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Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast



9.2 | 2818 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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08.07.2012 - 17:49
Illog1cal
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Written by JÄY on 08.07.2012 at 07:35

Written by Guest on 07.07.2012 at 23:16

This is overrated for sure. I would not give it any higher than 8.5 because there are a few weaker songs: Invaders 7/10, The Prisoner 7.4/10, Gangland 6.6/10 and Children of the Damned is a little bit weak in terms of the instruments. For an album to surpass 9 the WHOLE album needs to be strong, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is an example of that.

I agree except The Prisoner is classic in my eyes


Yes, actually now that I listened to that song again I think I was probably being too harsh. Its a great song, nothing spectacular though.
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16.07.2012 - 18:07
Rating: 8
infernaldeath87

Great album, but Powerslave is just better imo!
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02.10.2012 - 02:53
LordHypnos
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Too overrated. The only tracks I liked are Total Eclipse, Children Of The Damned and 22 Acacia Avenue. (Hallowed Be Thy Name and Gangland completely boring).
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09.11.2012 - 23:09
megadeath13
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Heavy Metal perfection, what else to say?
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12.11.2012 - 19:40
Rating: 10
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
Written by Nemo Atkins on 16.01.2012 at 08:44

Why "The Prisoner" isn't on the touring setlists is something I can't fathom, as I find it one of the strongest tracks.


I actually just saw them play that song live over the summer for the Maiden England Tour. It was awesome.
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12.11.2012 - 21:30
Rating: 10
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
This album is fucking classic. I honestly don't know what would have happened to metal music had this album not been released. Every song is killer (no pun intended).
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24.11.2012 - 22:50
ThunderAxe1989
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Probably Iron Maiden's alltime best work! I love it.
....Why do I feel like a tool for saying that? hmm
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25.11.2012 - 00:22
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Guest on 24.11.2012 at 22:50

Probably Iron Maiden's alltime best work! I love it.
....Why do I feel like a tool for saying that? hmm


Don't know but you'd sound more like a tool if you said the album was cr&p.
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25.11.2012 - 10:33
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
The album is good but not great. I never understood the classic status people have put on it. Both Killers and the self-titled debut are stronger albums all round.

Three great songs do not a classic album make
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13.12.2012 - 20:29
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.11.2012 at 10:33

The album is good but not great. I never understood the classic status people have put on it. Both Killers and the self-titled debut are stronger albums all round.

Three great songs do not a classic album make


I have a similar opinion. I think musically it's pretty good, but something about Bruce's voice has always bothered me. He always seems to be slightly off-key, and it always finds a way to nag at me in the back of my mind, no matter how much I like the music. I guess I've just always preferred Di'Anno's voice to Dickinson's.
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17.12.2012 - 10:14
Rating: 10
m3ta1he4d

This album contains one of my favorite Iron Maiden song - Hallowed Be Thy Name
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30.12.2012 - 23:35
bmach210

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ALBUMS PERIOD...WHIE ALBUM, BLACK SABBATH, Where would any of this Be (ALL genres) without this Album? Top 5 all time...my opinion!
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31.12.2012 - 00:05
thundercunt
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Playa whatchu talkin bout, they album was already out befo dis one
less you doin that thang them cats call trollin, i ain takin you serious
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15.01.2013 - 21:07
Rating: 7
Kocha

If it wasn't for Hallowed Be Thy Name, this would be quite an average album. I always thought that Run to the hills and The number of the beast are weak songs. Actually, I never could understand the hype about many Iron Maiden songs.
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16.01.2013 - 04:42
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Kocha on 15.01.2013 at 21:07

If it wasn't for Hallowed Be Thy Name, this would be quite an average album. I always thought that Run to the hills and The number of the beast are weak songs. Actually, I never could understand the hype about many Iron Maiden songs.

Are you a fan of NWOBHM or trad heavy metal?
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16.01.2013 - 11:53
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by JÄY on 16.01.2013 at 04:42

Written by Kocha on 15.01.2013 at 21:07

If it wasn't for Hallowed Be Thy Name, this would be quite an average album. I always thought that Run to the hills and The number of the beast are weak songs. Actually, I never could understand the hype about many Iron Maiden songs.

Are you a fan of NWOBHM or trad heavy metal?



