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Kanye stole our artwork say metal band

US classic metal band Christian Mistress say rap star Kanye West has stolen the logo they’ve been using since they formed.

And they can’t help wondering if he may have done it on purpose.

The outfit, inspired by NWOBHM icons including Iron Maiden and Diamond Head, came up with their artwork, based on an ancient religious figure, in 2008.

But just as they gear up for the launch of their third album, West has pounced on the same idea for his single All Day.

Christian Mistress singer Christine Davis tells the Village Voice: “We were very surprised and disappointed. We were worried that our artistic freedom was being taken away from us in just a moment.”

The band are concerned that, when others see their own artwork, it’ll be regarded as a rip-off of West’s. Davis says: “He’s using it on iTunes and on places where we also sell our music. If it’s intentional, that’s hurtful to us. We’re confused and disappointed.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.