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3 stars 666, The Number Of The Beast

I find some prog stuff in Iron Maiden, they are one of the biggest Dream Theater influences, Steve Harris playing and the odd time signatures, but I think it's not enough. I'd really like to give a 5 stars rating. If we were at Heavy Metal Archives, I'd give it the perfect score without a doubt, but unfortunately we are at Prog Archives. So, let's get it on!!!

The album has some great Classic Maiden Songs, but there are some tracks that are just to fill the space between them.

The album starts with a bang, Invaders, one of my favorite tracks of this release, the versatility that Harris gives to his bass guitar is simply amazing, which of course adds some of progressiveness to the song. Dickinson is immaculate on his singing, one of the best vocalists in Rock History.

Children Of The Damned has its best part when the powerful voice of Mr. Dickinson makes the introduction of the twin guitars of Adrian Smith and Dave Murray.

"I am not a number, I'm a free man", this track's lyrics are simply a yell of freedom, musically, one of the best Maiden's works.

I'm gonna skip Acacia Avenue, 'cause I don't find nothing interesting in that song.

"666, The Number Of The Beast", that simple and plain phrase is something that you just can't keep out of your mind for a long, long time, you keep singing, and singing.

The lyrics that came out from a nightmare of the sick mind of Mr. Harris is one of the best ever written, demons and monsters fill your room until you scream once again. "666, The Number Of The Beast".

The galloping bass of Steve and the intelligent lyrics of Bruce made this song, a theme about indians and conquerors, war and violence against the natives is told by this British Band.

I'll skip Gangland and Total Eclipse to go with the last and best song of the album.

The slow start, the voice, the lyrics, the bell tolling with each crash on the drums, what else can I say. This song is simply perfect. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!!!

At the end of this review, which is probably the longest I've ever written, I'm pretty unsure of the rate I should give to it. So when the doubt appears,

So, I'll give it 3 stars, just because you can continue your long and extensive way through progressive music without this album. That's it!!!

MadcapLaughs84 | 3/5 |


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