Nothing else matters if you have heavy metal playing loud in your headphones. Or thrash metal. Or death metal. Or any other of the sub-genres. For the true fans and those who are obsessed with metal attributes, I’ve composed our most brutal typographical selection featuring my favorite metal fonts.
If you ask what makes me feel most nostalgic, it will be the metal culture. Today music styles are crazily merging, and true fans look like ordinary people — as if we lost this wild sense of freedom and rebel. So for everyone missing those times I suggest an epic throwback to the days when heavy metal was your everything, you were wearing your first Dr.Martens boots and the only gentle thing about you was Gently by Slipknot.
Heavy metal lettering is as varied as the heavy metal music genre itself. And as a true fan, I’ve done my best to cover as many styles as possible. Inside the selection, you’ll find death metal, thrash metal, folk metal, extreme metal fonts, and many others — all to quench your thirst for grim or epic aesthetics set up by your favorite bands.
Dramaga Typeface is a heavy metal font with a distinctive old-school style, inspired by post-hardcore bands. To find a suitable layout for your designs, you can try mixing the uppercase and lowercase letters. The font comes with OpenType features, so you’ll get plenty of tools for creativity: stylistic alternates, standard ligatures with swashes. Dramaga is a good choice to create gothic designs, branding, logos, product packaging, heavy metal album covers, different merchandise, and posters.
Anemouth is a dark metal font that is filled with a gothic aesthetic and is slightly tangent to the “devil” impression. It comes with a classic appearance but with a soul that already belongs to the modern world. Anemouth will be suitable for album covers, and posters, band logos and names, performing in metal, hardcore, underground, or even punk genre. Besides, it will also be suitable for merchandise such as t-shirts, bandanas, band posters, etc. As a bonus, you’ll get an illustration that matches the scary character of this heavy metal font.
Aviorte is an elegant and artistic gothic metal font bringing the charm of black in full. It is packed with diverse uppercase letters, numerals, themed punctuation marks, you can always make your composition look very pathetic and decorative. Multilanguage support coming in the package as well, allows you to design & translate messages for any audience. As a little bonus to complete the look: swashes, drawn Dobermann heads, ornamental elements to make Aviorte stand out from other metal fonts. Aviorte is ready to be your title, headline or logotype, badge, t-shirt design or branding project.
Sacre is an original metal band font containing uppercase and lowercase symbols, basic punctuation, and bonus strokes. This font was brush-drawn with classic markers, so their texture is clearly visible in every element. Sacre is all about the rage of the concerts with slamming, moshing, circle pit, and wall of death. So in your case, this metal font will be perfect for all kinds of themed projects and merchandise — or as a focal element for designs outside the subculture, like headers, typographic posters and branding projects.
If you are searching for a death metal font to make your blood freeze, Yourever is the one! It has accumulated all the grim and macabre vibes from the album covers, so you can now create something of yours — like decorating your band’s name, designing merchandise and branding, or simply putting up a powerful logo. Compared to the basic death metal fonts of the kind, Yourever includes uppercase and lowercase symbols, numerals, and bonus vector metal elements to make you free in your frightening creativity.
Metal Lord is a heavy metal band font created in 1996 which has been completely redrawn, spaced, and kerned since then. The hardcore fans will recognize the Iron Maiden logo — however, the current version is a bit heavier than it used to be. If you use the new version of Metal Lord in an OpenType savvy application, you’ll see magic stuff going on: letters occasionally flip, tuck, and grow little flags to fit nicely together, but not so much as to be distracting. You’ll find lots of punctuation, symbols, fractions and numeric ordinals following the classic metal font style — to the delight of typographic maniacs.
Introducing another finest dark metal font, Smackdead. Smackdead is deeply inspired by the black metal style and a horror theme, so it’s perfect for various themed designs, horror posters, heavy metal album covers, different flyers, merchandise, etc. Hopefully, you can be careless about the language you use — uppercase and lowercase characters, punctuation, and numerals support many different ways of sharing your messages with the world. Even the darkest ones.
