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Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by no country for old wainds, Mar 20, 2017.
The Number of the Beast definitely doesn't belong in the same tier as Powerslave and Piece of Mind!
It's close enough, far closer to those other two than riff-lite mediocrity like SS of ASS.
This belongs in the controversial opinion thread but I've thought for a long time that Hallowed Be Thy Name is kind of a shit song. I mean you have these amazing atmospheric first two minutes or whatever but then it just goes into this endless sequence of upbeat riffs that don't gel with the mood of the song at all. That's some Dream Theater-tier songwriting.
It definitely does. It's just hip to not praise it.
Don't agree with that at all. I mean I could get saying it's overrated relative to other songs maybe but it doesn't feel remotely happy to me, just very tense and dramatic. I will say however that on a recent listen after a multi-year break from the album, there were parts of the vocal pattern that I swear sound made for some kind of reggae/dub rhythm though.
Number of the Beast is Iron Maiden's best album, and certainly most consistent.
Well I disagree. I think it's a hugely overrated album and I've never understood its status as Iron Maiden's most classic album. Definitely the weakest of the first 5.
Number of the Beast > Piece of Mind = Powerslave > Iron Maiden ≥ Killers
Number of the Beast is actually the least consistent album of classic Maiden.
Powerslave is the most consistent. By far.
Nope. It's easily the least consistent. Beginning slays, the middle drags, the last two songs are absurdly epic.
have we spent enough time arguing about a shitty album from an average band? fack
The middle drags? Are you serious?
You mean to tell me that Losfer Words, Flash of the Blade, The Duelists and Back in the Village are worse tracks than The Prisoner, Gangland, Number of the Beast, Children of the Damned and Invaders? Yeah, no thanks.
I don't know how you can say Powerslave is the least consistent when Number of the Beast is almost all filler with the exception of three excellent tracks.
Absolute insanity in this thread!
"Back in the Village" is probably the only low point on Powerslave. Number of the Beast is fucking flawless.
Invaders, Gangland or Total Eclipse are the definition of flawless album tracks to you?
I also don't think highly of Losfer Words. Prob worst track on Powerslave.
Every song you mentioned right there is flawless (figuratively, of course). I don't think "Total Eclipse" was on the original release though. I think it was on the b-side of a single off the album.
Yup. Back in the Village is a chore. The others are adequate, but don't live up to repeat listens.
Gangland and Invaders are decent, not great. Every other song on NotB is a 10/10.
Objectively correct ranking of the "fillers" of classic Bruce-Maiden:
Flash of the Blade (an unrecognized all-time best)
Back in the Village (~9.5/10 tier ends)
Sun & Steel
Quest for Fire (9/10 tier ends)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Total Eclipse (8/10 tier ends)
Heaven Can Wait (7/10 tier ends)
Only the Good Die Young (5/10)
People need to stop making a big deal out of their fillers, Maiden's fillers during their peak were still at least very good/great.
The Prisoner, Number of the Beast, and Children of the Damned were not included on the ranking because of how seriously fucked in the head you have to be to regard any of those as fillers.