Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


5.0
classic

Review

by Adapter USER (3 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2007 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Satanic drivel or metal masterpiece? Probably the latter.

God forgive me, I'm now going to review Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast. This is just as hard and forbidden as reviewing Dark Side of the Moon or something, so much have been said about this album. So now, I'm going to open my mouth and start saying what I think about it. And of course, my opinion is just as positive as everyone else's, except of those who claim this album to be "satanic" (HAHA) or Rolling Stone who seem to hate Iron Maiden. They hate Queen as well. What's their problem with british bands?

Anyway, as everybody knows this is the album where legendary metal-singer Bruce Dickinson debuted with Iron Maiden; the previous vocalist Paul Di'Anno (who got a really rough voice) got replaced by mentioned vocalist (who got an operatic wail). Bruce Dickinson is my next to favorite vocalist ever (nothing beats Freddie Mercury), so this was a very positive thing for the band. I don't really think this album would be as great if Paul sang it, really; can't imagine him pulling of Hallowed Be Thy Name.

How great, the album might be, the starter leaves a lot to desire. Invaders is a very standard Maiden song about bloody history, this one is about vikings invading Britain. It doesn't really showcase Bruce's awesome vocal abilities and falls flat on the ground for me. It's not really bad, but it's just very uninteresting and when you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. Just like the entire Piece of Mind album (overrated as hell, that album).

The next song is better, by far. It is a metal ballad called Children of the Damned (or is it just very slow?) based on an old movie, just like too many Maiden songs. This one shows Bruce's vocal abilites better than the starter as well. And gosh, the guitars during chorus is lovely, and very 'eavy.

The album just gets better and better, and next up is a painfully forgotten song, The Prisoner. It is based on the TV-series of the same name and even starts with a snippet of dialogue taken from the series. Hell, this would be a much better opener for the album. The rest of the intro is great; is stars out with some groovy drums and heavy guitars and just about everything about the song is great; the verses are chatchy, the chorus is wonderful (I'm not a number, I'm a free man/Live my life where I want to) and the guitar solo is awesome. It's so good you actually forget it's based on a TV-series for a while. Meh, that doesn't matter anyway.

Pave way for another truly great song, the sequel to the song Charlotte the Harlot, 22 Acacia Avenue. This also got a slightly progressive song structure, there's a lot of tempo changes, different melodies and riffs and so on. Overall, this is a great song that rocks hard.

Next up is the reason that this ablum is evil, the metal classic The Number of the Beast. Yes, this song must have made one or two priests or other religious people very upset back in the '80s, but those guys have maybe heard the chorus. The song is just as much fantasy as many other Maiden songs. Stupid people trying to blame metal. Booo. But what about the song, then? Well, it's fantastic, the solo is one of Iron Maiden's best ever, the chours is satanic and great, and the scream in the begining is wonderful. Amazing vocalist, that Bruce Dickinson...

After the satanic classic comes the overplayed classic that everyone knows about. Run to the Hills, the song about white man killing red man follows the standard Maiden formula, together with a nice intro (that somehow reminds me of Queen's Radio Ga Ga...) and after that; lightning speed vocals in the verses and the most fameous chorus ever. This might be Iron Maiden's most fameous song, and for being that it's a bit overrated. However, the song is great.

Then comes a song that I've never really cared that much for, Gangland. I think this is a bit of a letdown after the last 5 songs that has been pretty much awesome all the way, this song suffers from the same thing as Invaders. It's just too generic, standarized and boring. A filler track, but those have to be somewhere.

The last song on the album is not widely known outside the metal communtiy (and critics don't give a damn about it) but is still loved as the best song Iron Maiden ever wrote. And... I can't do anything but agree, but this is kind of a... hard song to get the first time. I remember the first time I heard Hallowed Be Thy Name, I didn't actually listen to it and got bored after three minutes with all the seemingly random instrumental sections. The second time I actually gave it a chance, and I was just stunned. I was staring at the wall after this monumentally epic metal masterpiece about a mans last thoughts before being sent to the gallows (hanged, in other words). Maiden put a lot of effort into this song, every instrumental passage is great, the lyrcis are very strong and everything just feels right about the song. Not an easy song to listen to and understand (just as too much metal out there), but a song that everybody should deserve to listen to at one point in their lifes. Hail to the best metal song... Ever.

