they tend not to be words, but rather weird portmanteaus
pulling from multiple dialects. Hence these Chicagoans, who've dubbed themselves something to the effect of “hidden night place.”



7. Mayhem

Interesting to note that one of the founding fathers of black metal has one of the easiest to read logos, though a less-seasoned eye
might still balk at it.



6. Darkthrone

Equally influential black metal legends Darkthrone split the difference perfectly with this utterly unique and much-imitated splatter of a
logo. It's got personality and about as much recognition value as one can get in this genre.
Next: Descending into the blackest depths of illegibility



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 quite-
scary music.



3. Wolves in the Throne Room

This Olympia, Washington-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.



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 their time, Weakling was a seminal Bay Area band that helped kick off much of the United States black metal scene. In fact, some
would say it spawned the much more successful band below.



1. Xasthur

Who knew the gargled-with-sandpaper voice of Xasthur's only member Malefic is actually a dude from San Diego 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.

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