Nicholas Bullen, Napalm Death founder, bassist and vocalist: "I designed both the logo (with the 'stick' lettering featuring the 'inverted cross') and the symbol of the ND initials in the circle... Both were designed in early 1982 (around March) and featured in band leaflets and fanzine articles at that time (I have clippings and copies in my collection from that time that feature both the logo and the symbol)... The symbol was partly inspired by the symbols used by Crass (UK), Rondos (Holland) and The Ex (Holland)... By the way, this image is a "bootleg" image (probably made in the early 1990s) - it isn't the actual cover of the "Hatred Surge" demo cassette." Before Merzbow, the acid test of how "with-it" someone was meant mentioning Napalm Death and letting the (chocolate) chips fall where they may. Here's Napalm Death in 1987. Where were you in 1987? Bullen's latest band is Monium and is eminently worth a listen.
Also: the Napalm Death family tree. "The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines." - Frank Lloyd Wright