Album Reviews of the 80s

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Iron Maiden, "Number of the Beast" / 1982 (81?) Review by: Vincent Frank
Although arguably not Iron Maiden's *best* album (I reserve that distinction for Seventh Son of a Seventh Son), Number of the Beast was truly the record that started it all. Sure, it was their third LP, but it was their first with Bruce "Air Raid Siren" Dickinson on lead vocals. Add to that the trademark "gallopping" basslines, wailing guitars, and literate lyrics, this album is a metal masterpiece. Although the title track is a classic, the real centerpiece is "Run To the Hills," a song about the pillaging of the American Indians. The closing track, "Hallowed Be Thy Name," is a concert favorite, and ends the this lengendary album on a high note. Little did we know, this was only the beginning for this highly influencial band....

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