Jotunheim is a metal font inspired by ancient runes. It features three different versions. Version 1 is the most simple and legible style. Version 2 is a bit more complex, which adds extra authenticity at the cost of legibility, and Version 3 comes with the most intricate style. I’d recommend mixing up the different versions to achieve exceptional results for your designs in old Scandinavian style. Jotunheim includes uppercase multilingual letters, numbers, and simple punctuation. Some letters also have mirrored versions, which you can toggle with Caps Lock.
Checking free metal fonts for a high-end one may be tricky, but this brush font is definitely something worthy to stop your searches. Every stroke is a piece of absolute heavy metal energy, which can make any artwork worth an ovation. Vindica was crafted with unconditional love for metal fonts and brush typography, so it can convey the right mood thanks to its expression and tons of glyphs included. Pick it for a hoodie print, different posters & cards, or to complement your website or app designs, and you’ll surely love the final image!
Sword is a display metal font family with OpenType features, inspired by tattoo, biker culture, and heavy metal lettering from the 90s. It works well with the normal-size text, but looks better for large displays, short words and black environment. Perfect for many creative products such as logos, tattoo design, t-shirt prints, streetwear, headlines, etc. Sword includes a full set of character A-Z, as well as multilingual support, currency figures, numerals, and punctuation. Each letter has 5 alternate glyphs for lowercase, 4 alternate glyphs for uppercase and 4 alternates for each number — have you ever met metal fonts with a toolset like this?
Among all cool death metal fonts that merit your attention, Stunegart would always be number 1. In any circumstances. It brings the best of grim typography and biker wear, leather coats in particular, and can be as versatile as none of the other metal fonts on this list. You can use it for alcohol labels, streetwear branding, various prints, packaging designs, logos, tattoos, and merchandise. Stunegart includes uppercase and lowercase symbols, punctuation, numerals, and a whole bunch of bonus decorative elements in heavy metal style.
Lordish is a unique gothic metal font imbued with the dystopian aesthetic of the dark wave bands. This font includes uppercase, lowercase, punctuations, and international characters, so creating grim signage in any language won’t be a problem. Lordish is versatile, but it will be the best choice for tattoos, prints, embroidery on clothing, and jewelry. Or you can give this metal font a go if you simply intend to create something following the medieval gothic style.
Sadis is a blackletter font inspired by gothic philosophy and heavy metal lettering. The previews look so terrifying and uncomfortable but don’t fear, and give this magnificent typeface a go! It contains a full set of characters, including the multilingual characters, plus swashes and stylistic alternatives. So there are plenty of tools to play with and carry out a stunning project. Whether it’s branding, apparel, stationery, or packaging — this heavy metal font will be the best choice.
There is no way to escape the grim fascination of the Daemon, a death metal font with runic elements. It reminds you of the symbol of the Blair Witch, Twanas, and metal albums from the 90s. Daemon comes with a basic character set and a little bunch of symbols and signs often used in the extreme music sector – classical stuff like pentagrams and crosses, drips, roots, and branches. Like with the previous heavy metal fonts on this list, pick Daemon for any related projects. And if it’s a logo, I recommend using Adobe Illustrator.
If you are already missing the light, Morracle can give you a break. It’s a free metal font with an elegant vibe, inspired by the ink hand-drawing! In this pack, you get source files in TTF and OTF formats, web fonts support, bonus shapes in AI, EPS, and PNG, and even a video tutorial you can check out for a hint if you’re new at this generosity fair! You can use this awesome heavy metal font for hero images, labeling, wedding invitations, clothing, movie screens, film titles, album covers, logos, and so much more.
Inspired by metal fonts aesthetic and classic designs in blackletter, this very heavy metal font should have any of your thrashing punk or biker designs — screaming, headbanging while throwing up the metal horns! Well, you see for yourself what effect it makes. From the technical side, Ironpunch is a design treasure, coming in .OTF and .TTF formats with a brand new bonus set of splatter brushes for Adobe Illustrator. It’s an all-caps font, but has this ever stopped you from making something incredible? Like themed merchandise designs, sportswear, or anything.
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