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Iron Maiden - "The Number of the Beast" (CD)

Iron Maiden - "The Number of the Beast" CD cover image

"The Number of the Beast" track listing:

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

Reviewed by on June 10, 2009

"The sheer excellence of 'The Number of the Beast' has been an obvious influence on much of today’s metal bands, as we can see elements of the band’s style seeping into a lot of material from our current metallic landscape."

There are many elements that come together to create an astoundingly masterful work in "The Number of the Beast," and the well-rounded nature of the band contributes highly to making it such a successful outing. We can see the duelling guitars at their greatest point from "22 Acacia Avenue" and others where Iron Maiden is out to create as enjoyable a standpoint to play from as possible.

Moments on "The Number of the Beast" are untouchable in greatness and memorability and there are more of these types of occasions than you’ll find almost anywhere. The song-writing is catchy, yet has an undeniable epic flavour to the tone, making for as effective a trip as possible.

The crisp guitar playing is complemented by equally solid backup in terms of bass playing and drums to create a sound that is often imitated, but rarely duplicated. Of course Bruce Dickinson’s signature vocal wailings complement the music nicely and he displays some acrobatic capabilities in such places as “Hallowed be thy Name,” where his stellar range is displayed to its fullest capacity.

Everything melds together greatly over the length of the album and hooks are crafted that complement each other nicely throughout. There is very little, if anything, to fault with the album here, as the consistency is great, even for Iron Maiden. "Piece of Mind" displays a slight edge in terms of crafting some songs that had a slightly greater effect on me, but "The Number of the Beast" is definitely at the top of the heap in terms of their discography.

The sheer excellence of "The Number of the Beast" has been an obvious influence on much of today’s metal bands, as we can see elements of the band’s style seeping into a lot of material from our current metallic landscape. When looking for a great traditional release, it’ll be difficult to top the overall presentation you get from this album.

Highs: Memorable tracks stick in your head and the performances are spectacular

Lows: Piece of Mind and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son are around as good

Bottom line: Classic release from one of metal's finest outfits

Rated 5.0 out of 5 skulls
5.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)