Metal Lord is an angular heavy metal typeface which was created in 1996, inspired by the Iron Maiden logo. In 1977 at Crowes Studio in London, Dennis Wilcock was the studio manager—he was also the lead singer of a heavy metal band called Iron Maiden. Dennis selected the heaviest heavy metal font he could find from his stacks of typeface catalogs and ordered a PMT from a typositor agency. Hip, young designer, Ray Hollingsworth modified it and developed it into the Iron Maiden logo we know and love. The name of that typeface has been lost to time. The earliest known sightings are the sleeve for reissue of Greed Eyed God by Steel Mill in 1975, Visionary by Gordon Giltrap in 1976, the poster for the David Bowie film, The Man who Fell to Earth in 1976, Nana Mouskouri Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1978, Iron Maiden 1980 and Mama’s Boys self-titled 1981. It’s possible that the typeface was designed by Helmut Wenske (aka Chris Hyde) who drew similar lettering on the album cover Rock’n’Roll Testament by Karthago in 1974. Or perhaps Peder Bundgaard who have drawn similar lettering on the sleeve of Sea Son by Secret Oyster in 1974. The latest known appearance of the typeface was in the 1988 Iron Maiden tour calendar. If you have any information, please contact Typodermic Fonts.

If you use 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. To toggle this effect, use your application’s standard ligatures feature.

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