Icons of Mayhem: The 10 Greatest Heavy Metal Mascots in History
In the world of heavy metal, album covers often play a crucial role in shaping a band’s identity. Some bands take it a step further by introducing iconic mascots that become as recognizable as the music itself. Here are the 10 best heavy metal mascots of all time:
Eddie (Iron Maiden):
Eddie is perhaps the most famous heavy metal mascot. Created by artist Derek Riggs, Eddie adorns nearly every Iron Maiden album cover and has appeared in various forms, from a mummy to a cyborg.
Vic Rattlehead (Megadeth):
Vic is Megadeth’s skeletal mascot, symbolizing the consequences of war and chaos. He’s often portrayed wearing a suit and blindfold, representing humanity’s blind destruction.
Snaggletooth, or War-Pig, is Motörhead’s mascot. Created by Joe Petagno, it’s a fierce boar skull with spikes, symbolizing the band’s raw and aggressive sound.
GWAR is known for its over-the-top theatrics, and Maggot is one of their many grotesque, alien mascots. These characters are central to the band’s elaborate stage shows.
Mummy (Cannibal Corpse):
Cannibal Corpse’s mummy mascot is a nod to their gory and horror-themed lyrics. It often appears on their album covers in various gruesome forms.
King Diamond‘s Grandma:
King Diamond’s elderly woman character, often called Grandma, features prominently in his albums and live shows. She’s a recurring figure in his horror-themed concept albums.
Erebus and Terror (Amon Amarth):
These Viking warriors, inspired by Norse mythology, are Amon Amarth’s mascots. They embody the band’s Viking-themed death metal.
The Guy (Disturbed):
Disturbed’s mascot, often referred to simply as “The Guy” is a sinister, demonic figure that represents the band’s aggressive and dark sound.
Not Man (Anthrax):
Not Man, also known as the “Not” man, is Anthrax’s mascot. It’s a peculiar character, part man and part alien, which perfectly captures the band’s mix of humor and aggression.
Snagglepus, not to be confused with Snaggletooth from Motörhead, is the mascot for the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.). The character is a monstrous, grinning skull.
These mascots have become integral parts of their respective bands’ identities, representing the music, themes, and personalities of the groups. They’re not just icons; they’re symbols of the heavy metal genre itself.