Iron Maiden drummer Nico McBrain made a new statement on the official YouTube account of Iron Maiden and clarified if Iron Maiden is a satanic band or not.

Nico also discussed the band’s iconic 1982 album, “The Number of the Beast” and revealed why it was a well-received album.

Here is his statement, transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar.

“The songs on it were incredible and Bruce’s performance, he was the new boy in the band at that time, it was a very well-received album. A lot of people regard ‘The Number of the Beast’ as really the ultimate Iron Maiden album, the first of many great records.

It had Eddie, and he’s got the devil as a marionette… A lot of religious people around the world complained that we’re Satanists, you know.

Please, this is the furthest thing from the truth. None of the guys in this band worship the dark one. Absolutely not, far from it. We write observationally, the idea was that Eddie is a cartoon character, but he’s bigger than the band.

Derek Riggs came up with this incredible artwork, and it’s a joke for fuck’s sake. If you don’t get it, you need to get a life. So, the artwork of that album is spectacular, and it’s setting the whole nuance with Eddie.”

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