Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast



by YDload USER (16 Reviews)
January 21st, 2005 | 35 replies

Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast is a heavy metal classic. Released in 1982, 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, Clive Burr. As for the rest of them, 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 not without reason. 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

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 almost 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. This song, however, will definitely grow on you if you give it the chance. 4/5

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's the album for you. Beginning Maiden fnas should definitely buy this album first, as it is the most accessible of their albums and also one of their best. 4.5/5

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January 22nd 2005


Great review... Gonna go get this album.... Is Hallowed Be Thy Name THAT GOOD???

January 22nd 2005


good review, and for slash04 there, yes hallowed be thy name IS THAT GOOD

January 22nd 2005


DecenT review on one amazing album. If you guys think that hallowed be thy name is that good on record. you shoud hear it live...

January 22nd 2005


Yeah its better live. But it does take a while to like this song properly. But isnt the song Number Of The Beast about a dream? And surely Dave Murray is better than Adrian Smith? Not by much, and I actually prefer Adrian, but Dave is better. And the album has got to be 5/5. One of the best albums, with the best songs in heavy metal, and the weak points really dont bring it down do they?

January 23rd 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Just a note: This is one of the first reviews I ever did, but just recently put it back on the new review site. I tried to change some of the ratings along with my changed tastes, but it's not entirely accurate.

But the ratings and overall opinion should still be the same. Pick this up if you're new to Maiden, and Hallowed Be Thy Name is awesome.

February 26th 2005


nice review

ive only got edward the great by maiden but im definetly gonna pick this one up soon(mostly cause of Hallowed be thy name)

zinner zero
March 14th 2005


note: if you have heard the album songs and you were amazed know hear the rock in rio live ones, your going to shit on your pants

July 16th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

this cd is awsome, possible there best cd, my favorite songs are children of the damned, number of the beast, run to the hills, and of course hallowed by thy name

July 19th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great CD, but I didn't become as attached to this one as I did with Piece of Mind. Great review, too.

August 14th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Great CD. As mentioned, Gangland isn't that great, so it kinda made me think "man, I must be wrong... I hate this song." But I guess it's OK to not like it. other than that the CD flows amazingly. Plus, I got it with enhancements: videos and photos, so I can't really complain.

August 15th 2005


Number and Powerslave just keep fighting in my mind and i cant choose which one is better

August 21st 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

"22 Acacia Avenue" is a continuation of "Charlotte The Harlot".

This album is genius.

August 21st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. It looks like I'm going to have to get this album.

August 27th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Music really doesn't get any better than this album. N.O.T.B. is one of my favorite songs of all time. Very nice review, by the way.

UP THE IRONS!!!This Message Edited On 08.27.05

Hugh Jass
September 1st 2005


Mental Note: Must buy album. The message again is: Must By Album. You'd be amazed how hard it is to type with no hands. Anyone know how Eddie is I heard he went into rehab last month?

September 4th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

A fantastic album, apart from Gangland. Good review.

September 5th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

A Must Have!!

September 5th 2005


if u take away gangland i like # better than powerslave

September 5th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

i dont think gangland is that bad lol a preddy average song in my opinion. By the way good review for a classic album.

Hugh Jass
September 5th 2005


Oh you are saucy!

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