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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast

Have I ever mentioned to you guys how much I love reviewing albums out of the Suggestion Box? If I haven't, well I do!! And here is another one, from resident metal expert - janis!. She recommended that I give some classic metal a go, and I have been as of late. This is probably the last classic metal installment, as I think I'm out of suggestions from her. I still have a ton of newer metal to get to, so that installation will start next metal review. Anyways, who hasn't at least heard of Iron Maiden. Show of one? That's what I thought. 1975 - London, that's when and where these guys started. The lead singers name is Bruce Dickinson. Yes, the Bruce Dickinson. Cock of the walk baby! I really hope I'm not the only one who gets that joke. Anyways, it's not that Bruce Dickinson, but a guy who was the lead singer for years, and then quit to do his own thing. But that wasn't until 1993 and this record came out in 1982. He came back again in 1999 - but that's also neither here nor there. This was the third studio album from Maiden, and has seen a very solid amount of success over the world. Mainly behind the raging success of 'Run To The Hills' - which is simply a hard rock anthem. If you don't think you've heard that track, please - pretty please listen to it. Do it now. I'll wait. Pretty great right? This album went through all the trials of the general public calling it "satanic" and getting banned from places. Typical metal fare. The bottom line really is, this album is rock solid. It might be the very definition of classic metal. I can't immediately think of a record that signifies that sound more than this one. Just for that reason, check it out. Even if you're not a metal fan.

1. Invaders
2. Children of the Damned
3. Prisoner, The
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
5. Number of the Beast, The
6. Run to the Hills
7. Gangland
8. Total Eclipse
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Run To The Hills
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
3. Children Of The Damned

4.25 out of 5 stars


  1. Man, the only reason I can say that I've actually heard of this band is because of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4. "Number Of The Beast" was the track that got me amped the most. A real get up track.

    It's ironic that I actually did some research of these guys myself, and yea, much of there music was banned because of the questionable content. There was also a video they made that was banned as well. It was some image they used that scared people or something of that nature.

    Agreed though, as far as sheer rock, its not bad.

  2. I'm not much of a I can't say I'd have gotten that reference.

    Pretty typical with these types of bands. People feel like all they do is worship satan and think of ways to destroy Christians. Some people have a very skewed view of the world.

    Great hard rock band. Well, this album anyway.

  3. great band yes. and it's almost laughable how their music was banned when you compare it to some of the stuff that's out now.

    i will try to throw some more metal your way - after my california tiki vacation.

  4. Signature. I can't think of a more classic metal sound that these guys. Even Motorhead might be "too hard" to be the standard.

    I don't necessarily need more metal, but more classic metal!