1981: "Purgatory" (single)
A bargain: Two absurdly grotesque countenances for the price of one.
It's not enough to be a desiccated corpse with metal hair in a dystopia with strange neon window shades—the creep's also gotta be wielding a bloody hatchet.
1983: 'Piece of Mind'
He's chained up in a padded room because he caught a glimpse of himself.
1988: 'Seventh Son of A Seventh Son'
Hard to choose what's most disturbing about this one—the nightmare-inducing eyes, the robotic spinal cord spilling toxic goo, the giant organ being proffered or the terrified little beast trying to break free from inside the organ.
1988: "The Evil That Men Do" (single)
Why is Satan a cat?! Does that mouth-prison go on into infinity?! WHO PUT THE SNAKES IN HERE?
1990: 'No Prayer for the Dying'
Even this ghost is scared shitless.
1992: 'Fear of the Dark'
Oh god, you guys even had to ruin trees?
1993: 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' (single)
Yo, guy with two sets of horns, that dude's a fan of the band! Don't impale him through the stomach with a pitchfork!
1995: 'The X Factor'
The band's first album with singer Blaze Bayley in the fore, after Bruce Dickinson's departure, was also a huge swerve in the art department. It's much more realistic than the band's usual material, and among the very most horrific of the bunch.
1995: "Man on the Edge" (single)
Even more gruesome than the artwork on the album the song's from. This is too far.
1998: 'Virtual XI'
Who is that demon, why is his head split open, and what is he going to do to that soccer team in the corner?!
2002: 'Edward the Great: The Greatest Hits'
Great, we're bringing dogs into this? And leopards?
2003: "Rainmaker" (single)
Don't show us a gross mouth like that up close!
2010: 'The Final Frontier'
Far too many brains in this band's discography.
- Courtesy of Iron Maiden
2015: 'The Book of Souls'
Take your pointy earlobes and your devil sneer and get the hell away from us, man.