Recently, I went looking for a way to create my own fonts. I did this in part to apply an organic element to my comics without the painstaking element of putting in all that effort to ensure my writing is legible. But also, I’ve always wanted to make my own fonts. So I meandered over to Calligraphr and figured out how to go about this. Then I decided to apply what little I know to making another font based around a Metal band.
It seems unlikely that you haven’t heard of this band. For one thing, you’d need to be fairly well-versed in the world of Metal. Which most people simply are not. It truly is like some kind of archaic secret knowledge privy to only a select few of the greatest minds society can deliver.
Years ago–many years ago–when I was first getting into Metal, I brought home the first Death Metal bands I’d heard, albums borrowed from a friend at school. They were Death: Symbolic and Mobrid Angel: Covenant. My younger brother was pretty excited by these at the time. About a week or two later, he was off in South Dakota and went to a music store that, I’m quite certain, was an On Cue, or “one of those brands killed by Best Buy in the late 90’s.” In a discount bin, he found three albums that appeared to be Death Metal bands, so he bought them. They were The Accused, Accidental Suicide, and Desultory.
The Accused is actually an old punk band, and we didn’t care for them. Accidental Suicide remains the only Metal band I’ve yet heard that fits the tiresome stereotype of “you can’t understand the lyrics.” You could’t understand them even while following along with the printed lyrics in the booklet. The last was Desultory, the album Bitterness. This album is a classic, and Desultory was the first time we ever considered the concept that there were maybe bands from Scandinavia.
Now, of course, we know Scandinavia is one of the “most Metal” parts of the planet, but then, it was a new concept. We were young, forgive our naivety. But, that random discovery, of this band randomly in a discount bin in a random music/media store in rural South Dakota launched a lifetime of fandom. Desultory would put out only three albums in the 1990’s. Two solid classics, and one much less so. A couple years ago, Desultory returned with Counting Our Scars, and just this month (July 2017), they put out their “going away” album. Effectively, putting out two more stellar sets of music and only to then vanish from the music scene again. Bummer.
Creative band logos are a big part of this genre of music. Metal bands love their branding, and I always enjoyed drawing them myself. Desultory’s was one of my favorite logos, and one that I felt I could serve as inspiration for a decent font. So, after making my font with my handwriting, I went about trying to make one at least inspired by Desultory’s logo. I did however, realize there are some limitations to my current WordPress blog, so I can’t put it up here for a download, so will need to get that worked out before I can share the font. But you can at least take a gander at a sample of it below: