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The Number Of The Beast [VINYL] Limited Edition
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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 ›
Now, in the classic words of stephen_armstrong_sa, whoever you are:
Track by track analysis? Why thank you.
(there, i gave you credit, so don't sue me)
Invaders: Strangely viewed as filler by a great deal as fans, but for me it's a classic play-me-loud brainless heavy metal tune. And that's no bad thing. 8/10
Children of the Damned: Brilliant riff throughout, and haunting lyrics from brucey. A tune brilliantly written and composed, stands out on the album. 8.5/10
The Prisoner: What other band could do a song based on an old show from the 60s and make it actually worth listening to? Probably quite a few bands, but maiden do it better. 9/10
22 Acacia Avenue: Another great song, even if it did kinda freak me out a bit at first. Packed with atmosphere and outstanding guitar work throughout. 8/10
Number of the Beast: Hooray! The famous title track doesnt fail to deliver. From the legendary words of the passage read at the start to the blistering solos (and everything in between), this is one of the best songs maiden ever wrote. 10/10
Run to the Hills: Another amazing song here. The simple but oh-so-effective riff at the start leaves other bands wondering why they didnt think of it first, and the pounding chorus is just amazing at max volume! Hilarious video, too. 10/10
Gangland: Well, after the last two songs, it would be nearly impossible to create something worthy of following after. Not to say this is a bad track, but it just seems a bit poor in comparison, that's all. 7.Read more ›
I fully regret having purchased this album. "Enhanced" is marketing garbage.
I hope you do decied to buy this album because if you like heavy metal you we like this.
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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You hear so many HM albums over the years in which the drums are merely a backing track for the riffs - and those albums are such a let down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Taylor
Brilliant album been after this for ages and the service was good as wellPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Worth buying just for the track Hallowed be thy name. Excellent Rock classic.Published 2 months ago by charliegirl
Coming into Number of the Beast, it almost seems like it is the second coming of Christ among the metal community hailed as one of the finest works of the Genre? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samuel