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The last track is a tour de force of atmosphere and building dread, one of the greatest Maiden tracks that the band still play live. Overall this album is an essential purchase. I do not like the album cover as it is puerile and juvenile by today's standards, but in it's day this was the one to get hold of; the music is simply awesome, changing the face of metal forever!
As far as prog rock goes there is little on offer here, so only 3 stars for me in the prog realm, but its a 4 star metal album. Come on you Irons! The Number of the Beast marked a significant change for Iron Maiden. First of all, you have the entrance of Bruce Dickinson, "Air Raid Siren", on vocals, and second you have an international success and one of the most iconic and influential albums in heavy metal.
Yes, you could call The Number of the Beast one of the most groundbreaking albums in metal, but it is certainly not without reason. This album is fantastic and marks the first in a long string of Dickinson classics. Many people would call The Number of the Beast the best Iron Maiden album, and even though I don't entirely agree with this, it would be pure blasphemy to call it anything less than quintessential and just simply awesome. This album has a slightly different sound than the first two Iron Maiden full-lengths, mostly due to Bruce Dickinson's vocal prowess.
Gone are the punk-laden vocals of Paul Di'Anno, replaced by the masterful heavy metal vocals of Bruce Dickinson. As you can imagine, the very different style of the two vocalists greatly impacted Iron Maiden's sound.
The punk-ish sound of the first two albums is gone almost entirely, and in replacement is a more traditional heavy metal sound. The Number of the Beast also introduces the galloping basslines and high falsetto vocals that Iron Maiden is known for.
However, the band had yet to fully unleash their prog side by the time of this album. The prog influences are still scarce on this album, but within the next two albums that would change drastically.
The only proggy song on this release is the mini-epic Hallowed Be Thy Name. Otherwise, this album is heavy metal with little variation outside of that genre. The Number of the Beast is an 8-track, album. Although another 5 to 10 minutes would've been nice, this is a generally good length for a heavy metal album.
There is very little filler here, and the only song short of excellent is Gangland. The other songs are all masterpieces of heavy metal.
Needless to say this album is all killer and almost no filler. Some of Iron Maiden's best material can be found here. As with all Iron Maiden albums, the musicianship is some of the best out there. Every single bandmate is extremely talented, and they always play exceptionally well together. As mentioned, this is the first album with Bruce Dickinson behind the microphone, and what a debut with Iron Maiden this was!
The man is just a fantastic singer, among the best in all of heavy metal. Steve Harris' bass playing is also another highlight here. Iron Maiden is one of the few metal bands who really emphasizes on their bass player, giving Harris more than enough room to shine through with his talent. The production on The Number of the Beast is perfect. This is among the best heavy metal productions ever.
It's powerful, clean, and the bass is high in the mix something I usually really like. It doesn't come as much of a surprise, though, considering how great Iron Maiden's production qualities usually are. Martin Birch is simply one of the best producers during this time period. Conclusion: The Number of the Beast is one of the most influential albums in heavy metal, and after hearing it many times, it's not hard to understand why.
Calling this album incredible is nothing short of the truth. Consider how many metal musicians, now legends in their own right, cite The Number of the Beast as a major musical influence. How many albums do you know that can fit a label like that?
I'm going to give The Number of the Beast a 4 star rating. I would've gone higher, but decided not to because Iron Maiden made even better albums in their future. Still, this album is a must-have for all metalheads. I am not a huge maiden fan. In fact, I didn't cared much about them untill around mid , when a local record store chain, due to finantial problems, had to close its doors.
In the months before they did so, they effortfully tried to sell whatever there was left in the stores, even selling CDs fro less than half the price, and I did whatever I could to grab as many albums as I could in such neat deals. At that time, I acquired most of Iron Maiden's discography without knowing much about them, but as I listened to their albums I slowly understood their fame, and Number of the Beast is a pivotal part of getting such importance in the heavy metal world.
The first album with the then new singer Bruce Dickinson proved to be a reboot for the band, becuse they significantly changed their sound, that now was much more well worked, developed and composed and had a marked epic feeling to it, which was significantly caused by Bruce's operatic voice allied with a more elaborate guitar work.
At this point, however, the band still retained much of their visceral sound from their two earlier albums, influenced by punk rock to some extent, what puts Number of the Beast as a transition album for the band, but transformed it in one of the main albums of the New Wave of Brittish Heavy Metal because of that uncommon mix of epic metal music and visceral, simple and straight to the point rock.
