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THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

Iron Maiden

 

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3.79 | 479 ratings

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LSDisease
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This album was my first approach with Iron Maiden's music and I loved it from the first tunes of Invaders. I remember I listened a lot to Metallica's Master Of Puppets at the time but surprisingly when I heard Number Of The Beast it didn't seem less violent. And why it didn't? It's easy. Because songs on Number Of The Beast have the same punk rockish approach as first Metallica's album Kill'em All. Of course Master Of Puppets was more complex and heavier but the music was same aggressive as Maiden songs from 'The Beast'. Invaders and Gangland simply crush your bones with fast and violent tunes. Dickinson is much better singer than DiAnno and he proves that especially in power ballad Children Of The Damned which is probably my favorite song on this release. The finger hammering solos at the end of this tune are also amazing. This is METAL. Prisoner was my favorite song from this album when I heard it for the first time. It has a punk rockish riff but the whole tune drifts into typical heavy metal. 22 Acacia Avenue is almost progressive song with lots of great solos but it's also probably the heaviest track on the album. There are moments when Dickinson screams making it so wild. The most popular tunes on this album are 3 songs on side B. Title track is pretty good and I still enjoy it, Hallowed Be Thy Name is the longest and a bit Sabbath-flavoured tune which I partly like but Run To The Hills is a terrible disco metal song same annoying as Running Free from debut album. Listen to the chorus. What a lame piece of cheese. Ironically it became the most recognizable Maiden song from their whole career. Steve Harris must have lost his mind naming after that song Iron Maiden's biography. But nevermind, even with that song I could rate this album by 5 stars. I'm giving 4.5 only because I'd have to give 5 to 4 other Maiden albums and it's prog site. Anyway highly recommended.

LSDisease | 4/5 |

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