Saturday, March 2, 2013

Iron Maiden

toure [arisen]:


....any IRON MAIDEN fans out there??

i would love to lie and say that i am their biggest fan, but, i'm not. i just have always found their mascot, EDDIE, to be.. rather.. striking.. 

This is EDDIE.
at first glance, i thought EDDIE was a SHE, a la

still effing scary

aside from invoking Edvard Munch's haunting painting "The Scream",

..upon further inspection, the renowned mascot made me also think- ZOMBIE

oh yeah

the band's art reinforces this.. the art above especially. THIRD Eye, CYBORG, sphinxes.. seems like the guys in Iron Maiden were on some shit. with just a little research, i could already see that Iron Maiden was a band who's art was misunderstood in its time..

For Example: 

ABOVE is the cover art for Iron Maiden's 1982 album "The Number Of The Beast".. notice that the DEVIL is not only holding a small puppet, but is Actually a PUPPET HIMSELF.. a puppet of the undead.. interesting. i was born in 1982, and this was the THIRD album.. Iron Maiden has, all in all, released a grand total of THIRTY-SIX albums..


in typical fashion, the conservative talking heads and the religious right got all fussy, pulling the SATANISM card and burning things..

"The album was strongly criticised by social conservatives – especially in the U.S., where the band were accused of being Satanists. Public burnings of the band's catalogue were organised, although some religious groups smashed the records with hammers, for fear of inhaling fumes from burning vinyl.[11][23] Harris has stated, "it was mad. They completely got the wrong end of the stick. They obviously hadn't read the lyrics. They just wanted to believe all that rubbish about us being Satanists."[24] As a result, The Beast on the Road tour was subject to numerous boycotts and demonstrations: venues were sometimes surrounded by activists who handed out leaflets and, in one case, a 25-foot cross was carried in protest."

Another Example of said misunderstood art:

here's a picture of Iron Maiden chillin with MARGARET THATCHER-

aaaand here's the cover art for Iron Maiden's second single -ever- "Sanctuary"

and Yes, that is First Female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, murdered..

"The artwork is very tongue in cheek, as usual. At that time, Maggie had visited the old USSR and, following her tough stance with them, had been christened the Iron Maiden. Eddie took offence to this, and even more so when she started taking our posters."[8]

..apparently due to a fatal knife wound inflicted by a ZOMBIE named EDDIE can probably see where this is going..

i hadn't noticed until now that IRON MAN's armor is colored RED and GOLD

i've already written plenty about the goddess and her robot, but after Jake's latest, this scene from ROBOTS seems especially relevant..

red robots




  1. Led me back to this... before you were born - 'Breaking Glass' movie 1980, Hazel O'Connor singing 'Eighth Day'.

  2. Iron Maiden have paid tribute to their former drummer
    Clive Burr after he lost his battle with multiple sclerosis.

    The percussionist died in his sleep on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long struggle with the debilitating illness.

    Read more:

    "Iron Maiden has, all in all, released a grand total of THIRTY-SIX albums.. "
    Burr passed away on 12/3 (12x3=36)
    Which is the day before Pope Francis starts his reign.

    Burr joined Iron Maiden from fellow rock band Samson in 1979 and played on their first three albums, including their breakthrough record The Number of the Beast.

    As you know,all the numbers added together on a roulette wheel total 666.

    He left the band in 1982 due to personal issues and the stress of heavy touring schedules, but continued his rock career with several other bands, including alongside former Twisted Sister star Dee Snider in Desperado.
    So,he was a bit like the last Pope who resigned
    for personal reasons as well.

  3. There has been an angle involving Stranger In A Strange Land author Robert A. Heinlein...which they did an album/single about. Heinlein was apparently connected to Parsons' Agape Lodge....a branch of OTO...I think I may have read that in Sex and Rockets?

  4. I was a big fan in my youth...saw them play 3 times in the 80's.

    22 Acacia Avenue...the link to Osiris and the coffin lodging in the accacia (as seen on the grave of masonic hiram abiff). 22, the paths on the tree of life & tarot. Heinlein also wrote 'the puppet master' book for a 'number of the beast' puppetry tie-in. Powerslave (album) is a blatant homage to the Egyptian gods...Osiris/Horus etc. The 'flight of icarus' (Piece of Mind LP) metaphor with the '666' magic square of the sun. Band formed on Xmas Day (death/rebirth osiris/sun). Band debuted St Nick's (the devil) Hall, Poplar (druidic tree/evergreen) on May 1st (pagan ritual regeneration etc). When Dickinson came in to gear up for the bigtime exposure and success...they did a one off show in the UK at the Rainbow. Harris says he got the idea for the title track 'Number of the Beast' from having a nightmare, after watching Damien:OmenII late at night...I also like the Thorn:EMI (their Multi-National label) tie-in and Thorn/Industries (Name/Multi-National) from the Omen and its sequel...Thorn:EMI would merge in 1979, (about a year or so after Damien:Omen II was released, 1978) and the self titled debut Iron Maiden LP would be released on the Thorn:EMI label several months later in early 1980.

    Interesting stuff and connections to ponder.

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  6. Also notice that in the iron 3 movie! that it is the 42 Iron man to explode to save Starks life. <3 :) and stark blowing up all the Iron men to signify his love for Pepper/Saturn. Anyways then Pepper jokingly being asked to be an avenger for her newly found ability so it seems. I love it!