That caused the album to be one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time to the point that the way the song are organized in Number became one of the blueprints of metal albums. Although many consider Iron Maiden's albums from the latter part of the 80's to be their best, I personally think that this is actually their best album. The music by itself is very good: it is very concise, precise, it isn't overdone, something that the band recurringly did on following albums, resulting in things such as Bruce trying to go beyond his singing range or screaming instead of delivering a clear note or having messy guitar solos.
Also, their transition phase, between their straightforward and epic style is able to deliver everything it is supposed to with perfection, something the other band's albums failed, in a way or another, making the whole experience much more enjoyable. It is also important to point out that the production here is very well done: all instruments sound evenly, everybody gets his bit of space and nobody shines more than he rightfully should.
Add to that the fact that it is one of the most influential and important albums in the heavy metal history. The only logical result here is to give the perfect grade. I'll be brief: much of the album has that punkish energy and is able to merge that energy into often infectious grooves, certainly fare for getting those neck-muscles loosened up. While the songs possess that important energy most of them ultimately slip into this repetitive, mid-range buzz, which begins to blow the boredom spores in your direction.
Add this to the thin-sounding guitars and the less-than-soulful sections and it doesn't grip often enough. There are some cool moments: the title track is a punchy classic and there is a moving solo during "22, Acacia Ave" which has this nasty-good early Rush-like backing part behind it Some of those slower Dio-ish styled fantasy sections are nice as well, a needed break from the "Beast" treadmill pace.
As an aside, hopefully the album has turned on some people to the excellent "The Prisoner" television series from the s. Invaders starts off this album with an upbeat intro and Bruce Dickinson quickly takes his chance to showcase his amazing vocal abilities. Other than that, this is clearly one of the least impressive album openers in Iron Maiden's history due to the song's very generic structure. Invaders is just such a typical Heavy Metal song title; Judas Priest showcased their spectacular Invader on the record Stained Class while Magnum featured a grand scale Invasion on their debut album from that same year.
In short, Iron Maiden was at least 4 years behind in that regard. The rest of the song is solid tribute to the Dio-era Black Sabbath, although some would consider it a rip off considering that both bands were still active in The Prisoner is the first unmistakably Iron Maiden sounding composition which will pave the way for many similar songs for years to come.
I really have no idea what to say about 22 Acacia Avenue It's good to know that the band wouldn't try to recreate this type of composition throughout the rest of the '80s. What can I say about the album's title track that haven't been said already? How about the fact that this song was my main reason for rejecting Maiden for many years after I heard it back in my early teens! I mean, this is just such an irritatingly cheesy track that makes me think more of a weird Halloween masquerade than the actual chilling story that is being portrayed in the lyrics.
This is one of the two Iron Maiden tracks for the '80s that gets the skip button treatment the most by me whenever I listen to these albums patience, the second one will be revealed pretty soon. Run To The Hills might be just as overplayed as it's predecessor but at least this track manages to achieve the title of being the quintessential Iron Maiden tune which manages to combine pretty much all the distinguishable qualities within their work.
Gangland is another pretty forgettable track that is saved by the dual guitar action, other than that it's just too bland for my taste. Total Eclipse isn't really any better, even though I do enjoy that guitar riff a whole lot more. Hallowed Be Thy Name is easily the biggest highlight of the bunch, unfortunately even this track loses some of it's momentum after you hear the main guitar riff gets repeated a few too many times.
Other than that, this is an excellent piece of music which incidentally began the tradition of featuring an epic composition at the end of each album all the way to Somewhere In Time , or maybe even Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son since it's actually considered one long concept album by some.
I've written more than I should have about this album since I don't really hate it as much as some of my remarks would suggest. The fact is I just never cared much neither for or against it. I guess I can see why the fans like it - there are a lot of big hits here and the rest of the songs can probably grow on the listener with time.
Who knows, maybe it's all for the better in the long run? Long held to be Iron Maiden's immortal, classic contribution to the world of metal, Iron Maiden has undoubtedly had brighter musical moments than this, but its place as a go-to essential is not unfounded. Graced with some of the band's most recognizable songs, 'Number Of The Beast' lays down a foundation for all of the Maiden work to come.
With galloping rhythms, acrobatic vocals, aggressive speed and relative lyrical sophistication, Maiden's third album is a great place to start with this band's illustrious career. Twin-harmony guitars and a rhythm section that achieves a rolling pattern, akin to the galloping of a horse, are the two distinguishing traits of the band's music.