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Overall, The Number of the Beast is a metal masterpiece by the true masters of metal. Album gets a 10/10, easily. I recommend this album to anyone who is not stupid.


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antihippy
June 3rd 2007


696 Comments


really good TBT review!

voted.

still don't like iron maiden though.

Altmer
June 3rd 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good TBT although it's rather superfluous with all the 4.5 and 5 reviews floating around for this album.

Nevertheless good job. I don't like giving song ratings at the end though. Messes up the flow of the review.

Adapter
June 3rd 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, but I always ends my reviews with rating the songs. If the review was a bit unclear, I just say "This song was a 7/10" if you're not sure about what I thought about and. And... I like rating things.

antihippy
June 3rd 2007


696 Comments


you don't really need the ratings though. it's much better to say your thoughts of the songs/album when you describe it.

Adapter
June 3rd 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Should I remove them?

Edit: Did it anyway.This Message Edited On 06.03.07

Monticello
June 3rd 2007


805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, I agree with what you said about Hallowed Be Thy Name, except possibly 'the best metal song... Ever'. Bruce Dickinson's overrated in my opinion though. Still a great album by anyone's standards.

Bfhurricane
June 3rd 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review, but you hardly talked about the musical aspects of the album. Bruce Dickinson was the only band member's name you used, but besides that this was decent.
and it looks good without the ratings at the end. Hallowed Be Thy Name may very well be metal's greatest song. Ever.

PaperCities
June 3rd 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, some of the sentances (who got a really rough voice/who got an operatic wail) sound a little silly, but its really not a big deal.
This album isn't bad, it just gets really old after a while.

Thor
June 3rd 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The final sentence to this review is, well, stupid.

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PaperCities
June 3rd 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Does it really matter if Rolling Stone like them or not

Bfhurricane
June 3rd 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I lost faith in Rollin Stone magazine when they put Kurt Cobain in their top best 15 guitarists of all time.

Bfhurricane
June 3rd 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hes a "good" guitarist. not "Top 15 In the World." Nowhere near my boys Adrian and Dave.

PaperCities
June 3rd 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

He wasn't really special on the guitar at all.

wakeupdead
June 3rd 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He wasn't really special on the guitar at all
agreed, good review btw

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 3rd 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

who care he killed off hair metal

MeowMeow
June 3rd 2007


662 Comments


"Hair" metal was doomed whether Nirvana came around or not.

Adapter
June 3rd 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thor.

Well, the last line of the review is meant to be... Stupid.

And no, Rolling Stone hate Queen. Well, they put A Night at the Opera on their top 500 list (who wouldn't, really?), but they have bashed all their other albums to oblivion and their biography starts out with "It could only happen in the '70s." They hate them.

And they gave this album a 2/5. Morons.

MeowMeow
June 3rd 2007


662 Comments


Rolling Stone don't really seem to care for metal (other than nu-metal, but that's not really metal). This album rocks, btw. Not quite as good as Powerslave, though.
I'm going to explain my nu-metal statement before anyone gets their panties in a wad. Listen to it. It's played in a hard rock fashion. Sure, their's a thrashy riff thrown around every now and then, but not enough to call it metal. Nothing about the style nu-metal is played in is metal. It's a variation of hard rock. It's labeled metal by the same magazines who label pop-punk "emo".This Message Edited On 06.03.07

Adapter
June 3rd 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Powerslave is almost as good as this masterpiece. Maidens next to best album.

Nü-metal goes too far away from the metal roots with all the rap, industrial, groove, funk and hardcore blended in with teenage angst... Those guys have forgotten what metal is about totally. Metal is about art for gods sake.This Message Edited On 06.03.07

Wizard
June 4th 2007


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Adapter, AMEN to that!

A solid review and a great album. I never was into Iron Maiden except for this album. Maybe I will check out Powerslave someday.

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