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13 Jan, 2009

Taxonomy of heavy metal band names

Posted by: Dave In: Music


If you think there’s a formula to heavy metal band names, you might be right.

My favorite is the “Triple Umlaut” in the bottom left corner of the diagram.

Link to larger image (via JWZ)

4 Responses to "Taxonomy of heavy metal band names"

1 | Jim Thompson

January 14th, 2009 at 8:49 am


If you’re not careful, a blog like this could end up being a duplicate of jwz’s, minus the DNA updates and mixtapes. I think that guy must spend most of his free time surfing the web for really bizarre stuff to post on his blog.

2 | Jim Thompson

January 14th, 2009 at 8:54 am


The only thing surprising in that diagram is the Faulkner references. Poe, Kafka, or Lovecraft I might have expected, but not Faulkner. Interesting to see one of Mississippi’s greatest appearing in the context of heavy metal.

3 | Dave

January 14th, 2009 at 10:20 pm


Jim, yeah sometimes I just can’t help myself when I see something on his blog. I have to repost it.

This was one of those times.

I was a metal fan in high school and college and thought some of these band names were so cool.

4 | Scott

January 17th, 2009 at 6:50 pm


I’ll have to keep a copy of this in case I ever need to name a metal band, or a parody of one. Someone has far too much time on their hands, but they do good work and I’m grateful for it.


  • Dave: Not sure, Bryan, but I'd love to know where Craig lives.
  • Bryan Hanks: What city were those in?
  • Kevin David Anderson: check out our other wreaths at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150452725264516.391111.360128594515&type=3
  • epiphenita: Like Tom Waits without the music.
  • epiphenita: Reminds me of my good friend's artwork: http://victoriacarlson.blogspot.com/2009/06/untitled.html
  • Dave: I think someone should make some dance music from those "WHOAHs."
  • epiphenita: Oh, Dave. That was tonic to my soul. Perfect. I vote for an exorcism.
  • Dave: Hmm, looks sober to me.
  • Scott: I'm thinking that the guy with the hat might have had a drink or two before this picture was taken. Just a hunch...
  • Scott: There's a roleplaying scenario just waiting to be written based on these pictures. :-)


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