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THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

Iron Maiden

 

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3.84 | 739 ratings

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JohnGargo
3 stars This is Iron Maiden's first album with Bruce Dickinson, although contrary to popular belief it doesn't quite signify the start of a new-era for Iron Maiden. For the most part, the songwriting is still very much influenced by NWOBHM, although Dickinson's fantastic vocals offer the band more options (to be taken advantage of come next album... stay tuned!). The songs on display here don't really display that much of a bigger range than that of KILLERS, but listeners are often fooled into thinking so because of Dickinson's dramatic vocals and the much-improved production values. The album is riddled with metal standards that, while excellent, suffer a bit from overexposure. Steve Harris and company's (but interestingly enough, not Bruce Dickinson... the tunes here were completed prior to his arrival) songwriting continues to inch closer and closer to progression, most notably visible in the excellent B-Side "Total Eclipse" and the album- closer "Hallowed Be Thy Name." This is a 5-star metal classic, but for prog purposes it lies between being good and excellent. Let it be very good then... 3.5 stars.
JohnGargo | 3/5 |

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