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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There is no other heavy metal album ever recorded that was as good as the Number of the Beast. This album shows Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Steve Harris (bass), Adrian Smith (guitar), Dave Murray (guitar) and Clive Burr (drums) all playing tightly and full of inspiration. Here Maiden find their sound, but did still seem to be experimenting with other tones which makes this album more varied than others like Powerslave which is what makes it their best (but don't get me wrong Powerslave kicks ass too and is full of complex songs. If you want more Maiden go there after getting this.) Heres how I feel about the tracks...

Invaders-7.5/10 annoying chorus but well sung verses and good solos

Children of the Damned-10/10-sorta like a good heavy metal power ballad with Bruce using his range in full swing, and has a nice guitar tapping section

The Prisoner-8.5/10-nice bass section into a catchy chorus and good solo, a little annoying sometimes though

22 Acacia Avenue-9/10-Great bass intro that goes straight into Bruce's war cry, loses a little bit of steam as the song progresses but is pretty awesome nonetheless

The Number of the Beast-12/10-favorite song ever, perfect, great solos vocals...

Run to the Hills-9/10-pretty cool song about murdering indians, most famous Maiden song

Gangland-8/10-fast paced song about gangs, its not that bad like people make it out to be, a very good rock song--but it sorta sticks out because other songs on this album are better. However its Punkish edge adds flavor to the album.

Total Eclipse-10/10-man am I glad they put this song on this album as a bonus track because its great. Bruce's voice really shines on this one...

Hallowed Be thy Name-10/10-what a great way to close such a brilliant album! Awesome song, with multiple time changes, good guitar harmonies and intelligent interesting lyrics...

Overall this is easily one of the best rock recordings of all time. I don't care if you like Iron Maiden or not, if you like hard rock or metal you owe it to yourself to get this album, its consistent through and lots of fun to hear, and the musicianship is superb. Don't listen to anyone who speaks otherwise, this is a 5 star album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2004
The Number Of The Beast is the first Iron Maiden album with Bruce Dickinson. This album had a large impact in the Metal community. There are plenty of songs that are classics and are still being played at resent concerts. The album starts out with the song "Invaders". Together with "Gangland" the least interesting tracks on the album. These songs are good, but not as good as the other tracks. "Children Of The Damned" is a mostly slow song with a haunting vibe. "Prisoner" is an up-tempo rocker. That song starts out with a sample from a movie. One of my favourite tracks on this album is "22 Acacia Avenue". The song contains the same lyrical content as "Charlotte The Harlot" from the album Iron Maiden. It is one of the more complex songs on the album. The instrumental part in the middle of the song really rocks.

The title-track is a fast song. I really like the gloomy intro, before the guitars get in and all hell breaks loose. It is one of Maiden's more intense songs. Run To The Hills was the first single from the album. It is a more "radio-friendly" song. The song is extremely catchy and is therefore an excellent song to play live. Gangland is a rather fast song, but is also an average song compared to the other tracks. "Total Eclipse" did not make it on the original version of The Number Of The Beast. The band said that they regretted not including "Total Eclipse" on the album. The song originally ended up as a B-side of a single. Fortunately, on the remastered version of the album "Total Eclipse" is included.

The last track on the album is "Hallowed Be Thy Name". That song is one of my favourite Iron Maiden tracks of all time. Unfortunately the studio-version is not as intense as the live versions. The song starts out with a gloomy intro. After the intro the band plays an excellent melodic part. Sadly the melodic part is played in a lower pace than the live-versions. Because I heard a live-version before I heard the studio-version, it was a slight letdown, for an otherwise excellent song. Furthermore, notice the different ending of the song compared to most live-versions. During most live-versions they play a short extra guitar lead, which is not played on the album.