I am and I agree to a certain extent with the guy you quoted. Especially the part where he says it's quite an average album. Average I wouldn't call it, just normal good, but not the great work of art it is made out to be.
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16.01.2013 - 15:26
Rating: 7
Kocha

Written by JÄY on 16.01.2013 at 04:42

Written by Kocha on 15.01.2013 at 21:07

If it wasn't for Hallowed Be Thy Name, this would be quite an average album. I always thought that Run to the hills and The number of the beast are weak songs. Actually, I never could understand the hype about many Iron Maiden songs.

Are you a fan of NWOBHM or trad heavy metal?

Lets just say that I prefer Black Sabbath to Iron Maiden. Apart from few albums, NWOBHM is not my thing.
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16.01.2013 - 20:38
Rating: 10
Azarath
Free as a.. Fish
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is my favourite Iron Maiden album, but this is a close second. "Invaders" is a great album opener and the fact that all of Maiden's 80's albums with Dickinson have better openers speaks volumes about their quality, not "Invaders'" lack of it. "Gangland" is the weakest song on here (and should have been relegated to B-side status instead of the superior "Total Eclipse"), but Burr keeps it rolling along nicely. Sure, the title track and "Run to the Hills" are overplayed, but they're both Maiden classics. The rest of the songs are all excellent. "22 Acacia Avenue" is a personal favourite, containing several parts, riffs and solos, all building to a stunning climax.

Oh, and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is on this album as well. Quite a popular tune that.
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16.01.2013 - 21:35
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.01.2013 at 11:53

I wouldn't call it, just normal good, but not the great work of art it is made out to be.


We know.
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22.02.2013 - 00:01
Rating: 5
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Angelic Storm on 12.01.2011 at 07:18

Like all of Maiden's 80's albums with Bruce, I dont find this album overrated at all. The opening track "Invaders" is actually one of the most underrated songs in Maiden's whole catalogue, and gets the album off to a great start! "Total Eclipse" should have been on the album when it was originally released, so it was nice to see it be added to the album proper on the re-release. xD


IMO only one song here is overated, ok also Run to teh hills, I like still it but others are much much more..... in those days this album wasnt overated att all, nowdays well hard to say, its more IM like band.
Still good album, maybe best lyrivs in NWOBHM history , Invaders, 22 Arcacia Avenue, and HALLOWED By Thy name is best song from album... you can heer diference, Bruce and Pau, its damn powerful killer album. 1th album abd you can see Bruca and IM together has future , rest is history
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22.02.2013 - 01:18
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
So good "powerful killer" albums with best NWOBHM lyrics ever are now rated "5" by you?
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22.02.2013 - 01:19
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums are rated "5" by you?


typical K7 non-logic there for you
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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22.02.2013 - 01:23
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.02.2013 at 01:19

Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums are rated "5" by you?


typical K7 non-logic there for you


well, yea...i kinda wonder why i wonder...
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22.02.2013 - 16:39
theFIST

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.02.2013 at 01:19

Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums are rated "5" by you?


typical K7 non-logic there for you

maybe for him the site should be reprogrammed with the overcomplex dropdown menu connected to the rate button being replaced by a random number generator

hey, that might be an idea for the aprils fools joke this year
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Written by Warman on 07.11.2007 at 22:39
Haha, that's like saying "compose your own Metal album and upload it here, instead of writing a review of an album". :lol:
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09.03.2013 - 04:29
Rating: 10
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
Picking up an original CD pressing of this album and revisiting it again has reminded me how much I love this so much. I thought Brave New World was my favorite before, but I think this will take the number one spot when it comes to favorite Maiden albums. Absolutely classic in every sense of the word.
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Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
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01.04.2013 - 13:20
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums with best NWOBHM lyrics ever are now rated "5" by you?

And albums with one horrible song, a few bad songs, and a few okay songs--like No Prayer for the Dying--are rated 10. It's actually kinda hilarious when you think about it.
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29.04.2013 - 09:10
Lião
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Not a 100 percent masterpiece, but damn closer.
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18.05.2013 - 13:50
Rating: 10
syfllhylmz

Masterpiece
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24.09.2013 - 22:20
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Reality03 on 24.09.2013 at 22:04

Hmm, dont know why, but i always found the first two albums being superiour to this one. Its a very good album, dont deny that fact, but not each song impresses me that much.


you're not the only one

plus a couple of great tracks do not a classic make in my book
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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01.11.2013 - 08:56
Rating: 9
bugsterscrow

I like invaders and children of the damned.....
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