The second photo is Cradle of Filth. I guess Brits just love zombie/skeleton mascots... Iron Maiden has its Eddie, CoF has it's... Filthie?
Anyway, I don't listen to that kind of metal music usually. I much rather prefer Nightwish and Sonata Arctica style trend. Keep listening to the old Stratovarius classics all the time, for example, and did not shy away from a trip to the Netherlands to see Within Temptation live in october last year. But on this occasion Turisas and Cradle of Filth, along with Moonspell (haven't ever heard of those, though) were in Switzerland. So me and a couple friends decided to go and see.