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The Number Of The Beast [VINYL] Limited Edition
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LP heavyweight vinyl picture disc repacked into deluxe gatefold sleeve.
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`Invaders' blasts off at high speed with a dual drum and guitar attack before the new vocalist shows off his impressive lungs. Dickinson here shows a similarly pitched voice to Priest's Halford, but has a purer sound rather than the Priest frontman's shrieks. We notice immediately that the production values are higher, everything is cleaner, and there is a definite sense of newborn energy. Dickinson sings of war, battle, and Invaders attacking- nothing difficult but cementing a metal staple and doing it in style.
`Children Of The Damned' I always feel calms things down too quickly- after such a fast opener I expect a fast second song but this takes things down to a much calmer pace. Lyrically based on the book and film of the same name this sounds more like a Sabbath or slower 70's rock piece. This gives Brucie a chance to show off his vocals in a more unrestrained way as he doesn't have to compete with an insane beat.Read more ›
The production on the album has a lot more polish to it than the previous records, but it is a lot more uneven from a song writing point of view, mixing moments of brilliance with some sections that feel a bit rushed. The albums opener, Invaders is a good example of this. Here you have some really great riffs let down by a poor chorus and uneven verses. Bruce Dickinson does his best with the pacing but the lines seem to be a little too long for the song structure. Even so, it demonstrates Dickinson's ability to push the vocal lines into workable shape. The chorus for this song is a letdown too - it just doesn't fit over the music and feels tacked on. The later track Ganglands suffers from the same problem and they are both definitely the weakest songs on the album.
Children of the Damned, The Prisoner and 22 Acacia Avenue are all solid numbers that bring the standard back up. The first was influenced by both the films Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned; and also by the Black Sabbath song Children of the Sea.Read more ›
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Definitely the best album by Iron Maiden. I am no super fan, and although I have been listening to rock music and heavy metal for 26 years, I had never previously bought any Maiden... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jan