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Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast CD (album) cover


Iron Maiden


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3.82 | 640 ratings

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4 stars Prog or nay this is a classic heavy metal album.

Iron Maiden are perhaps one of the most well known and influential heavy metal bands ever and their 1982 album 'Number of the Beast' their first album with vocalist Bruce Dickinson cemented their popularity scoring a number one hit in the UK. The album is chock full of heavy metal classics, there isn't a single weak track on here 22 Accacia Avenue has a great middle section hinting at speed metal, The title track is probably the best on the album, utterly triumphant with bitchin' solos - how could you not sing along to it?, sure it's cheesy but this is 80's aggresive cheese, get out those torn jeans and massive sunnglasses. Run to the hills is a fast paced song about cowboys and indians, one of their most popular singles. Hallowed be thy name is probably the only song on the album with a strong progressive link clocking in at over 7 minutes with a non-standard structure, this would be my second favourite song behind the title track, some of the best riffs on the album, supertight harmonies, triumph, aggression, speed, bitchin' solos - it's all here.

This is a must have album for any serious heavy metal fan, sure it's not really prog but it's still a fantastic album that deserves to be recognised as such in spite of that fact. 4.5 stars.

FruMp | 4/5 |


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