Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


4.5
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Review

by Johnny USER (3 Reviews)
September 20th, 2009 | 21 replies | 2,085 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iron Maiden's masterpiece The Number of the Beasts shook the world and influenced many of the recent NWOBHM bands.

Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast
Iron Maidens 4th record tried to create a less sophomore image they induced to a little more influential and more complex record even though their first two studio records had been world wide success’s. The former lead singer, Paul Di'Anno left the band after their tour in 1981. Many fans worried that this may of meant the end of Iron Maiden but as new lead singer Bruce Dickinson (ex- Samson singer) joined Iron Maiden could be said to begin. “The Number of the Beast” wasn’t only a breakthrough and classic metal record but also a big hit around the earth. Iron Maiden was at #1 in the United Kingdom charts and came in top 40 in U.S.A. What makes “The Number of Beast” better than the first two records is that all the members were more experienced and was able to write better songs and make them more catchy. This album also brought up a lot of controversy in religion, especially in the track “Run to the Hills”, accusing them of being Satan worshipers. “The Number of the Beast” is considered one of the best Heavy Metal records ever made up with “Back in the Black”, “Master Puppets” and “Paranoid”.

Invaders: The minute the song starts you realize that Iron Maiden didn’t only switch vocalist but they upgraded their sound. Begging with a 30 second instrumental into a fast verse of singing, metal riffs and a bumpy bass line. The chorus is when Guitarist starts to show off using quick riffs consisting of high notes. This track is a real nice opener letting you know what the record will sound like.

Children of the Damned: The song begins with a quick quiet acoustic guitar instrumental changing into a similar and calm electric guitar. The verses are slow and calm with Bruce Dickinson singing. When the chorus kicks all the instruments get louder and Bruce raises his voice really slightly. After a quick instrumental, the guitarist does a amazing guitar solo. After this the whole songs turn to a heavy metal song. What makes this song really cool is that most of the song is really calm but still sounds like a heavy metal song. The Prisoner: The begging is a sound clip from some movie or TV show. This song is very well written, mostly the begging instrumental fusing all the instruments perfectly. This song is much more heavier than the first two songs lyrically and musically. The chorus is the high point of the song. Not only is it the most catchy part of the song but the most well written. The guitarist soon enters a solo that isn’t one of the most difficult but one of the more pleasant to listen to.

22 Acacia Avenue: Unlike most songs this song doesn’t begin with a instrumental but instead enters right into the verse. The whole song sounds pretty unusual but is still very good. The song is very focused on the guitar and he does a great job. The song is very hard to put into words.

The Number of the Beast: This song also starts out with a sound clips from either a movie or a TV show. Again the begging went right into the verses that is very simple but are well written and catchy. When the chorus kicks in the whole band upgrades their talent and it sounds amazing. The song instrumental is where the song goes beyond belief. After the instrumental the song revives its original format with the awesome chorus.

Run To The Hills: The song starts with a very interesting riff that sounds like it was taken out of a Black Sabbath guitar solo while Bruce sings a disturbing story. After that the songs takes a turn to the real verse of the song. The chorus is very catchy and well written. After another chorus another one of those solo kicks in and drives your mind nuts but unfortunately not as many instruments were used and it wasn’t as long as I would of wanted it to be. Ignoring that the rest of the song is probably the catchiest and maybe the best written. What really holds this song back from getting more checks is a great instrumental.
Gangland: This song starts out with a little calmer instrumental but when Bruce starts singing the guitar takes a much heavier sound. The song either has a really long chorus or a very short one but you don’t know but that is part of the beauty of the song. There is another guitar solo but it just isn’t as good as the others. Other than the guitar solo the guitarist does a good job.

Hallowed Be Thy Name: A funny sounding guitar riff starts the song with soft drums and Bruce using his trained voice to grab your attention. About 1 minute through the song a different guitar riff riffs kicks in. Before the chorus a very nice guitar focused instrumental enters. The chorus is simple but is absolutely amazing and is famous. After a chorus a pleasant guitar solo kicks in. After a couple more verses another instrumental enters which last quite a while. It is amazing! When the solo kicks in it is absolutely amazing, it is at the best of the whole entire record. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” takes what I love about Iron Maiden and shows it off and drives you nuts! Hallowed Be Thy Name takes all of Iron Maidens talent and puts it in 1 song.