Although I think that The Number Of The Beast is not Maiden's best work, I still give the album 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2002
After nearly 5 years, Steve Harris finally set up a line-up for the band he had created in 1976, Iron Maiden. With the release of their first two albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, the band were coming known for their post-punk heavy metal sound in England. It wasn't until they dropped singer Paul Di'Anno and brought in a new singer that their music would be heard worldwide.
On their third album, Number Of The Beast, released in 1982, the band removed singer Paul Di'Anno, whose vocal style set an attitude for their earlier punk-influenced music, and brought in singer Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson's range and ability was much more than that of Di'Anno's and although people feared the transition, it turned out well in the end. On guitars were the duo of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, whose tight harmonies and rhythms blazed unlike any band of the time. Band founder and "main man" Steve Harris always lets himself be heard and he is everywhere on thi album. He runs through all the classic blistering bass lines and keeps a steady beat with the drums. Provided by Clive Burr, the drumming is incredibly good; very strong, consistant and powerful. Out of the three albums he was on, Burr's drumming is best here.
The music itself is classic Maiden. The album starts off hard with Invaders. All the instruments come in hard and play the perfect riffs and beats. The drumming is masterful, the bass is pounding and the guitars harmonizes while rocking hard. This is the song that introduces "the new guy" to the fans as Dickinson shows off some range with his signature wailing. Next is Children Of The Damned, which can be related to Remember Tomorrow in a way. The song starts off with slow guitars and bass and erupts into an all-out distorted song. Dickinson's vocals shine here because again, he is showing the fans what he is all about and sings extremely well during the verses. The guitar is classic Maiden power-chord progression and the rhythm is nice and tight. The Prisoner is a pretty heavy song, guitar-wise. The verses are filled with heavy guitars and a slow rhythm before breaking to the extremely catchy chorus.
22 Acacia Avenue is a continuation of the story of Charlotte The Harlot from the self-titled debut. The guitars are great with a some hard and loud power chords while Burr absolutely rocks the drumset. Number Of The Beast is a Maiden classic. From the catchy chorus to the dualing guitars to the consistancy of the rhythm; this song has all the signature Iron Maiden features. This song is basically impeccable but is overshadowed by the next song, probably their most popular song in the history of the band: Run To The Hills. Once the drums start off right in the beginning, you know whats coming. The classic lyrical plot, the start of the "Iron Maiden Gallop", the pounding rhythm and awesome guitar work, especially in the solo. This song is wonderful and just shows what makes Iron Maiden so great and innovative.
Gangland is considered the worst track here but I really like it. The drumming here is very cool and the guitar is really nice. The vocals here are really cool. I don't really understand why not many people like it. Even the band didn't really like it. Total Eclipse is great song. The guitars are pretty heavy and the bass is good, playing in line with the solid drum beats. The album ends with another classic song: Hallowed Be Thy Name. This song is another one of the Maiden song that has basically everything. The opening guitar is creepy and the vocals set an eerie mood. Then, the guitars switch to distorted and harmonious while the bass creeps up from behind. Throughout the song, Dickinson keeps up with the band's speed while the guitars harmonize and the rhythm pounds. An awesome closing song.
Iron Maiden began to come into their own with this album, as they began to write more complex and innovative lyrics and music. Proclaimed as one of their best albums, Iron Maiden has influenced a great deal of today's bands while still managing to rock arenas around the world. I definitely recommend this to all Maiden fans and to some metal fans. Definitely check this album out. Its worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2003
I think that this gotta be Maiden's best effort, cause every single song has something catchy to it.
Invaders: A good opener, though not as good as Where Eagles Dare or Aces High , but still good.
Children of the Damned: Excellent song with great vocals and guitar.
Prisoner: Tough I didn't liked it very much at first, now it's a good song with great bridge and chorus.
22 Acacia Avenue: I think that this is one of the best songs in the album, and probably one of Maiden's best.
It has a great beggining and a completely amazing chorus, along with the good lyrics about Charlotte.
The Number Of The Beast: Nothing but a great rock song.
Run to the Hills: Probably the most known song from Maiden, and it has a catchy groove to it that makes this song excellent along with the thumping bass from Steve Harris.
Gangland: Maybe the weakest track , but still good.
Total Eclipse: A bit strange but it's a grower.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME: This gotta be Maiden's best song, with amazing lyrics, great drumming, and excellent guitar, not forgetting one of Metal greates voices: Bruce Dickinson.
All in all this a classic, this is a great album and i think it's the heaviest by Maiden thanks to the great non-stop drumming by Clive Burr(Is he better than Nicko? Maybe...)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The legendary album that cemented Iron Maiden as a world force band, and it introduced fans to vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Without a doubt Maiden's finest effort, songs like the classics "Run to the Hills", "Hallowed Be Thy Name", "The Prisoner", and the just plain cool title track, there are virtually no faults to find in "Number of the Beast", except that it is a bit short, but that is instantly forgiveable. An all time landmark album that is right up there with Metallica's "Ride the Lightning", Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", and Judas Priest's "British Steel". Essential for anyone who calls themself a metalhead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2003
Number of the Beast is the quintessential Iron Maiden. Released in 1982, this was the first of their albums to feature on vocals the man who would become their voice, and one of the signature voices of metal, Bruce Dickinson, replacing Paul Di'Anno. Number of the Beast was also Iron Maiden's last album to feature drummer Clive Burr, who was replaced by Nicko McBrain on their next studio release, Piece of Mind. So here you have the man who would become the best singer of the band, with their original drummer, along with the equally superb Steve Harris, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray. And this is the only album to feature all of their talents combined. Also, this digitally remastered version of it brings new life to the already great masterpiece that was the original. Not to mention Number of the Beast also features a couple of Iron Maiden's biggest hits ever, Hallowed Be Thy Name and the title track, Number of the Beast. There's no denying it, this album is to Iron Maiden what Back in Black was to AC/DC, what Blizzard of Ozz was to Ozzy Osbourne, etc. I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND this album to any fan of classic, old school hard rock/metal, for even the most jaded classic metal fan will find something fresh to love about this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2004
