Sound — 10
This is the lineup that Iron Maiden is remembered for, Bruce Dickinson hitting every single pitch humanly possible, Steve Harris on the Monster Bass, Adrian and Dave with the dual guitars, and Clive Burr on the drums, this is the formula for a timeless masterpiece and one of the landmark albums for heavy metal, rock, and all of music. No one had ever heard anything like this before. The genius behind it all, Steve Harris, the man who IS Iron Maiden, he has written some of the greatest songs of all time including their most famous track, Hallowed Be Thy Name, which is on the album, and sometimes considered the gretest song of heavy metal. Iron Maiden does a perfect job of maintaining harmony. They define harmony by themselves. They stretched the limits of Heavy metal and opened the doors for modern music. Their bass sets up the stage for maintaining harmony, and Steve Harris does a perfect job of this. Adrian Smith and Dave Murray worked with Steve to make outstanding riffs, and Clive Burr syncronized the drums to a near reflection with the bass, and Bruce's unique vocal style all factored into this album's sound, and is truely an album to own.
Lyrics — 10
Dudes, It's Bruce Dickinson. No one beats Bruce Dickinson. There, the singer skills are covered. 100/10. As for the lyrics, they reflect themes of all of life and particularly injustices in the world. "Run To the Hills" tells the story of Indians who had the land taken when the Europeans came, it's about fighting back, fight the power, man. Although, most people are only subconciously aware of this because their brains are already distorted from to much headbanging from the Album. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" expresses the band's view on the death penalty and is about a man who questions what he did in his life to deserve to be put to death, as he waits in his cell for 5 O'clock, when they take him to the gallows. This album's lyrics reflect the band's interest in history and philosophy, but mainly their views on how amazing Iron Maiden is.
Overall Impression — 10
You will crap yourself this album is so amazing. Some tracks to look at are: all of them. But the most impressive tracks on the album are: Run To The Hills, The Number Of The Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Invaders. Seriously, every track on this album is worthy being some of the greatest songs in heavy metal, you headbangers out there, or you newcomers to metal, if you don't already have it, get it.