Sound — 9
The Number Of The Beast was Iron Maiden's first album with their new singer Bruce Dickenson and is also the album responsiable for boosting Iron Maiden into one of the premier acts of heahve metal at the time of its release. It has been hailed as one of the most influenical of the genre even though it was panned by critics at the time of its release. The album is dominated by heavy yet melodic guitar riffs and hi-speed guitar soloes by guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Bassist Steve Harris also showcases his talent by adding in little bass fills whenever he gets his chance. Although the bulk of the album is distorted faced paced guitar riffs, the song "Children Of The Damned" features some beautiful clean guitar work. This album features some of the most well known Iron Maiden songs like, "The Number Of The Beast" and "Run To The Hills'.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics were inspired from a range of ways including, a nightmare "The Number Of The Beast" a television show "The Priosonner" and history "Run To The Hills." While lyrics may not be ground-breaking, they fit the songs very well, and are delivered magnificently by, then new vocalist, Bruce Dickenson. Bruce is a classically trained vocalist and sings in falsetto style vocals. Wich harmonizes with the melodic guitar in songs like "Run To The Hills". The best vocals proformances are on the tracks "The Number Of The Beast" and "Children Of The Damned".
Overall Impression — 9
The Number Of The Beast was a landmark album for Iron Maiden. Songs like "Run To The Hills" and "The Prisonner" showcase so much energy, that would make the band famus for it's live shows. The Most impressive songs(which I've probably mentioned a few times by now) are "Children Of The Damned", "The Prisonner", "The Number Of The Beast" and "Run To The Hills". What I love most about this album are the guitar harmonies and high pitched vocals which also happens makes Iron Maiden's work very similar to power metal. This is considered one of the most influencial albums of all time and is a great way to get started on one of the best heavy metal acts of all time.