A British heavy metal band. Yes, British. I have not seen this guys live before but I have HEARD them live before. Get it? I haven't seem them personally but I did hear a live recording. It's like I heard them live but I haven't seen them. If I want to see the band while they perform a song I'll just watch MTV or VH1, but I haven't watched those in a long time. I hear they got some show called Pimp My Ride nowadays. I have never seen this show, but I think its when some dude gets in a car and he picks up people and he transports them to the grocery store, the gas station, or wherever they want to go. Why don't they just call the show Taxi? Or Cab? Or New York Driver? My dad doesn't live with me, he lives in New York and drives a taxi. My mom hopes hes gonna die real soon!
Anyway, while I was listening to this live recording of Iron Maiden (Run To The Hills) I did notice that Dickinson had a British accent. The crowd was also really into it and they sang along with Bruce. I was into it as well, because it seems like they are very good live. It would be interesting to see. Yeah, it would.
Anyway again, Number of the Beast is actually lead singer Bruce Dickinson's debut with Iron Maiden. Before him, they released two albums with some other guy who's last name is Itallian, and they were succesful but he appeared to be an alcoholic, so they got rid of him. Isn't everyone in metal an alcoholic? I don't know. But yeah, this is definitly a masterpiece; one of Iron Maiden's finest. They pull together a great musical style here too. And I should add, Bruce is better than Dianno. See? I remembered his name.
Things start off quickly with "Invaders", a song about a viking invasion. Everything has a great speed and Dickinson does great on the mic. This is very catchy as well. Some very good lines here and there, and the closing is just great. This one never slows down. "Children of the Damned" is awesome. It starts off acoustically bringing in the darkness of the song and soon Bruce comes in slowly. He appears to be talking about Satan in this, I don't know, but the chorus to this is great and the whole feeling is great. There are also some great solos in here as well, but the lyrics and vocals are what makes this.
Next is "The Prisoner". This is all about cereal. Yeah, breakfast cereal. I had cinnamon life today. Alright, just kidding. Here, Bruce goes on a rant about a prisoner and how he is a free man, not a number. This is powerful, a great listen, nothing too special though, but it is worth it. "22 Acacia Avenue" is another great listen. Again, some key moments here and there, but this is not like a standout or anything.
"Number of the Beast", however, is a standout. This is actually the song that got me into Maiden. The intro to this is freakin creepy, and then a guitar follows Bruce as he tells a short story of what he saw in the night or something like that. I get a chill just listening to it. Then everything just explodes and the song literally beats the monkeys out of you. Its one of the heaviest on here and is great lyrically. Everything about it is great, and is very catchy. An awesome title track and is one of the best on here. "Run to the Hills" is a great sing along song. It starts off with Bruce singing about a Native American war with an amazing guitar riff following him. Then it all shifts gears and it gets into a great rhythm. This is a very powerful tune, the guitar riffs are great in the beginning, but then the drums and bass start to come in as they follow Bruce throughout the whole thing. This is a very popular Maiden tune as well, and a great song to sing along to, great tune no doubt, but not the best. "Gangland" and "Total Eclipse" both are great tunes, there really is nothing special to be explained here, as these two just kind of drift off. These two fall into the same category of "22 Acacia Avenue." Wahah!
The best song on the album has got to be "Hallowed Be Thy Name." This has everything you need in a Iron Maiden song, and is more catchy than any of other songs on here. The riffs and drums are incredible, and the vocals are awesome. It starts off with a gong and some guitars, with slow vocals from Bruce, creating a darkness type of feeling. Pay attention to Bruce in the background when it starts to speed up because its one of his finest moments. Then once it speeds up, it doesn't stop, and Bruce and Maiden are just all over the place. This is over seven minutes long, and about half of it is instrumental. It definitly is the best on the album though.
This is definitly a 5 star album. An awesome Iron Maiden disc, one of my favorites. They do have equally albums after they released this one, and no, I am not kidding when I say that. I'm sure you all have this one by now, and if you don't, go out and get it. Alot of memorable moments are on this one.
Bruce Dickinson: Vocals.
Dave Murray: Guitar.
Adrian Smith: Guitar.
Steve Harris: Bass.
Clive Burr: Drums.
2. Children of the Damned.
4. 22 Acacia Avenue.
5. The Number of the Beast.
6. Run to the Hills.
8. Total Eclipse.
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name.