Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast


9.2 | 2804 votes |
Release date: 22 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

Line-up
Paul Bruce Dickinson - vocals
David Michael 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 performed by his pre-Iron Maiden band Urchin .

Guest review by
HS
Rating:
10
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.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (23)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis
Rating:
9.5
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.

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published 18.02.2010 | Comments (24)

Guest review by
omne metallum
Rating:
7.0
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.

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published 15.04.2020 | Comments (28)

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

What?
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?
RE-EVALUATE...
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17.01.2021 - 00:50
Rating: 10
JavierPaper

Very good album, the best of Iron Maiden.
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04.04.2021 - 14:23
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak

Obviously an aĺl time classic album, with many classic heavy metal songs like Run to the hills, Children of the Damned, Number of the beast and the underrated Hallowed be thy name, which is one of my favourite Maiden songs, Prisoner and 22 Arcadia Ave aren't bad either, but It's a shame this album was let down by Gangland and Invaders, which were average songs imo, otherwise it would of been a perfect 10.
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04.04.2021 - 14:39
Starvynth
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Written by AndyMetalFreak on 04.04.2021 at 14:23

... the underrated Hallowed be thy name ...

Are you very sure about "underrated"?
I always thought it was one of the two or three most popular and iconic Iron Maiden songs ever. It's that particular track I would play to visitors from outer space in order to demonstrate what heavy metal is all about.
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04.04.2021 - 14:46
JoHn DoE

I've never understood why some people dislike or find Invaders underwhelming. I always loved it.
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04.04.2021 - 15:35
Rating: 5
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by JoHn DoE on 04.04.2021 at 14:46

I've never understood why some people dislike or find Invaders underwhelming. I always loved it.

I like each song here, one of album album could be best here, as compilation.
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04.04.2021 - 16:36
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak

Written by Starvynth on 04.04.2021 at 14:39

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 04.04.2021 at 14:23

... the underrated Hallowed be thy name ...

Are you very sure about "underrated"?
I always thought it was one of the two or three most popular and iconic Iron Maiden songs ever. It's that particular track I would play to visitors from outer space in order to demonstrate what heavy metal is all about.
I suppose I see it as underrated because when I've spoken in the past to people about what their top Iron Maiden songs are, they always seem to mention Run to the Hills, The Trooper, Number of the beast, 2 minutes to midnight, and Fear of the dark, but for some reason Hallowed by thy name has often been missed out. I would say it would be one of my first choices, but to be fair they Maiden have done that many good songs.
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04.04.2021 - 17:28
nikarg
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Written by JoHn DoE on 04.04.2021 at 14:46

I've never understood why some people dislike or find Invaders underwhelming. I always loved it.

C'mon, the chorus is outright ridiculous.
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04.04.2021 - 17:37
JoHn DoE

Written by nikarg on 04.04.2021 at 17:28

Written by JoHn DoE on 04.04.2021 at 14:46

I've never understood why some people dislike or find Invaders underwhelming. I always loved it.

C'mon, the chorus is outright ridiculous.



ridiculous?! how?
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04.04.2021 - 17:40
nikarg
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Written by JoHn DoE on 04.04.2021 at 17:37


ridiculous?! how?

The music behind the chorus sounds like a sound clip from an Atari video game of that era
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04.04.2021 - 17:42
JoHn DoE

Written by nikarg on 04.04.2021 at 17:40

Written by JoHn DoE on 04.04.2021 at 17:37


ridiculous?! how?

The music behind the chorus sounds like a sound clip from an Atari video game of that era


well, I don't know what that is TBH, so...
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06.04.2021 - 02:09
Starvynth
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Written by Bad English on 04.04.2021 at 15:35

I like each song here, one of album album could be best here, as compilation.

Dude, you should really re-evaluate your ratings.
You look like a fool when you point out how much you like every song and then still keep the 5/10 rating.
"22 and alcohol" is a poor excuse, that was 14 years and 40,000 posts ago.
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07.04.2021 - 13:14
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak

Written by Starvynth on 06.04.2021 at 02:09

Written by Bad English on 04.04.2021 at 15:35

I like each song here, one of album album could be best here, as compilation.

Dude, you should really re-evaluate your ratings.
You look like a fool when you point out how much you like every song and then still keep the 5/10 rating.
"22 and alcohol" is a poor excuse, that was 14 years and 40,000 posts ago.


I thought the same, when I saw a 5 out of 10, changing the rating is quite easy to do, to my knowledge. It would also save really harsh criticism, unless he is genuinely happy with the rating of course.
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