Although these songs are quite catchy, there is a technical sense to the riffs. Speed metal is obviously a factor here, although it's used moderately enough for the music to be melodic and memorable. The two most famous tracks off the record are the title track, and the crowd pleaser 'Run To The Hills'; a song that features everything that fans love about Maiden. Here, the lyrics revolve around European conquest of the New World; an ambitious topic in comparison to the bawdy 'sex and drugs and sex' themes that many metal bands of the time were into.
Iron Maiden had been a capable act with singer Paul Di'Anno, but Bruce Dickinson's voice really brings the band's sound to a new level of distinction. He is one of those singers who manages to impress in a lower range, as well as a blistering falsetto. The epic closer and highlight 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' is most indicative of this.
Beginning quite slowly, Bruce is able to set the scene of a dark holding cell, then raises the intensity as it becomes clear that the protagonist is doomed to be executed. Iron Maiden's sense of refined aggression is matched perfectly with this dark subject matter, although there are certainly more upbeat moments on the record, such as the tongue-in-cheek '22 Acacia Avenue'.
Although I think the quality of music would get higher as they tread towards more progressive domains, the classic quality and consistent songwriting makes this album a winner. It took a bit of time before I really understood this album. It has among the best batch of riffs that got streamlined into palpable song material. And the notice mostly came about due to extreme reactions to the title track, which as I understand it, is about someone bumping into a Satanic cult. The controversy has always been overblown, but it doesn't help when the phrase ''; the number of the beast'' is shouted ad nauseam in each chorus.
Musically, it does a good pasting job with the riffs; it climaxes from the beginning and going from one riff to the next is smooth.
It's all in the riff. The batch here keeps you on your toes, almost a thrash-fest before the concept of thrash metal existed. But here's the big question for this site; what does this album have to do with prog? A couple of bits, actually. The penultimate ending ''Hallowed Be Thy Name'' is near universally praised for the epic heights it achieves and it seems to channel Kansas for some reason , and the platitudes are well deserved.
Yes, this is strictly prog related; diehard prog fans need to seek out later '80s Maiden material for proggier adventures. To top it off, ''Run to the Hills'' has one of the most annoying choruses ever conceived. They succeeded in developing a diverse collection of well-crafted songs that made this album an instant classic becoming one of the most popular metal albums of all time.
This would be the last album with drummer Clive Burr and the only one on which he contributed his songwriting skills who was fired from the band during The Beast On The Road tour apparently for being unreliable and letting his partying affect his stage performance testifying to the high and professional standards of this band.
Burr was sadly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis shortly thereafter and died in from complications. Besides a number of memorable hits that have remained a staple in live sets, it's most notable for featuring the debut of Bruce Dickinson, a man who would go on to become one of the most beloved This album was bought as a child growing up at about 11 years of age.
The cassette is the basis to this review. The band's covers lured me into their sound and after their first tape caught somewhere in time that I did not like for their lack of vocals. This cassette filled that void but my pa A heavy metal classic and considered to be the best or one of the best by fans.
It's certainly an excellent one but I think the following "Piece of Mind" was even better! It was the first album with singer Bruce Dickinson, who proved to have quite a voice from the start with "Invaders". The 'Classic' album to many, now do i think that way? Bruce Dickinson and of course they were set for World Domination. The s A classic A very important album in heavy metal history, this is where Iron Maiden replaced the tough guy voice of Di Anno with the higher pitched voice of Bruce Dickinson.
This is a good album, but far from perfect. A description of the music: The album opens with "Invaders," a simpl The first album to feature Bruce Dickinson and the last to have Clive Burr on drums.
That is not to say that I don't enjoy the albums from the Dickinson era. I do actually, very much, but And why it didn't? This album was Iron Maiden's first to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson. His inclusion made a huge difference in the band's sound, due to the fact that previous vocalist Paul Di'Anno was more of a punk vocalist than a metal one. This album is considered to be one of the greatest metal albums of all t If he had lived, he would have crucified them all! Iron Maiden's third studio album Number of the Beast is truly a beast.
Each song is hit after hit of classic metal. The songs are powerful, operatic, lyrically skillful, varied, and at times blinding.
Definitely a clasic of the metal genre. Welcome to an icon. I am afraid I am going to sound like a cliche during the next paragraphs. But there is no other way to describe this album as a milestone, an icon and a masterpiece. It is not my favorite Iron Maiden album, but I still give it the respect it demand.
Invaders unleashed the The Number of the Beast" is widely regarded as one of the landmarks of heavy metal and one of the crowning achievements of Iron Maiden.
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