Controversial Album Covers V (Pt. 7)

Year: 1982

Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast


The Problem: Many retail stores refused to sell this album due to its offensive cover. The cover features the band’s mascot Eddie controlling Satan as a string puppet and Satan playing with an Eddie string puppet. The single of the same name also featured controversy. The single cover features Eddie in a hell background with the Satan’s head. Despite the controversy, the album has never had an alternative cover.

My Take: Isn’t this what heavy metal is pretty much about? Why are we surprised that Iron Maiden would pull something like this? Eddie himself is an undead creature. So people, just chill out and let Iron Maiden be.


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