Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz] RE-UP

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Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz] RE-UP

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 40:22 minutes | 945 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Number of the Beast is the third studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in March 1982. It saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson, and the final appearance of drummer Clive Burr. The Number of the Beast met with considerable critical and commercial success and was a landmark release for the band, becoming their first album to reach No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.

Routinely ranked among the greatest heavy metal albums of all time, The Number of the Beast is the birth of Iron Maiden as we know it, a relentless metal machine lifted to soaring new heights by the arrival of erstwhile Samson frontman Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson's operatic performance here made him an instant metal icon, challenging even Rob Halford for bragging rights, and helped launch the band into the stratosphere. The Number of the Beast topped the charts in the U.K., but even more crucially – with Judas Priest having moved into more commercial territory – it also made Iron Maiden the band of choice for purists who wanted their metal uncompromised. Maiden took the basic blueprint Priest had created in the late '70s – aggressive tempos, twin-guitar interplay, wide-ranging power vocals – and cranked everything up faster and louder. The album's intensity never lets up, the musical technique is peerless for its time, and there isn't a truly unmemorable song in the bunch. Blessed with a singer who could drive home a melody in grandiose fashion, Steve Harris' writing gets more ambitious, largely abandoning the street violence of old in favor of fittingly epic themes drawn from history, science fiction, and horror. The exceptions are "22 Acacia Avenue," a sequel to "Charlotte the Harlot" that sounds written for Di'Anno's range, and the street-crime tale "Gangland," which Harris didn't write; though the punk influences largely left with Di'Anno, these two definitely recall the Maiden of old. As for the new, two of the band's (and, for that matter, heavy metal's) all-time signature songs are here. The anthemic "Run to the Hills" dramatized the conquest of the Native Americans and became the band's first Top Ten U.K. single. It features Maiden's trademark galloping rhythm, which in this case serves to underscore the images of warriors on horseback. Meanwhile, the title track's odd-meter time signature keeps the listener just slightly off balance and unsettled, leading into the most blood-curdling Dickinson scream on record; the lyrics, based on nothing more than Harris' nightmare after watching a horror movie, naturally provoked hysterical accusations of Satan worship (which, in turn, naturally provoked sales). "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is perhaps the most celebrated of the band's extended epics; it's the tale of a prisoner about to be hanged, featuring some of Harris' most philosophical lyrics. It opens with a superbly doomy atmosphere before giving way to a succession of memorable instrumental lines and an impassioned performance by Dickinson; despite all the tempo changes, the transitions never feel jarring. Elsewhere, "The Prisoner" is a catchy retelling of the hit British TV series, and "Children of the Damned" is a slower, heavier number patterned after the downtempo moments of Dio-era Black Sabbath…

Tracklist:

01 - Invaders
02 - Children Of The Damned
03 - The Prisoner
04 - 22 Acacia Avenue
05 - The Number Of The Beast
06 - Run to the Hills
07 - Gangland
08 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Analyzed: Iron Maiden / The Number Of The Beast
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR6 -1.35 dB -8.62 dB 3:23 01-Invaders
DR7 -1.35 dB -9.69 dB 4:35 02-Children Of The Damned
DR6 -1.35 dB -8.86 dB 6:03 03-The Prisoner
DR6 -1.35 dB -8.47 dB 6:37 04-22 Acacia Avenue
DR6 -1.35 dB -9.12 dB 4:51 05-The Number Of The Beast
DR6 -1.35 dB -8.53 dB 3:53 06-Run to the Hills
DR6 -1.35 dB -8.17 dB 3:49 07-Gangland
DR6 -1.35 dB -8.94 dB 7:11 08-Hallowed Be Thy Name
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR6

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3074 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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