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IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast (CD)


United Kingdom | Heavy/NWOBHM
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"The Number of the Beast" stands as the third studio album by the iconic English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Originally released on March 22, 1982, in the United Kingdom via EMI Records, and in the United States through Harvest and Capitol Records, this pivotal album marked a significant chapter in the band's history. Notably, it introduced vocalist Bruce Dickinson to the lineup, while also serving as the final studio album featuring drummer Clive Burr.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest heavy metal albums, "The Number of the Beast" marks the transformative birth of Iron Maiden, soaring to new heights with the addition of vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson's operatic prowess quickly established him as a metal icon, rivaling even Rob Halford. Topping charts in the U.K., the album solidified Iron Maiden as the purists' choice for unadulterated metal in a landscape where Judas Priest veered toward commercial territory.

This monumental release amplifies the aggressive tempos, twin-guitar interplay, and powerful vocals pioneered by Judas Priest, taking them to unprecedented levels of speed and intensity. The album's unwavering intensity, unmatched musical technique, and absence of forgettable tracks contributed to its timeless appeal. Steve Harris' ambitious songwriting explores epic themes drawn from history, science fiction, and horror, deviating from the street violence themes of the past.

Standout tracks include the anthemic "Run to the Hills," depicting the conquest of Native Americans with Maiden's signature galloping rhythm. The title track, characterized by an odd-meter time signature, features Dickinson's blood-curdling scream and provocative lyrics that fueled accusations of Satan worship. "Hallowed Be Thy Name," an extended epic, narrates the tale of a condemned prisoner, showcasing Harris' philosophical lyrics and Dickinson's impassioned performance.

While "The Number of the Beast" includes moments of varying strength, the album as a whole is a pinnacle achievement in heavy metal, achieving a rare balance between accessible melodicism and challenging intensity. Iron Maiden struck gold with this release, securing its position among the top five most essential heavy metal albums ever recorded, serving as a cornerstone of the genre.


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