Bruce Dickinson Explains Iron Maiden's Satanic Imagery to a Biblical Studies Professor

The academic asked the frontman for the number of the beast
Bruce Dickinson Explains Iron Maiden's Satanic Imagery to a Biblical Studies Professor
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The relationship between metal bands like Iron Maiden and Satanism has provoked a lot of questions over the years, and now a professor of Biblical Studies has asked frontman Bruce Dickinson outright about the significance of Satanic imagery in the band's music.

Dickinson is launching a new podcast with an unfortunate title — Psycho Schizo Espresso — alongside Oxford University psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton. The first episode features a guest appearance from Dr. Steven J. Friesen, Chair of Biblical Studies at the University of Texas.

In a new trailer for the debut edition of the pod, we get a preview of the conversation between this interesting trio — and Dr. Friesen isn't afraid to go there, asking Dickinson: "What is it with [there being] so much Satanic stuff in your music?"

"It's really dramatic," the singer answered, giving a brief history of the heavily Christian societal conditions of the late '50s that the anti-establishment genre pushed back against. "[People] generally believed in things like absolute good and absolute evil. What heavy metal bands did by adopting [Satanic] imagery was they shocked people."

It's all about that shock and awe.

After parents recently attempted to remove a St. Catharines principal for her love of the band and reported "allegiance to Satanic practices," this is clearly still a relevant discussion to be having.

Watch the trailer for the Psycho Schizo Espresso episode ahead of its premiere on October 31 — "Hallowed Be Thy Name," indeed — below.


Iron Maiden's latest album Senjutsu was locked in a vault for nearly two years before its release in September.