Thursday, July 21, 2016

Album Review: Number of the Beast

Album: The Number of the Beast
Band: Iron Maiden
Genre: Classic Metal
Year of Release: 1982
Duration: 44:56
Label: Sanctuary
Rating: 9.8/10

    The Number of the Beast is not only a bona-fide classic metal album, but an absolutely freaking fantastic one. From the sound of an F power chord striking like thunder in the intro to "Invaders" to at-the-time new guy Bruce Dickinson's wailing at the end of "Hallowed be Thy Name", this is an extremely enjoyable album. The production is solid, but the bass is a little bit too loud. However, this isn't much of a problem, since Steve Harris one of the key reasons Iron Maiden sounds the way they do. The songs are just so catchy, and they're somewhat progressive, but they don't drag on forever like they do on Maiden's newer albums. Bruce Dickinson's vocals are spot on, and while I like (previous Iron Maiden singer) Paul Di'anno, Dickinson is much better;his voice is much more memorable. The melodies on this album are really good, especially on the chorus to "The Prisoner" and the classic "Run to the Hills". The guitar work is fantastic, as it is very prominent, but it also works around Steve Harris's trademark gallopy bass lines. Every song on here is flawless, with the exception of the penultimate track "Gangland". Its not that its a bad song, its just not as memorable as songs like "Number of the Beast" or "Children of the Damned". The lyrical content on this album is also much darker than Maiden's later work.  Just listen to the lyrics to "22 Arcadia Avenue" or "Children of the Damned" and you'll see what I mean. Overall, this is a fan-freaking-tastic album that every metalhead, casual or hardcore should own. If you say you like metal and you don't own this, I don't know what to say to you. This album is to metal what pizza is to Italian food.

Strongest Tracks: "Invaders", "Children of the Damned", "The Prisoner", "22 Arcadia Avenue", "Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", "Hallowed  Be thy Name"

Weakest Tracks: "Gangland"