Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast

9.2 | 2780 votes |
Release date: 29 March 1982
Style: New wave of British heavy metal


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Disc I
01. Invaders
02. Children Of The Damned
03. The Prisoner
04. 22 Acacia Avenue
05. The Number Of The Beast
06. Run To The Hills
07. Gangland
08. Total Eclipse [1998 remastered bonus]
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name

Disc II [1995 remastered release]
01. Total Eclipse
02. Remember Tomorrow [live]

Top 20 albums of 1982: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 8

Paul Bruce Dickinson - vocals
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Adrian Frederick Smith - guitars
Clive Burr - drums
Stephen Percy Harris - bass

Additional info
Produced by Martin Birch.
Engineering by Martin Birch & Nigel Hewitt-Green.
Cover art & photography by Derek Riggs & Rod Smallwood.

''The Prisoner'' was inspired by the 1967 TV series of the same name. The spoken intro to the track is directly lifted from an episode intro.

"22 Acacia Avenue" was originally written by Adrian Smith and perfromed by his pre-Iron Maiden band Urchin.

Guest review by
At that time, Iron Maiden had already released two studio albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, which had made them known in the British metal scene. However, vocalist Paul Di Anno was fired from the group due to his uncontrolled alcoholic problems. Although this could have been proved a painful strike, Iron Maiden's golden era was about to start. Soon, vocalist Bruce Dickinson joined the group and in 1982 they released the historically important album The Number Of The Beast.

published 18.09.2003 | Comments (23)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis
The year is 1982, and metal is still a young and developing genre of music. The new wave of British heavy metal is beginning to take its toll on the American populace. We had already had a taste of Priest's British Steel and nine entire studio albums by Black Sabbath. Now it's Maiden's turn to hit the spotlight, and let me tell you, this release did it for them.

published 18.02.2010 | Comments (24)

Guest review by
omne metallum
Regularly vaunted as one of the best metal albums ever, The Number of The Beast stands tall in history. When you look at the album on closer inspection, it's a case of the classic songs being so strong they overshadow the weak points that come to the fore. Is it a bad album? Far from it, but is it one of their strongest releases? Probably not.

published 15.04.2020 | Comments (28)

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22.03.2020 - 12:58
Rating: 5
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by JoHn DoE on 22.03.2020 at 11:15

I wasn't talking about best songs on the album.
Also you give NOTB a 5, yet Virtual XI you gave a 6. Talk about cringe... Are you sure you don't wanna re-evaluate things a bit, or something?!

Are you talk about votes. I voted maybe when i was 22 and alcohol... So it dont counts
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22.03.2020 - 13:17
JoHn DoE
Written by Bad English on 22.03.2020 at 12:58

Are you talk about votes. I voted maybe when i was 22 and alcohol... So it dont counts

again, have you read what I said?
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02.07.2020 - 13:52
Rating: 9
01. Invaders - 9/10
02. Children Of The Damned - 9/10
03. The Prisoner - 9.5/10
04. 22 Acacia Avenue - 8/10
05. The Number Of The Beast - 10/10
06. Run To The Hills - 10/10
07. Gangland - 8/10
08. Hallowed Be Thy Name - 10/10

Overall: 9.2/10
Today - 00:50
Rating: 10
Very good album, the best of Iron Maiden.
"Whoever fights mosters
should see to it that
In the process he does not
become a monster
And when you look long into the abyss,
the abyss also looks into you."

-Frederik Wilhelm Nietzche

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