Friday, April 27, 2012
Metal Art: Birds
The above art comes from Serious Beak's Huxwhukw. I don't know whether that album is worth anything or not, since I haven't yet listened to it, but it strikes me that this is some of the best album art I've ever seen. So I started thinking about birds and their significance to the art of metal.
Of course, you have the carrion birds--the ravens, vultures, and crows. That's obvious enough.
Grand Feast for Vultures
Shadows of Extinction
The Sword/Witchcraft Split
But you also have the well-known bird of the night, the owl, every species of which is nocturnal. They are amazing hunters with spectacular vision.
Pray for Villains
Fly by Night
And, obviously, there are always (un)dead birds.
Eater of Birds
Budgie, of course, had a bird-man theme to the cover of most of their albums.
And that's just the tip of the beak. Birds are a surprisingly versatile symbol. Depending on the species and how it's depicted, a bird can represent strength, militarism, peace, ferocity, nobility, death, or life.