Cryptic Spell. Phenomenology of Black Metal aesthetics is an editorial project made for ISIA Urbino that investigates the history and aesthetic phenomenon related to the Black Metal music genre. It was sparked by one particular object, a patch of the band Darkthrone. The publication presents an excursus, which starts from the history of patches, describes the history of the music genre, the origins of metal typography, and culminates with a chapter on contemporary black metal aesthetics.
The book typography pairs Freight Text with Neue Haas Grotesk. The chapter openings present original lettering designed by us, connected to the different eras and styles that have crossed the history of heavy metal.