Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


5.0
classic

Review

by MusicTrap USER (3 Reviews)
August 1st, 2010 | 50 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iron maiden's breakthrough album possesses quality unmatched by nearly every other piece of work by Iron Maiden.

After the release of the first two albums, Iron Maiden was gaining popularity at a rate faster than any other metal band at the time. However, some fans wre alienated by the band's firing of their popular lead singer Paul Di'Anno.

Questions were asked. "What will they sound lke now? Who will sing for them? Are they going to lose their edge?" The answers? Well, Paul Di'Anno was out, and in was a man named Bruce Dickinson. If you have to ask who that is then you probably shouldn't be reading this review, as you are not an Iron Maiden fan. As Dickinson arrived, so too did a completely different sound for Maiden. His voice had a power that Paul's didn't and therefore the songs became more powerful as well. The result of this was one of the greatest metal albums ever spawned, and with it Iron Maiden emerged as a true force in the music industry.

Fan after fan comes and claims this album is overrated and that they like albums such as Piece of Mind, Powerslave and Seventh Son more. Yet these same fans all love Hallowed Be Thy Name, Children of the Damned and 22 Acacia Avenue. It always comes to the same two songs; the title track and Run to the Hills. Hardcore fans claim to dislike these songs because of factors like radio overplay and hype. Back when this album came out, though, these songs were adored. That's because they're metal classics any way you slice it. I don't find anything overrated about this album. In fact so many claim it is that I would now classify it as underrated.

There's a lot to love about this album, whether it be that the songs that retain a bit of the Di'Anno sound, or the new energy Dickinson infuses, as shown in songs like The Prisoner and 22 Acacia Avenue. The weak point of the album is likely Total Eclipse, which wasn't even released on the original and still is not enough to throw off the album's sound. Not only that, but it comes right before Hallowed Be Thy Name, a song so great that it not only makes up for Total Eclipse, but it makes up for every lesser song Maiden has ever made. It's a great decision to close this album full of near perfect songs with a completely perfect song. It's everything Iron Maiden is about.

All in all this album is a classic and a must listen for every metal fan in the enitre world. Who knows why so many have some to find it overrated? Sure, the title song and Run to the Hills are they're most famous, but that does not make them any worse. Perhaps it's easier for some to dismiss it as overrated than explain why it's so great. Whichever way you slice it this will always be one of the best metal albums of all time.

Invaders-4/5
Children of the Damned-4.5/5
The Prisoner-4/5
22 Acacia Avenue-4.5/5
The Number of the Beast-4.5/5
Run to the Hills-4.5/5
Gangland-4.5/5
Total Eclipse-3.5/5
Hallowed Be Thy Name-5/5


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Counterfeit
August 1st 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ONE PER DAY BRO

MusicTrap
August 1st 2010


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

why?


Counterfeit
August 1st 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

because, its fuckin etiquette kid.

Counterfeit
August 1st 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and we dont need 3 half assed reviews on the front page at once. even if only 2 of em are up, still.

SCREAM!
August 1st 2010


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one per day, rating doesnt reflect your track ratings,

"If you have to ask who that is then you probably shouldn't be reading this review, as you are not and Iron Maiden fan." This destroys the whole point of a review. A review is supposed to instruct people that havent heard the band/album.

You repeat the beginning of your first paragraph in your second.

Third paragraph is useless

You give this a 5 and barely make any mention of the music featured. Its more powerful than past releases won't help anyone that hasnt heard those and thats about the only thing you say about it.

Shouldve waited between your reviews so you could take in criticism. For a third review this sucks.

BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2010


44800 Comments


Auto pos.

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731
August 1st 2010


662 Comments


Okay you can stop reviewing now

HumanGenome
August 1st 2010


195 Comments


awesome another iron maiden review

731
August 1st 2010


662 Comments


doublepost

Erratic
August 1st 2010


1120 Comments


I just noticed the order of these reviews and that he was probably planning on doing their entire discography in order.

SCREAM!
August 1st 2010


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Balls, dont enourage this

ShadowRemains
August 1st 2010


21327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how is this a 5 if you only gave one track a 5? O_o

BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2010


44800 Comments


I encourage douchbaggery because i'm a tool and that's what tools do.

SCREAM!
August 1st 2010


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FIGHTING

ShadowRemains
August 1st 2010


21327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RAPING

BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2010


44800 Comments


EATING CHERRIES

Erratic
August 1st 2010


1120 Comments


LOOTING

ShadowRemains
August 1st 2010


21327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MARAUDING

BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2010


44800 Comments


GETTING JACKED

SCREAM!
August 1st 2010


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Saw them live and they didnt play Run To The Hills, Aces High or The Trooper


was like wtf



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