Lars Ulrich likes nothing better than to bore people about how Iron Maiden and the New Wave of British Metal inspired the start of trash/speed metal revolution, changing music forever. He's right. Not on only they influence the next ten years of riffs, solo and lyrical themes, but Maiden's mascot Eddie ensured every imitator would have to have a mascot of its own.
Invented by guitarist Scott Ian, the Anthrax "NOT" guy only appear occasionally.
Ah, Martha Splatterhead (she still couldn't fuck with Eddie).
Covered all the requisite trash aesthetics .
Classic. D.R.I.'s chrome skankin' man told you that they were punks who were also metal.
Megadeth (Los Angeles)
Vic Rattlehead was a skull with steel hooks embedded in his mouth and a steel plate bolted across his eyes.
Kreator (Essen, Germany)
They even never really gave him a name.
This is the only mascot that comes close to Eddie.
It's "funny" and they had a half Eddie, half G.I. guy called Sergeant D.
Winner: Voivod (Sorry, it's nerdy but true)