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THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

Iron Maiden

 

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3.79 | 457 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars It's a first Iron Maiden album ever I heard in my life (ok, somewhere in early eightees,still as LP), and I believe that it's one of the greatest album in rock ever.

In fact, I liked hard rock and heavy metal before, but in general it was very high energy, but often quite simple music. I liked some great bands as Pink Floyd of Supertramp as well, but there wasn't enough "heavyness"in their sound. So, it was like living two lives ( in music) without strong connection between each other.

With that album situation started to change. For sure, it wasn't some serious difference at once, but it was a beginning of long way of understanding, that heavy music could be "proggy".

Even now I don't believe too much that Iron Maiden has big relations with true progresive music. But for the time that album was released this small "something" was enough for the different feeling of all music world.

The album as heavy metal ( or New Wave of British Heavy Metal, what is more correct) is absolutely jam. Having all best atributes of that style ( heavyness, guitar riffs, really great Bruce Dickinson vocal, melodies, bright compositions and good sound), it has some complexity in sound, more usual for heavy prog bands of that time. I think that is only "prog"component in it, but it's enough for making this heavy metal album perfect work ( I think may be even the best band's album ever).

snobb | 4/5 |

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