IRON MAIDEN - "THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST" 1982

 IRON MAIDEN


"THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST"

1982


INVADERS - This third album by the band features singer Bruce Dickinson for the first time and this opening track is a rip roaring, frenetic guitar and drum festival! It is almost like a Punk Metal song with searing guitar parts and Bruce exercising his vocal chords to full effect.

CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED - This track opens like a Gothic/Progressive Rock track.  It epitomises the sound of Dickinson's Iron Maiden in the future.  The metallic operatic style is more powerful than that of previous vocalist, Paul Di'Anno.  Classic Iron Maiden.

THE PRISONER - A track in the chug-a-chug guitar style of Black Sabbath and inspired by the TV series The Prisoner.  It includes spoken parts from the series but the awesome searing guitar solo after the 4 minute mark makes up for it.

22 ACACIA AVENUE - This is a retro 70s Classic Rock style track that is a decent song but is nothing unusual that you've not heard before.

THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST - The immense title track and second single.  It originally peaked at number 16 in the UK chart in 1982 but hit number 3 on its re-release in 2005!.  It's loud, brash and powerful and Dickinson's evil-esque vocals intertwine superbly with the manic, horror style Heavy Metal backing.  


RUN TO THE HILLS - Probably the best known Iron Maiden song.  Its a perfect Heavy Metal radio-friendly track with its booming sing-a-long chorus that encourages you to join in, LOUD!.  A pulsating drumbeat and usual heavy guitar riffs at a maddening pace opened my ears to the band after only hearing "Running Free" a couple of years earlier.  The first single off this album and it reached number 7 in the UK chart but has been re-released several times since.

GANGLAND - A bit of a "filler" track for me, it doesn't seem to get going enough to grab the listener.  There is nothing overly special about this one, I'm afraid.  Cliched jam.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME - A mega 7 minute epic to finish, almost Gothic and Medieval leanings here.  There's a little Progressive and Classic Rock mixed in here.  A fantastic end to the album.

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