This AI generates artwork and album titles for fake metal bands and it's scarily spot-on

Ai generated artwork for two bands
(Image credit: Twitter / @ai_metal_bot)

Have you checked out the new Doomed Prophet record yet? Did you know that there's a Skullvoid album coming out later this year? Did you see that Eternity's Flame are going to be playing The Sun Of Doom in full on the road next month?

There's no need to worry, you haven't missed out on any future metal classics. Because none of those bands exist. But they sure sound like they could, don't they?

That's because they are the work of This Band Isn't Real, or @ai_metal_bot, a Twitter account dedicated to producing fake band names, album titles and artwork. Band names and album titles. Functioning since February 2021, the account has amassed over 21 thousand followers, all searching for albums that they will never get to hear.

The band names and album titles have been generated via gpt-2 and the artwork to accompany them has come via big-sleep and stable diffusion. And the results are uncanny.

There's some nautical death metal in the form of Tentacled Death's It Waits In The Deep, existential prog from Dread Fate’s As I Walk Through The Desert of Despair, industrial girt from Artificial Decomposition’s Machine Made Of Dying Stars, pummelling hopelessness from Gravefog and Wearing My Crown of Lead, to Doubt and Fear the Gods of Night, the Stars Above the Earth, the Wind Beyond the World, to Live and Die, One Moment Is All That We Will Ever Live and proper nasty deathcore from Roots Of Misery and Devour The World, just to select a few.

The account is the latest in a long line of crossovers between metal and artificial intelligence.

For example, here's a video for Slipknot's Psychosocial, where every lyric is a dystopian nightmare.

And here is Cannibal Corpse's Hammer Smashed Face interpreted through disgusting visions of Homer Simpson:

Jack Rogers

Jack has yet to hear a breakdown that he hasn't fallen head over heels for. First putting pen to paper for Louder in 2023, he loves nothing more than diving straight into the feels with every band he gets to speak to. On top of bylines in Prog, Rock Sound and Revolver, you’ll also often find him losing his voice at a Lincoln City match or searching for London’s best vegan kebab.