Iron Maiden (#ad) is a British heavy metal band that terrorizes a lot of people with their music, symbols and of course their horrific on-stage antics.
Their creepiness, controversies, satanic innuendos and of course Eddie the mascot, have all made them as iconic as The Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones.
By redefining heavy metal into death metal, Iron Maiden have not only carved a niche for themselves among the heavy metal hall of famers, but have also gained a cult following across the world for more than six decades.
They have over 16 studio albums, 12 live albums and seven compilation albums.
They are the British metal gods, as they have delivered hot scorching metal riff and an endless list of metal classics.
But they do have a lot of secrets to hide, let us take a look at some of them below:
1. Satanic Rituals
Almost everyone who listens to the band’s heavy metal music is aware of their symbols.
The most apparent thing is in their lyrics. In almost every song they do, there is a line or two or a whole song praising the devil and chanting occult practices.
Some people even believe some of their performances are rituals dedicated to pleasing the devil.
2. Drinking Blood
In their song video “Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter“, the band is seen slaughtering people and drinking their blood? Who else does this if they are not satanic?
This is frightening and even the music cover of the song is a skeleton holding a blood dripping axe!
3. Number of the Beast
This is probably one of the most visible and shocking things about the band.
Everyone in the world knows about the number of the beast, which is 666.
The band has done a song on the same and it became one of their best-selling albums of all time! Coincidence?
4. Bruce Dickinson Peed on Head Master’s Food
When he was young, Bruce Dickinson (#ad) was expelled from boarding school. He was wandering over and he decided to take a pee at the headmaster’s dinner!
5. They Converted a Priest
The band is well known and accused of Satanism all over the world.
It is one of the very few bands which does music concerning the devil and performs diabolic rituals in the name of a concert and of course, they get paid (in millions) by the audience, who are keen to watch them.
Despite all this, the band has managed to win over the heart of a Brazilian priest Marcos Motolo and he describes himself as their number one fan in the whole world.
6. Satanic Coincidences?
While producing Number of the Beast one of their most infamous albums, the band’s producer at the time got into a car accident. He received a repair bill of £666.
7. Breaking Music Instruments on Stage
If this isn’t hype, then it’s frightening.
The band has been known to get so much into their music and start smashing their instruments including guitars and drums.
8. They Have a Time Machine
When going on tours, the band travels like no other artist or band.
They charter a whole fleet of buses in their own branded airplane.
It’s a Boeing, but it has no imprints of the inside or outside. Dickinson says it’s their own time machine.
9. Held a Concert at the Peak of the Bosnian War
The band is one of the fearless bands of all time.
They were brave enough to hold a concert in Sarajevo despite the Bosnian War and mind you, Sarajevo was under siege at this time!
10. Eddie Appears in the Iteration as a Decaying Dead Soldier
Eddie the Head appears in iteration on every single Iron Maiden album cover.
In this particular one, he appeared as a dead soldier with a decaying head on top of a tank.
11. Dickinson is a Commercial Pilot
This might sound unbelievable but it’s true.
Dickinson is a qualified and certified commercial pilot.
He is the one who flies the band with the Ed Force One while they are on tour and he wears a full captains uniform when flying the band.
12. Terrifying Lyrics
In all their songs, the lyrics are terrifying suggesting that the band belongs to a cult.
It’s shocking that all their songs are based on occult practices and Satanism.
13. Dedicated Christians
Despite the band being accused of being satanic, it consists of well dedicated Christians like Nicko McBrain, the drummer who was born again, after he accompanied his wife to a London church in 1999.
14. Wearing Horn Costumes on Stage
This is one reason why the band will always be accused of Satanism.
Despite them being the best hard metal bands and having some of the best performances, they wear satanic costumes on stage.
Some of the band members even wear horns and drink blood on stage.
15. Frightening Posters Banned
Everyone who knows Iron Maiden, knows they have some of the scariest album covers in the world.
They also publish creepy posters for all their tours, but this time around they went too far in Lithuania.
Some of their posters were banned by authorities in Lithuania for being too scary, as they might give nightmares to children.