Rating: 4.5 Our of 5
Favorite Track: Hallowed Be Thy Name.


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BallsToTheWall
September 20th 2009



44164 Comments


Basically. Decent TBT.

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2009



9984 Comments


#2 for 1982 lol good to know

Greggers
September 20th 2009



2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

meh, s'alright

Douchebag
September 20th 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My first Maiden album, and a damn fine one at that.

KILL
September 20th 2009



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

beast

Digging: Picchio dal Pozzo - Picchio dal Pozzo

Nagrarok
September 21st 2009



7946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

“Run to the Hills”, accusing them of being Satan worshipers

....uuuuhhh, don't you mean the title track?

“The Number of the Beast” is considered one of the best Heavy Metal records ever made up with “Back in the Black”,

*Back in Black, which is not even a metal record


You don't do such a bad job at analyzing the songs, but just describing how they go is quite boring to read. Track-by-track reviews are not liked with a reason. Next time, try to describe the album overall, and give features of certain songs to back up your ideas.

Also, a couple of examples of phrases to stay away from:

After a quick instrumental, the guitarist does a amazing guitar solo.

After this the whole songs turn to a heavy metal song.

A funny sounding guitar riff starts the song

You need to describe more what the album sounds like. I've heard dozens of 'quick instrumentals', 'amazing guitar solos' and 'funny sounding guitar riffs'. Also, 'a heavy metal song' is too general to describe what it actually sounds like.

I made a lot of these mistakes too when I started reviewing. Just use the pointers you'll be given by everyone. Practice makes perfect.

Bfhurricane
September 21st 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have the same gripes as Nagarok. Love the album, but no more than a 4 or a 4.5. Hallowed Be Thy Name is the only song that really qualifies this to be a classic record.

Jesuslaves
September 21st 2009



4572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hallowed Be Thy Name = overrated as fuck

Bfhurricane
September 21st 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like I said, I love the album, but no more than a 4 or a 4.5. I just don't think it's Maiden's definitive work.

Nagrarok
September 21st 2009



7946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hallowed Be Thy Name = overrated as fuck


You sir, are very wrong. Best Maiden song, hands down.


Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


Used to listen to these guys when i was 12. Cheesy fun

KILL
September 21st 2009



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Maiden song, hands down.

Yep

Nagrarok
September 21st 2009



7946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Priest is indeed 1000000x cheesier than Maiden.

Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


Both bands are pretty fucking cheesy

Nagrarok
September 21st 2009



7946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

From Maiden's Hallowed Be Thy Name:

Im waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime
Reflecting on my past life and it doesnt have much time
Cos at 5 oclock they take me to the gallows pole
The sands of time for me are running low

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
I take a look through the bars at the last sights
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

Can it be theres some sort of error
Hard to stop the surmounting terror
Is it really the end not some crazy dream


From Priest's Painkiller

Faster than a bullet
Terrifying scream
Enraged and full of anger
Hes half man and half machine

Rides the metal monster
Breathing smoke and fire
Closing in with vengeance soaring high

He is the painkiller
This is the painkiller

Planets devastated
Mankinds on its knees
A saviour comes from out the skies
In answer to their pleas


Compare.

Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


No.

http://www.metal-rules.com/interviews/images/Maiden_-_live2000.jpg

ninjuice
September 21st 2009



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Four musicians standing next to each other = cheesy
Okay.

Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


Then we have differing views on what constitutes cheesiness. Iron Maiden is pure cheese.

Boognish
September 21st 2009



1003 Comments


Fine. Try this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob5vW9BBuws

Not in the SLIGHTEST bit cheesy, what the hell was i thinking?

quaazi
September 21st 2009



200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sure, pick one anthem song. Maiden isn't cheesy one bit.



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