Sub-Culture: Extreme Metal-Deathcore

A Sub Culture lead by Bands such as Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Thy Art Is Murder, Job For A Cowboy, All Shall Perish, Carnifex And Despised Icon and the Design of Graphic Artists Grindesign, Marco Hasmann, Par Olofsson, Mark Riddick, Headsplit Design and Hal Rotter.

The Designers Work.

Body adornment: Adorned in an extensive collection of Tattoo’s, covering any part of the body, even previously taboo areas such as the neck, hands and face. Often containing Satanic, Pagan and Biblical imagery, with elements of traditional tattoo design such as Flash Tattoo.

Graphics: Borrowing more from the Death Metal imagery than Hardcore, utilizing intricate imagery with gory and violent imagery with themes of Anti-Religious, Anti-Government and Horror Content. Largely produced through use photo-shop and Illustrator after beginning with a basic sketch, however there is a high value and respect for  the works of Artists/Designers such as Mark Riddick and Par Olofsson who create their images through traditional Paint, Illustration etc. What follows is a sped up version of premier Deathcore designer “Grindesign” process in creating an image for Australian Deathcore band Far West Battle Front.


Hair: Short “Buzz Cuts” are common however Long Hair is also, as the Culture is a fusion of two existing sub-cultures of Hardcore and Death Metal where these hairstyles are common, respectively.

Chest: Band T-shirts are by far the most common element, supporting your favorite bands being of great importance, however cut off sleeves and singlet’s are widespread due to the nature of Deathcore mosh pits and touring. Also recently there has been a resurgence of traditional Metal elements such as “Battle Jackets”.

Pants: Denim pants and shorts are common as well as “Mosh Shorts” which are essentially basketball shorts, however printed with band insignia rather than a sporting team and are a practical choice due to the style of dancing or moshing making movement easier.

Feet: Generally small canvas shoes such as Converse or Vans, also practical for moshing or Live performance.

Jewelry: Little Jewelry, although high gauge stretchers are common.

Stretched Lobe






Symbols: Symbol’s within the culture are heavily related to religious contradiction, for example inverted crosses are used extensively as well as demonic sigils and imagery.

Use Of Inverted Cross Symbol









Another common element especially in the newer direction of bands is this political subversion, lead by bands Job For A Cowboy and Molotov Solution, showing a progression in lyrical themes away from gore and anti-religious sentiments and towards a more socially and politically aware movement.

Politcal Imagery









Logographic: Most bands within the movement have logo’s whether through the use of Typography or Symbolism or both.


Graphic Logo











These are logos for influential Deathcore band Whitechapel, Above being the Typographic and the Below being symbolic.

The Typography within Deathcore is most prominent within logo design for the bands, each band having their own one off font created for their band making the name not only text but also an image.

Suicide Silence TypographyI Shall Devour Typography












Clothing: In addition to the everyday dress, there is a strong persuasion within the culture towards lyric Tees’ as the lyrics of a band and their message is very important to the audience, whether it is social commentary or just lyrical shock value for example this very common Suicide Silence shirt.

Suicide Silence Lyric Tee







Both Advertising and Flyers are centered around the imagery and logo’s of the band, usually with a grand image affiliated with the band as backing, for example, the advertising and tour posters/flyers as well as internet “lyrical flyers” for their recent album Hate’s release.

Hate Album Cover

Hate Album Cover








Australian Tour Flyer









Australian Tour Flyer

European Tour Flyer









European Tour Flyer


Hate Lyric Flyer









Internet Lyric Flyer


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