Heavy metal umlautA heavy metal umlaut is an umlaut over some of the letters in the names of a heavy metal band. The names of bands such as Motörhead, Mötley Crüe and the Blue Öyster Cult led to journalist and author Steve Almond coining the term "spandex and umlaut circuit" in 2002 to describe the heavy metal touring scene.
Queensr˙che went further by putting the umlaut over the 'y' in their name. From a linguistic viewpoint, this might be regarded as an attempt at a diaresis, rather than as an umlaut, were it not for the fact that there are no vowels to be pronounced distinctly.
Spoof band Spinal Tap ridiculed the idea still further by putting the umlaut over the letter 'n' (not shown here due to limitations of some browsers). The n-umlaut character does not occur in any known language or belong to any standard character set.
Recent umlaut sightings:
- the name of the band Assück
- the term "nü-metal" used to describe nu-metal with added umlaut-ness.
- gay heavy metal band/cabaret act Pink Stëël have two consecutive umlauts, the first such instance in a band name
- the Spanish band Mägo de Oz