Best Band in Corpse Paint

Black Trinity

Right up there with the bullet belt and the spiked codpiece, corpse paint is among heavy metal's most kick-ass conceits. When dudes slather their faces in ghastly black-and-white makeup, making themselves look like a cross between King Diamond and a disgruntled rodeo clown, you know they mean business. And so it is with Black Trinity, Cleveland's finest black-metal band. Groups of this ilk are rare in the U.S., as this is a genre dominated by Scandinavians. But with icy vocal shrieks, wicked blast beats, and a super-sized guitarist who looks like he could be hell's bouncer, Black Trinity get a big thumbs-up from Beelzebub and his longhaired disciples.