Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Country: Canadian issue
Record: VG+ VG++, few very light scuffs (listen to our copy)
Cover: VG+ VG++, spinewear, ringwear, cornerwear
Invaders – 3:23
Children of the Damned – 4:34
The Prisoner – 6:02
22 Acacia Avenue – 6:36
The Number of the Beast – 4:50
Run to the Hills – 3:52
Gangland – 3:47
Hallowed Be Thy Name – 7:10
1982 marked a great year for the music industry—Iron Maiden second record, The Number of the Beast, was released chiseling the band into pop culture as the devil-worshiping band making young kids dress in dark clothes and become depressed (in the words of different censorship societies directed by Tipper Gore). It was the year after their self-titled record came out with a different singer under the helm. When he left and the band found Bruce Dickinson—well, the rest is history.
While metal-heads I know are more dedicated to Disturbed and Slipknot now and forgetting timeless other metal bands like Slayer, Manowar, and Iron Maiden (which all have much different sounds, mind you), more people should be into Iron Maiden because they were perhaps one of the most talented bands to ever grace the stage.
The Number of the Beast (666, taken from the bible) is the essential album to have if you’re a Maiden head because it has their finest songs like The Number of the Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name. Even if you’re not into the hair metal sensation you will be after hearing this remarkably influential record.
The first song, Invaders, is just mere filler and I usually skip it mostly because it doesn’t have the intensity that other songs on the 8-song record have. Children of the Damned, however, which follows Invaders is possibly one of the best songs that have ever been exposed to my ears. I just love how it starts out slow during the verses and then reverts to heavy power licks during the chorus before going back to the same formula and then finishing with mighty solos (including one of the best guitar licks I have ever heard).
The Prisoner is a rad track. It opens with a sound-bite before going into one of the coolest drum patterns on the face of the planet while the guitar comes in every know and then. Bruce Dickinson’s voice is cocky and he really wails on this song. Plus, I love the chorus of “I’m not a prisoner, I’m a free man, And my blood is my own now” The song kicks and echoes my own personal feelings.
If you haven’t heard The Number of the Beast then you have never heard a good rock song in your whole life. Probably one of their most well-marketed and well-known songs, The Number of the Beast will have you on your feet chanting the famous chorus. The guitar patterns in this song as well as Steve Harris’s great bass lines (and lyrics) make the song very good along with Dickinson’s dark voice.
Run To The Hills is a personal favorite of mine that I play at the loudest volume I can (when I get the chance). The song is so good because it’s all about how the white man came to America and drove out the Native Americans (not “Indians”). The song just makes me angry every time I listen to it because of the lyrics. The drums by Clive Burr are some of the best ever to grace my ears. They lead the song along with Harris’s choppy bass maneuvers. The chant of “Run to the hills, run for your lives” is one of the best choruses ever made and you will be yelling it out by the end of the song.
Number 7 is Gangland, which is a song that kicks a ton of butt, but isn’t quite recognized by my friends, who like Fear of the Dark better (what bastards). The song is underappreciated. The song kicks booty. The opening drum pattern builds energy and momentum while the guitar just tackles you with power chord after power chord. The song is a song that will definitely get you mad. Perfect music for a heated motocross race or video game spree—whatever your choice.
Lastly, I need to discuss the best song on the record and possibly the best song the band has ever made up. One that I can listen to over and over again and never get tired of it. Of course, this song is Hallowed Be Thy Name. This epic seven minute monster is possibly one of the coolest metal songs ever. It starts out slow with a bell chiming and Bruce Dickinson singing about waiting in the gallows to soon be killed in a public fashion. The song is about life and death and despite how kicking it is, the lyrics are beautiful in a way. After it’s slow for about a minute, the looping guitar lines come in and you quickly become entertained by how great it is. The guitar and bass match each other perfectly and the drums are doing their own thing. Words cannot even possibly explain to you how good this song is. It doesn’t have a single dull moment. The song is about not caring what you did in your life and how you shouldn’t be afraid to die. I can’t stress enough how wonderful the guitar is in this song. Err…listen to it—it’s one of the biggest reasons to own this record.
Unless you haven’t read the review or I’m not a good writer, you should know why you should purchase The Number of the Beast. While Piece of Mind and Powerslave are also great LPs, this one is a classic that you can listen to many a times and never get bored with it. It is damn good. I wish I could buy it for everyone.
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills (Rock in Rio)
Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)
Hammersmith Performance 1982.