Metal band mascots
Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Maiden's monster is hand's down the best mascot of all time. Not every image of him has been great (Dance of death), but most have been outstanding.
Motorhead-snaggletooth (AKA-War Pig)
Another great mascot is Motorhead's angry, snarling snaggletooth. I always felt that this one fit so well with Motorhead's image.
I like Murray for the most part. He is not as cool as Eddie of course, but he is not so in your face. The covers where he back and in shadows or mist seem to work best for him.
I think this one has been hit and miss over the years. The more basic the better. When they try to get him doing much action I think it begins to look worse.
S.O.D.'s Sargent D
An okay mascot at best. He looks kind of silly and he is the mascot for a joke band so I guess that make sense.
Gamma Ray's Fangface
Obviously influenced by Maiden and Motorhead, but not as impressive as either.
Helloween's Jack O' Lantern
Appears in different versions. Sometimes more cartoon like than others. Makes sense that their mascot is a pumpkin headed guy, but I think the results for how he works are mixed at best.
Kreator's Violent Mind
Has appeared often as a head and sometimes as a full figure. Decent mascot as I think he fits their image, but not outstanding.
Running Wild's Captain Adrian
He has appeared more often as a head only logo than as a figure. Above average and fits with the band's pirate motif, but not great.
Motley Crue's Allistair Fiend
Appeared more on t-shirts than anything else. Sported a haircut similar to the band members. I think he was hit and miss. I liked the Shout at the devil era Allistair, but as the band got more mellow over the next two albums he didn't work as well.
Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead
Like Eddie they tried to work in with different themes and slap various costumes on him. However he just looks lame. Like a light bulb with tacky accesories slapped on.
Usually this guy is well drawn, but it's pretty much Conan with his face covered so they don't get many originality points.
Anthrax's Not Man
Like Allistair Fiend he was mainly used on shirts. I think I liked him twenty some years ago, but really he is just okay. He looks like a cross between wrestling's Iron Sheik and the guy on the Pringles can.
Iced Earth's Set Abominae
I kind of like this one. Eddie influenced, but often he looks very active and alive.
Okay, it's a big, tough phantom warrior dude, but he just kind of stands there or swings his hammer. Well drawn, but kind of dull.
***There you go. What metal mascots do you like?
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