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THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

Iron Maiden

 

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3.79 | 457 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Exit Di Anno, welcome Bruce Dickinson.

Even if the Maiden changed from vocalist, their style won't change very much. Still the same good old wild hard-rock. This album was their first number one in the UK charts (more to follow). As their previous album, this one won't let you breathe for a second.

You might think that "Children Of The Damned" will be somewhat smoother. But if it starts as an average rock ballad, its crescendo build up makes it the highlight of this album. Absolutely irresistable.

Don't look to anything prog releated in this album (but this is not a creative statement) : what you'll get is again wild stuff. With character and skills.

The most elaborate song "22, Acacia Avenue" is a brilliant hard-rock / heavy metal anthem. Wonderful guitar play and an incredible rhythmic section of course. Business as usual. Maiden day to day operations. But these dual guitars are exceptional.

The incredible beat of their previous album "Killers" is just repeated. Even one punkish song is featured here again : "Gangland" (and not "Garageland" of whom you might know...). My fave is "Hallowed Be Thy Name". More complex and accomplished than the other songs featured on this album. A great closing number.

This is a good album for hard-rock / heavy metal lovers. I guess that the average proghead will stay away from this sort of recordings. As of any Maiden album actually...

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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