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Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden 'Psycho Schizo Espresso' Podcast

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden has a new podcast titled 'Psycho Schizo Espresso'. The podcast is joined by author and Oxford University psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton. The first episode dropped on 31st October and new episodes will be available every Tuesday.

The first episode features Professor Steven J. Friesen from University of Texas and author of "Imperial Cults And The Apocalypse of John - Reading Revelation In The Ruins". The episode will explore the devil's role in heavy metal music and the Bible references. It looks into the hidden meaning behind 666 The Number of The Beast. The number familiar to Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden.

In the episode Bruce talks about why bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden explored satanic themes in their music and how they enjoyed the controversy it generated. He said "Cause it's really dramatic. And at a certain point in time, certainly for people of a certain age, like me, from what you might call a society which was — 'cause I'm 62, so going back to, like, the late '50s, Europe was broadly Christian"

He adds "A lot more people went to church back then than do now. Probably four or five times, or even more, people would just turn up at church; they weren't deserted, as they are now. They would generally believe in things like absolute evil. There being an absolute good, but nobody knew anybody who was absolutely good. But for sure, absolute evil existed somewhere, 'cause otherwise how could anybody be absolutely good. So you had to have something to measure yourself against."

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Additionally Bruce says "What heavy metal bands did by adopting imagery was they shocked people. Because in the same way that the early Hammer movies reintroduced Dracula but with sex. So they actually had Dracula, blood, fangs, sex, the devil — all this stuff was, like, 'Oh my God. That is so shocking,' but it really kind of turns us on in secret. And, of course, as kids, you'd be forbidden to watch it, and, of course, it would be interesting, and you'd watch it. Then you'd just use your imagination to create stories. "

"Then a whole raft of films came out — 'The Omen' and 'The Exorcist' and things like that — that all had this idea of an actual physical force of evil. And it was quite exciting, really — not because you wanted to be it, but to know that you could imagine your way into the drama and put that into music and dramatise it."

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Psycho Schizo Espresso is available on all podcast providers and is also available as a vodcast on Youtube

"If psychology was a country, then it would be the world's top tourist destination bar none. It's an enchanted territory with something for everyone: from aliens to drug lords, from serial killers to conspiracy theories. Join intellectual explorers Bruce Dickinson and Dr. Kevin Dutton for an Indiana Jones style adventure through some of its most far-flung corners as they delve into the psyches of rock icons, sporting superstars, and special forces soldiers and get the latest tips and insights from some of the most respected thought leaders and brain scientists on the planet. "

"If you've ever wondered whether psychopaths like Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman really exist outside the imaginations of Hollywood screenwriters and film directors, why ghosts only seem to appear at night, and about the true meaning of the Book of Revelation's most enduring and enigmatic mystery — 666, the number of the beast — then welcome aboard Flight Psycho Schizo Espresso and observe the 'fasten seatbelt' sign!"
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