Sound — 9
This is the quintessential Iron Maiden Album. It is the first CD with Bruce Dickenson as the second vocalist. As most of the other cds, it has it's own unique sound. The CD includes Run to the Hills, The Number of the Beast, The Prisoner, and Hallowed By the Name. It is Clive Burs last CD drumming for Maiden and he plays his best showing in Gangland. It is also the first album to not to include an instrumental. The first track, Invaders, starts out hard and keeps it up. They keep the intensity through Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, and Gangland. They slow down the pace with the last two tracks: Hallowed by the Name and Total Eclipse.
Lyrics — 8
Number of the Beast is a little darker than the surrounding cds. Invaders deals with preparing for a Saxon and Viking battle. The Prisoner is a man who was formerly a slave and escapes and is living on the run and vows to take revenge. Number of the Beast is a story of a man who stumbles upon a Satanic ritual in the woods. His first reaction is to tell the law, but then he is pulled in and decides to become one of them. But better. Run to the Hills is a two sided song. The intro deals with white settlers coming in and destroying the Native Americans society and cultural. The verses deals with the white settlers story about mistreating the Indians and murdering them. Hallowed by the Name is a man reflecting on his life before he is hung in the Gallows tomorrow. Gang land a terrible city filled with gangs where no one is safe. The over all lyrics seem to have the common theme of life altering situations. Possibly taking place in the past.
Overall Impression — 9
It is the Album that skyrocketed Iron Maiden into the spot light. Most of it was not good though. Bruce Dickenson strongly makes a statement exclaiming he is new singer and makes sure everyone knows it. Almost every song has an amazing guitar solo, sometime including the famous Maiden harmonies that they're known for. It is more intense than Iron Maiden and Killers. If you enjoy Maiden, this album is a must.