View Full Version : (metal) Iron Maiden-Number of the Beast

12-24-2003, 12:42 PM
Allright, NOTB is the only Maiden album I've heard, and I have a pretty positive opinion of them. It was released in '82, and that's about all I know history-wise.

1. Invaders-A decent song. It's rockin' and the chorus is somewhat catchy, I'd say it's a 3/5.

2. Children of the ****ed-This is one of my favorite songs on the album. It's the closest one to a ballad that's on here, it's slow and calm until a certain point when it becomes loud and fast and just plain cool. 5/5

3. Prisoner-Starts off with a clip from some movie or something, then comes a rockin' drumbeat and it's a fast metal song, what can you say? The chorus is upbeat, and all in all, a very good song. 4/5

I've gotta go for a Christmas Eve service at my church, I'll finish this review in a couple days:thumb:

01-04-2004, 05:08 PM

Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast.

This album was Iron Maiden's third, and the first to feature Bruce Dickinson on vocals. The only member of the band here who isn't still a member is the drummer. Anyway, here's some band member info.

Bruce Dickinson- Vocals Bruce is an insanely talented singer, especially on this album alone. His highlights include just about every song, but notably his big scream on the title track, the "Run to the Hills" chorus, and some great stuff on "Hallowed Be Thy Name."

Steve Harris- Bass Steve is the founding member of Iron Maiden and one of the most influential metal bassists ever. His bass can be heard clearly on every track, and his highlights include "Invaders," "Number of the Beast," and some great galloping rhythms on "Run to the Hills."

Dave Murray and Adrian Smith- Guitars These guys are both great guitarists, and since they both play leads, neither one of them is specifically better than the other. However, in the video for "Number of the Beast," Dave plays the first solo and Adrian goes next. Since most of their songs have two solos, I'll assume that their skills are equally as amazing. Highlights include "22 Acacia Avenue," "Number of the Beast," and "Hallowed Be Thy Name."

Clive Burr- Drums Clive was replaced after this album by current drummer Nicko McBrain, but he was pretty good anyway. He co-wrote "Gangland" and "Total Eclipse," two of my least favorite songs on the album. His highlights include intros to "Run to the Hills" and "Gangland."

Now, about that album...

1. Invaders (3:20) A fast-paced intro, the shortest song on the album. It's very catchy and less heavy than the others, especially in the chorus. Regardless, the bass is strong and the vocals are awesome as well. 4/5

2. Children of the Damned (4:34) This song features acoustic guitar and some ballad-like styles in the beginning, but it really kicks in by the halfway point into a full-blown Maiden song complete with wicked solo. 4/5

3. The Prisoner (6:00) This song starts off with a sound bite from a television show of the same name. I'm not familiar with it, but I'm pretty sure it's more high-concept than the song, and doesn't have anything to do with the prison-type of escape. Anyway, this song rocks, especially the pre-chorus and chorus, and features excellent solos and stuff. 5/5

4. 22 Acacia Avenue (4:49) Here we have a continuation of a song from the first album that I'm not familiar with, but it's about prostitution. That's all you really need to know, other than that this song rules as well. It's got lots of time changes, great lyrics, and it ends in a barrage of solos. 4.5/5

5. The Number of the Beast (4:49) This is a rather famous song, and it should be since it's so great. It starts off with a biblical quote, followed by a story about a man who gets taken in by a group of Satanists. Bruce has a great scream to open up the verses, and the interlude between the solos is a great little bass and guitar doodle. 5/5

6. Run to the Hills (3:50) This is another famous song by Maiden, so of course it has to be good. It's got a galloping bass line to complement the lyrics of the Indians' defeats by the white settlers, and the chorus is the best one of the album. This is definitely a close second for the album's best song. 5/5

7. Gangland (3:47) Aaaand we hit a speed bump. This song is everyone's least favorite of the album, and I only like it a little better than the next track. It starts off with a great drum beat, but somehow it doesn't really feel as good as the previous songs had got you worked up for. 3.5/5

8. Total Eclipse (4:28) This song wasn't originally included on the first release of the album, and I can't blame them. The slow beginning is unforgivable to me, even though it picks up for a brief moment in the middle, solely for the purpose of a guitar solo, which was considerate of them. 3/5

9. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7:10) Here we go, the crowning acheivement of heavy metal up to this point. This is one of the greatest songs ever; not just on the album, not just by Maiden, and not even confined to the realm of heavy metal. This is an awesome, moving, spine-tingling song with a great vocal performance and emotional lyrics about a death-row prisoner about to die. If I felt like screwing with the integrity of the rating system, I'd give this one a lot more than 5/5, but I'll keep it intact. Five is the best it can get, and this song IS the best. 5/5

So, there you go. A great album that should turn anyone into an Ed Head (is that what they're called?). 5/5

01-05-2004, 11:01 AM
I'd have probably knocked Invaders up to a 4 and put prisoner and acacia avenue at 4s, but otherwise you review was spot-on to how I feel. Good job

01-05-2004, 12:30 PM
Eh, I won't finish this, but I'll say that hallowed be thy name is frickin incredible.

4/5 for the whole album.

01-05-2004, 04:51 PM
well done YDload and Kaden for the reviews. it is a very good album, with my favourites being "number of the beast", "run to the hills" and "22 acacia avenue".

01-20-2004, 01:04 PM
i would give the album 5/5 being my favourite maiden album. My favourite songs on it are: no. of the beast, invaders and hallowed be thy name

01-20-2004, 07:06 PM
I edited my review: I think some of the songs are a lot better than how I previously rated them. "Invaders" is especially great now that I think of it, with a fun bass line to play.

01-21-2004, 11:40 AM
CoTD deserves a definite 5/5