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Number-of-the-beast-album-coverBack in September of 2018, we started a journey covering all the albums that were listed on Loudwire’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list. Before we started, we had already covered 14 albums which meant there were 36 albums to discover and explore and now we are down to two. By 1982, Iron Maiden was already a pretty established band having already released two albums (Self Titled & Killers), but the band had just released their singer and now were embarking on a new journey with a new lead singer who would sweep the metal world off it’s feet. Bruce Dickinson was the new lead singer of Iron Maiden and he was joined by Steve Harris (Bass), Dave Murray (Guitars), Adrian Smith (Guitars), and for the very last time Clive Burr (Drums). On March 22, 1982, the band would release their epic third album The Number Of The Beast and it was a huge success for the band as it established Bruce as the leading frontman of Heavy Metal. The album was such a success that it was the first Iron Maiden record to go number one in the UK and it peaked at 33 in the US Billboard Top 200 Charts as it went platinum selling over 1 million copies.

number-of-the-beast-album-cover-back1. Invaders– Burr and Harris kick off the track before the band kicks into overdrive for the opening track that is all about the Viking’s Norman conquest of 1066. Harris believes that the band could have chosen a better track than this for the album. 4.5/5

2. Children Of The Damned-a very melodic intro and pretty mellow track that Dickinson has admitted was based off of Black Sabbath’s Children Of The Sea track. The lyrics were based on the films Village Of The Damned and Children Of The Damned. 5/5

3. The Prisoner-a cool track that is based off of the television series of the same name and even features an audio clip from the show that the manager of Maiden Ron Smallwood said he had to call Patrick McGoohan just to get permission to use it to which McGoohan agreed. 4.5/5

4. 22 Acacia Avenue– This is the second track in the Charlotte The Harlot saga and how she shouldn’t continue her life of prostitution because of the things that could happen to her if she continues. 5/5

the-number-of-the-beast-ltd-1a-600x6005. The Number Of The Beast– The most famous title track and a live staple for many years in this track that was inspired by a bad dream that Harris had after watching Damien: The Omen II and he has also stated that the track was also inspired by Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Burns. The spoken word in the beginning of the track was from The Book Of Revelations and was read by Barry Clayton because the band refused to pay Vincent Price asking price of £25,000. 5/5

6. Run To The Hills– This is probably the most famous and overplayed Iron Maiden track of all time in this track that is all about European white males who started invading the land that would later be known as the United States of America and what they did to Native Americans. 5/5

7. Gangland– This is probably the weakest track on the whole album and it’s even agreed by Steve Harris who said the choice was made in a rush in this track that I believe is about a man who leaves the gang life behind, but it never really leaves him as it haunts him. 4/5

8. Hallowed Be Thy Name– One of the most legendary tracks in all of Iron Maiden’s catalog as it is the most covered Maiden track. The track is about a prisoner who is about to be hanged. There is a little bit of controversy surrounding the track as the band was sued for songwriting credits. For more info on that, just click here. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is not my favorite Iron Maiden record ever, but it is definitely up there. It’s that album to Maiden that Back In Black was to AC/DC or Blizzard Of Ozz was for Ozzy, it’s just the standard. A track to avoid on here is definitely Gangland while the rest of the album is more than listenable so rock out with your… well you know what I am saying. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five.

We have all looked at some of the most iconic metal albums and just sat there an wondered what was going on for hours on end. We would sometimes make up stories to go along with the artwork on the album covers because some of them are that iconic. Well, now you don’t have to wonder for any longer or you can for just a little longer as Flicker user Harvezt presents to us the dark side of the covers. It’s a look at the other side of the covers like what is Eddie in the Iron Maiden album Killers looking at or what is on the other side of the Abbey Road cover? Check them out below and click on his name for other covers.

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full devil jacket frontFull Devil Jacket is a name that may not be familiar to some, but that may be due to the fact that the band hadn’t been active for 12 years. Their only album which was self titled was released back in 2000 and featured amazing songs like Now You Know and Where Did You Go? The band was on top of the world back in the day touring with the likes of Slipknot, Sevendust, and so many more until their singer Josh Brown overdosed and almost died. He had to go on a personal journey which saw him win a dove award, but now he has resurrected the band from the ashes like a rock and roll Phoenix. The band which is now made up of Josh Brown (Vocals), Keith Foster (Drums), Moose Douglass (Bass), and Paul Varnick (Guitars) are back with a powerful new album called Valley Of Bones which was produced by Justin Rimer (12 Stones) and is due out March 31, 2015 via eOne Music. The album kicks off with the supercharged/groove laden opener Killers and the band sounds better than ever almost like they never lost a step. Valley Of Bones is a high energy scorcher that is one of the most kick ass tunes on the record. 7X Down explodes out of your speaker as the band lays down the grooves that will have you headbanging while The Moment slows the tempo down, but Josh Browns vocals are incredible on this track.

