By Alee Karim
Ten bucks if you can read this back to us
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 Metal-archives.com for hosting most of these.)
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.