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

Godsend -- demo 1992

An interesting image of a carving (not quite sure what it's of), used by Norwegian Doom band Godsend on their 1992 demo (sometimes referred to as the "Starfall" demo).

At a casual glance I thought the image was maybe of a pair of knights, or possibly Viking warrors given the Norwegian origin. The way the edge of the picture crops the head of the figure on the left gives a false impression of a conical helmet. On closer inspection however, it could be Adam and Eve with The Tree between them (a common image), though the item in the hands looks more like a flower than an apple.

Can anyone shed any light?

UPDATE Oct 2016:

I have been in touch with the guy behind Godsend, and he told me that the picture was taken in a cemetery in his hometown of Trondheim, Norway, though he cannot remember exactly what kind of stone structure it was.

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