Once upon a time, extreme metal bands opted to contort their logos into the most stylized mutations possible as a way to visually represent their music, and as a proud testament to the obscurity of their appeal. By now, it's all become a bad joke, and you're likelier to find the sludgiest doom crust ensemble representing themselves in simple Helvetica than in the arcane designs of old.
Still, as the fine fellows at Metal Sucks have already keenly observed, the illegible band logo is still a fairly healthy tradition. So let's look at 10 of the most insanely unreadable black metal logos — several of which represent Bay Area bands — to see what stories they might tell. (Hat tip to Metal-archives.com for hosting most of these logos.)