It can’t be denied that some of metal’s greatest mascots have had a profound impact on band popularity, becoming synonymous with the group’s name and as popular as the members of the band.
Click through OFF#ROCK's gallery as we count down the 10 Ultimate Metal Mascots!
10 Heartbeast – Kataklysm
The death metal vets unveiled the demonic winged figure dubbed ‘Heartbeast’ in 2006 and the mongrel has been a fixture ever since. In fact, they wanted him to stay so badly that they decided to chain him up on the next album, ‘Prevail,’ so he could never leave. Since, Heartbeast has been vied for between demons and angels, both of which seemed to win over half his form each on ‘Of Ghosts and Gods.’
9 Not Man- Anthrax
Anthrax’s Not Man has one of the more peculiar legacies when it comes to heavy metal mascots.
The distorted, cartoonish head has become intertwined with Anthrax’s career. The face came from a doll found in a shop in Boston and Island Records made an attempt at turning Not Man into the band’s mascot during the ‘Spreading the Disease’s era.
8 Deathbet – Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold’s Deathbat has been whizzing through the air since making its debut on 2003’s ‘Waking the Fallen.’ The black and white winged skull was the sole fixture on the album’s cover, set in white against a black background.
7 Scary Guy – Metallica
Metallica’s Scary Guy mascot made its first appearance on the 1992 ‘Live at Wembley’ single and was created by James Hetfield. The simple sketch has become synonymous with the Metallica brand, featuring a skull with a mohawk and two crossed arms both capped by extended middle fingers.
6 Henry/Fallen Angel – Black Sabbath
The first estimated appearance dates back to shirts from ‘76 / ‘77 on the ‘Never Say Die’ tour. Henry has appeared on Bill Ward’s kick drums, Heaven and Hell’s ‘The Devil You Know’ as well as ‘The Dio Years’ compilation a 1998 remastered edition of the greatest hits collection, ‘We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n’ Roll’.
5 Eddie – Iron Maiden
Over the band’s 40 plus year run, his humble beginnings as a kabuki mask have seen him take numerous shapes and forms. He’s puppeteered the Devil, been locked away in a straightjacket, was immortalized in stone as an Egyptian ruler, went to the future, became entangled with a tree, received a lobotomy, reigned over the sky and clouds and had his heart ripped out in the Mayan jungle and he keeps coming back for more…
4 Jack O. Lantern – Helloween
His head typically represents the ‘O’ in Helloween, but occasionally gets cast in peculiar roles and given a full body. Jack O. Lantern has been to the future, engaged in direct combat and has topped the Statue of Liberty along his 30 plus year ride
3 Snaggletooth – Motorhead
Motorhead’s unmistakable fanged beast mascot, Snaggletooth. Debuting in 1977 on Motorhead’s eponymous first album, it made an immediate and lasting impact. The vicious mascot made it clear just what type of band you were dealing with, representing the rough exterior Motorhead had in spades. Gracing just about every album the group released, Snaggletooth’s mug is plastered all over the band’s merchandise.
2 Vic Rattlehead – Megadeth
Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead is one of the most beloved mascots in heavy metal. The literal embodiment of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil,” the figure has been outfitted with a riveted visor over his eyes, hooks sewing his mouth shut and metal plugs have been fastened in his ears.
1 Mad Butcher – Destruction OFF#ROCK #1
One look at the Mad Butcher is enough to send anyone high-tailing it back in the direction they came from. The mascot comes from Germany’s Destruction, a full imagined version of the manic meatman described in the song from which he takes his name. The Mad Butcher regularly makes appearances at shows, decked out in a blood-splattered apron and his signature red-stained meat cleave.