Being a blog dedicated to the use of gargoyles, grotesques, statues and carvings in album art, especially that of Doom Metal (and related genres). It may also include similar archaic images such as standing stones, monoliths, or mediaeval illustrations.

To my mind Doom Metal (when done correctly) evokes a feeling a great age, spirituality and contemplation, and this is enhanced by the imagery. I have a love of churches and other old buildings, and the two things go hand in hand for me; the images of gargoyles, statues and crosses used by Doom and Doom/Death bands, especially in the early 90s, seemed to perfectly fit the music. Also, the band names like Cathedral, Church Of Misery, Chapel Of Rest, and Castle; all these added to my imagined link between the music and churches and other old buildings.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Cathedral -- gargoyle logo

One of the most recognised "gargoyles" in Doom (though it's not strictly speaking a true gargoyle) is Cathedral's "gargoyle logo", and it is one that I hold a great deal of affection for (Cathedral's debut album "Forest Of Equilibrium" was my initiation into the world of Doom Metal, and is still one of my top 3 albums of all time).

The band took the image from an illustration in "The Book Of Jade", a collection of decadent poetry by David Park Barnitz which also directly inspired much of the band's lyrical imagery.

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