Well, I figure it's about time I got around to reviewing the rest of my Iron Maiden albums, so I'll start here. Although this is their best known album, I get the impression that most Maiden do not consider this to be their premiere work. I disagree. This album is both extremely consistent, and one of their most varied albums, plus it's got a baleful of all-time classics, all of which add up to it being the best IM album, and one of my all-time top 10.
This is, of course, Bruce Dickinson's first album with the band, and it displays a marked change from their other works. Their debut and Killers both had noticeable punk and standard bluesy hard rock veins in them. These elements are essentially completely removed, allowing them create a pure and decidedly archetypal metal album. The mix is thicker, the dynamics are even more pronounced, and the guitar is tighter and sharper which makes the riffs have a much more metallic edge to them. Dickinson's vox are a big change as well, of course. Di'Anno was pretty good, but Dickinson fits the music better and seems to be in better control of his voice. Murray and Smith are in as good of form as they'll ever be (which is very, very good), with plenty of good harmonies and solos, particularly from Smith. The rhythm section is rock solid too. Harris stands out, as always, providing the energy and drive in most of the songs.
Personally I think that this is Iron Maiden's most consistent album.(well, of the 9 I have. haven't got the post 7th son pre Brave New World ones) Invaders is a great speed metal opener. Not the best they've ever done but still very solid. Very energetic and catchy, though the little licks they play in the chorus are a tad chessy.(still fun though) Children of the Damned has to be the most underrated Iron Maiden song around.(though it's still very highly regarded.) It's probably my favorite IM song, and is one of those songs were it all comes together just right, paticularly the speedy and ultra-powerful closing section. The Prisoner is very good, and has some of the most pronounced dynamics on the album. The chorus is a bit whacky initially, but it grew on me, and it's got a sweet instrumental section. 22 Acacia Avenue is another first-rate rocker, with an unusually large number of riff and tempo changes.(Structurally it's more thrash than NWOBHM, and thus quite ahead of it's time.) The main riff from the final vocal section is probably my favorite IM riff, which is no mean feat. The final instrumental section destroys as well, particularly the driving basslines. Things continue going great with two more utter classics. I prefer Run to the Hills to Number of the Beast, but they're both excellent, with outstanding choruses. We have a slight drop down in quality for two tracks, but they're both good. Gangland is a solid if not particularly remarkable speed metal piece, but it's good enough that I don't skip it. Total Eclipse(which is a bonus track actually) is not the best song on the album, but it provides a good change of pace as it's got lots of atmosphere and is one of the slower tracks, with some especially crunchy riffing. We close with the legendary Hallowed Be Thy Name. Truth be told, I probably don't like this one quite as much as most IM fans, but it's still fantastic. Dickinson's vocals are wicked, and the solos and main riffs all destroy. Very powerful and emotional with out being cheesy.
Well thats it. Most of the tracks are total classics, and the rest are still good. Don't think twice about picking it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2003
Iron Maiden's third album kicks the legendary band into high gear and establishes the formula that has kept them on top of the metal world for 20 years. With the addition of classic lineup singer Bruce Dickinson, Maiden finds a more technically accomplished and yet much more agressive voice than Paul Di'Anno had been able to supply in the past. Steve Harris' songwriting has never been better than on this disc, with monster riffs and smoking solos that never lose their intensity and freshness, no matter how many times Maiden has done all this since. The closer Hallowed Be Thy Name is the perfect example of this, a perfectly paced 7-minute epic that just might be the ultimate metal song. Other highlights include the title track and Run To The Hills. Overall, there's not a metal band left on the planet that hasn't felt this disc's influence. The British metal stylings of Maiden have informed everyone from Metallica to Korn to Limp Biskit, and for better or for worse, this is the definitive album by the band that laid the foundation for all metal to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2006
This is just a brilliant album!!! i first bought it when i was 12, and ive never gotten tired of it. If you are just becoming a headbanger, this is one of the essential metal albums of the eighties thats a must have for any metalhead. The hit tracks, "Run to The Hills" and "The Number of The Beast" are just classic heavy metal songs. Other songs that are my particular favorite are "Children Of The Damned", "22 Acacia Avenue," and "Hallowed Be Thy Name." 22 Acacia Avenue is a continuance of the song "Charlotte The Harlot" one of my personal favorite Maiden songs. Children of the Damned is an excellent power ballad-like song, which starts off light and melodic and progresses towards a powerful riff and elevated, spine chilling vocals. Hallowed Be Thy Name is just an amazing song, which starts out light and melodic in the beginning, and progresses to an instrumental song towards the end of the track with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith's dual guitar soloing and harmonies. This is truly a classic and should be owned by every true metalhead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2004
This is probably Iron Maiden's best album. Released in 1982, the music still hold up very well today. Out of the 9 tracks, there are 5 songs which I think are of 5+ star quality... Run to the Hills, Children of the Damned, The Number of the Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, and The Prisoner. Personally, I'd probably go with The Prisoner as being my favorite track on the album. Also featured on this album are Invaders and 22 Acacia Avenue... both excellent songs in their own respect. If you are just getting into Iron Maiden, this is the album I would definitely recommend that you start with. After you wear this album out (and you will!), then I would pick up Powerslave and Somewhere In Time, both excellent as well.
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