Anthrax Logo

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The minimalist style of visualization characterizes the logo of the rock band Anthrax, made as the textual name of the group. Its appeal is ensured by an unusual style with broken geometry, reflecting the distinctive features of the band’s playing style.

Anthrax: Brand overview

Founder:Scott Ian, Dan Lilker
New York City, New York, U.S.
Anthrax is an iconic rock band from New York, founded in 1981 by two musicians: bassist Dan Lilker and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian. They play speed metal, thrash metal, and groove metal.

Meaning and History

Anthrax Logo History

The band’s logo depicts its name. Scott Ian suggested using the word “Anthrax,” which he saw in a biology textbook and decided it looked sufficiently intimidating. Lead guitarist Daniel Alan Spitz was responsible for the graphic design of the logo. Drummer Charlie Benante developed the cover designs.

What is Anthrax?

Anthrax is a leader in thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica. The group originated in New York in 1981 when a group of musician friends decided to conquer the rock scene together. They named their collective after disease to reflect the heavy nature of their music. Their topical lyrics address acute political and social issues.

1983 – 1993, 2011 – today

Anthrax Logo 1983-present

The first Anthrax logo contains the band’s name in an unusual style. Initially, the geometry of the letter heights was violated: their edges extended beyond the boundaries of an imaginary line. Meanwhile, the printed characters were positioned so close that the horizontal stroke of the “T” literally laid on the “N” and “H.” A long line from the top of the “R” covered them from above. The protruding parts of “A,” “N,” “T,” and “H” from the top and bottom form triangles. The palette is black and white; the design is minimalist except for the unconventional shape of the letters.

The old version of the graphic symbol returned to the band’s album covers in 2011. Moreover, an unusual version with a yellow-orange gradient and black shadows was used for the Worship Music collection, giving the word a three-dimensional effect.

1993 – 2011

Anthrax Logo 1993-2011

In 1993, an album was released with an updated logo. The rock band’s second emblem also reflects its name. However, it became more complex as designers made the inscription colorful and added a wide black outline. Changes only affected two letters. First, the line going from “R” to “N” disappeared. Secondly, the long stroke of “X” became short.

Font and Colors

Anthrax Emblem

Anthrax doesn’t have a graphic symbol – the group has always used a logo with its name on numerous album covers, documents, posters, and other promotional materials. Such a minimalist approach is characteristic of many representatives of the rock scene, as they focus on creativity, not on the design of the logo.

Anthrax Symbol

The logo uses a custom font with unconventional letters. Some lines are elongated and extend beyond the conventional line. Serifs are absent. The color palette is monochromatic: black and white complement each other perfectly. Moreover, such a classic palette looks good in any visual context, making the band’s trademark universal.

Anthrax color codes

BlackHex color:#000000
RGB:0 0 0
CMYK:0 0 0 100
Pantone:PMS Process Black C