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.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


Two releases from UK Industrial Doom/Death outfit Hybernoid.

The "Well of Grief" demo features a great statue of a lady (angel?) who's obviously having a very bad day. From a graveyard somewhere in North Manchester, UK.

The cover of "The Last Day Begins?" features 4 different images, carved by the band's guitarist Dave Evans. The top left image is inspired by a Celtic statue from Boa Island, Upper Lough Erne, Ireland, and the bottom right image is (presumably) inspired by the stone heads of Easter Island.

Thanks to the band member who commented below.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Statue on well of grief demo is from a graveyard in north Manchester UK. All the stone carvings on the Last Day Begins LP are original and all carved by Dave Evans the guitar player who is a professional stone mason. Yes your right about Boa island as inspiration. All these carvings are in a garden in North Manchester, now all aged with rustic patina.