Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


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by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
January 16th, 2007 | 13 replies | 2,959 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Iron Maiden are without a doubt the most classic metal band on earth. Anyone into this genre will be almost 99% guaranteed to tell you that Iron Maiden are one of the best bands to roam earth, and definitely their world reputation is no flaw, with fourteen albums out, and still hailing as one of the best metal bands to roam the earth, influencing countless amounts of bands; yes, surely, Iron Maiden deserve their rightly status in the metal world.

And this album gave them all that. The Number of the Beast is arguably their most well-known album, and also one of their best in my opinion: while I do have a problem with Maiden and that is that most of their albums aren't really good, but contain two or three excellent songs, this album is one of the few where Maiden are really consistent. (Brave New World is the other.) In my opinion, this is therefore also their best album. It doesn't really matter which maiden album you buy though because there's bound to be a song on it that you like. But this still contains some of the band's biggest classics.

And one of those classics, and one that is literally played almost everytime is the well-known Hallowed Be Thy Name. Possibly my favourite heavy metal song of all time, the atmosphere and tension released, combined with the solo at the end, and Dickinson's operatic wails, this is most likely the best song they ever did. Even if the rest of the album was total ***, this would lift the album up quite a notch. However, luck is with the Irons, because there are more songs in my opinion that underline their claim to the title of heavy metal gods.

The Number of the Beast, the title track, which was wrongly accused of being satanic (it was about a bad dream of Harris), is another furious number, with trademark singalong choruses, and perfect guitar solos. There's nothing at all wrong with this song, and the same can be said of its followup Run To The Hills, another highly-rated single and again a classic of the band's live set. Dealing with Native Americans, it's probably (despite the odd lyrical content) again one of the best songs Maiden have ever done.

Not to say that this album doesn't have songs I don't care for. I find Gangland to be very bland, and the lowpoint of this album; a minor blemish on a very good album. Invaders starts off promising too, but kind of sinks through the ground during the chorus; I mean, it's not bad, but... there's just something missing. Invaders just gets on my nerves after a while.

The other songs that I haven't mentioned (Children Of The Damned, The Prisoner, 22 Acacia Avenue, Total Eclipse), are all worthy tracks. The solo in 22 Acacia Avenue is one of the best lead breaks I've ever heard, god, I love that solo at about 4:00 in. The Prisoner has a very cool spoken intro, and again, the chorus really makes you want to sing along. The acoustic guitar intro to Children Of The Damned, and the verses (If he would have left, he would have crucified us ALL!) also make this another standout song in the Maiden catalogue.

So, is Maiden actually the best metal band on earth? I don't know. There's a lot of bands who can claim that title. Is Maiden the most consistent band on earth? Again, I'm not sure, as most of their albums have a couple of good songs with a lot of trash too. However, on every album, you're guaranteed to find something you like. Is this disc worth buying? Yes, it most definitely is. So what are you waiting for? This disc is essential to any heavy metal fan's collection, and if I have to push you to get it, I don't know how big of a metal fan you are. A must for everyone into the genre.



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JumpTheF**kUp
January 16th 2007



2710 Comments


Another one? :S

Altmer
January 16th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah I'm bored today :/

JumpTheF**kUp
January 16th 2007



2710 Comments


Lol, I was referring more to the number of this album's reviews.
It's still a good review, so I'll pos it anyway,

rockstar18
January 16th 2007



741 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Theirs quite a few reviews for this now. Still nice review.

wakeupdead
January 16th 2007



2204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review as well as an awesome album. But, I think Invaders is the best song on here (next to Hallowed Be Thy Name, of course).

Sepstrup
January 16th 2007



1563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Another one? :S


Stop discouraging people just because there are already reviews for the album. If you think there are too many, don't read it.

Neoteric
January 16th 2007



3243 Comments


Good review. However this album is just tedious and annoying. I completely disagree with my review now.

Sepstrup
January 16th 2007



1563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rewrite it. A negative opinion could be cool.

Neoteric
January 16th 2007



3243 Comments


I actually might do that someday, depends when I can be bothered to search for the CD in my hellhole of a room.

In the mean time I'll just let Acidicity (or however you spell it) take it :p

Bfhurricane
January 16th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You know Acidicity, the song Hallowed Be Thy Name is creative and innovative. You just might dig it.

Bfhurricane
January 16th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im just playin with you. But its good you're deciding not to be too much of a douche.
And Acidicity, very nice review. I'd say the answer to all the questions in your final paragraph are YES

iarescientists
January 16th 2007



5863 Comments


[quote=acidicity]Rating all of the albums by one band low would be a douche thing to do, so I'll refrain.[/quote]
It's not if you've actually heard all the albums, and that's how you really feel, but if you haven't heard them and are just spamming to bring them down, then it's a douche thing to do.


JumpTheF**kUp
January 17th 2007



2710 Comments


Stop discouraging people just because there are already reviews for the album. If you think there are too many, don't read it.

Sorry?



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