full devil jacket cd backWe Got The Love turns the tempo back up with a kick ass bass line and a hard rockin chorus that’ll have you singing along. What If I Say is an amazing song with some orchestral arrangements behind it to add some layers while Blood Of The Innocent is a berzerker of a track that pummels anything it’s path. Picturebox Voodoo represents everything that was great about Nu-Metal while paper Crown shows a lighter side of the band. August closes out the album and it’s epic in sound as Josh Brown pours his heart and soul into the track. Even though the band hasn’t been around for 12 years, it seems like they never lost their touch and I would go as far as saying that this may be their best album yet. There’s no sophomore jinx for this band and with that said, I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade. Check out the album when it’s released and check out the guys on the road as they tour with Drowning Pool and Adrenaline Mob. Tour dates are below:
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3/12/2015 Daytona Beach, FL Main Street Station
3/13/2015 Melbourne, FL County Line Saloon
3/14/2015 Jacksonville, FL Beach Blvd Concert Hall
3/17/2015 Clarkesville, TN The Warehouse Bar and Grill
3/19/2015 Baltimore, MD Fishhead Cantina
3/20/2015 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
3/21/2015 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
3/22/2015 Beckley, WV Muncheez
3/24/2015 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
3/25/2105 Kent, Oh The Outpost
3/26/2015 Fredericksburg, VA Hard Times Cafe
3/27/2105 Lancaster, OH Mickey’s Bar & Grill
3/28/2015 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
3/31/2015 Racine, WI Rt 20 Outhouse
4/1/2015 La Porte, IN Johnny’s Roadhouse
4/2/2015 St Louis, MO The Mad Magician
4/3/2015 Dallas, TX Trees
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MetalMagicFrontSuperHighResSince I have known that there was a version of Pantera before the Pantera we all grew to love, I wanted to cover their early material for the blog. Before Phil Anselmo joined the band, Pantera was sort of a glam rock/hard rock band that sounded like a mixture of Kiss and Van Halen. Since it’s Dimebag Darrell week here on Moshpits and Movies, I have decided to cover the band’s first release which was called Metal Magic and the album was produced by the band’s father Jerry Abbott. At the time, Terry Glaze was the lead singer and Dimebag went by the name Diamond Darrell (Guitar), Rex Brown was Rex Rocker (Bass), and Vinnie Paul was just Vinnie Paul (Drums). The album was released on June 10, 1983 through the band’s own label which was called Metal Magic Records and you have to love that album cover (as seen above).

1. Ride My Rocket– The track definitely has that Kiss feel to it as the beat is very similar to Detroit Rock City with the Shout At The Devil like intro introducing the band. The guitar solo from Dime is pretty sick, it’s definitely a highlight. 4/5

2. I’ll Be Alright– The song has a harder edge to it than the last track all due to Dime’s guitar playing, but they keep that hard rock edge to it reminding me of Killers era Iron Maiden. But once again the guitar solo is where it’s at and Terry Glaze has a Paul D’Ianno vocal style in this track. 4/5

3. Tell Me If You Want It– This song starts off good, but then it has a real cheesy keyboard piece in it. The song isn’t bad, but you gotta love the whispering of Tell Me If You Want It after Terry Glaze sings that line. 3/5

4. Latest Lover– Another hard rock song that you feel you’ve heard in one of those 80’s teen movies like Summer School, etc. It has some resemblance to Montrose, Y&T, and other hard rock like that. 3/5

5. Biggest Part Of Me– Opens up with some keyboards in a pre-ballad styled song. It’s not that bad cause it fits the times. It sounds like something Hurricane ripped off, but Dime’s solo is actually ripping in this track.  3.5/5

Pantera - Metal Magic - Back6. Metal Magic– The title track ripped off the intro to The Cars Moving In Stereo with the sound effects, but it has that Kiss hard rock feel to it when the music starts. The band absolutely rips on this track as Dime’s playing will melt your face and it’s a definite improvement from the last two tracks. 4/5

7. Widowmaker– This song kicks off with some awesome kick drum beat followed with some ripping guitars, but this is 80’s cheesiness written all over it that I absolutely love it. 4/5

8. Nothin’ On (But The Radio)– Wow I didn’t think it could get any cheesier than the opening bass line, but the guitar riff and solo sort of makes up for the rest of it. 3/5

9. Sad Lover– You would think this was going to be a ballad just from the title, but this song is groovin and it kicks ass. It’s kind of in your face and raunchy with the riff and Terry’s vocals. 4/5

10. Rock Out– This is the last song on the record and it’s Dime at his absolute best at the age of 17 with some squealing riffs with the awesome bass line. The song’s chorus has a Motorhead feel to it which is really cool when they band goes nuts rocking out. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s amazing to hear that Dimebag Darrell was only 17 years old when he recorded this album and what formula did they have to follow at the time. Motley Crue and co. were just releasing their most famous albums by 1983 and these guys absolutely ripped. I can however understand why they never made it as a glam/hard rock band. I definitely think Terry Glaze wasn’t bad as a vocalist, but his voice wasn’t over the top enough for the time especially if he wanted to compete with who was out there. The best was yet to come from Dimebag darrell, but this was a great first start for him. It’s a decent record that if you love 80’s metal then you might enjoy this one. I am giving it 3.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

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I decided to do this album for a reason besides the fact that it’s one of the most iconic releases Metallica has and besides the fact that it was the first. On July 25, 2013, Kill Em All by Metallica turns 30 years old and I am here to celebrate. It’s probably one of the most contrversial and legendary of the albums for the stories behind it. Metallica’s original line up consisted of James Hetfield (Guitars/Vocals), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Dave Mustaine (Guitars), and Ron McGovney (Bass). Ron McGovney would end up leaving Metallica due to tensions between him and Mustaine hence the reason Cliff Burton was brought in as his replacement. When the band travelled to New York to record the album, they fired Mustaine because of his drug and alcohol problems as well as his aggressive behavior and his clashes with the band. That is when Metallica called in the one time student of Joe Satriani and at the time Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett to replace him. The story doesn’t end there though with Dave Mustaine as you’ll see in the next paragraph. Let’s check out the album!

File:Metallica - Jump in the Fire cover.jpgHit The Lights is the very first track on the album and it’s actually a song that James brought over from his original band Leather Charm. I like how when the track starts out, it sounds like a bunch of madness before the razor sharp, fast as lightning thrash metal playing begins and it’s a song about hitting the stage to rock out. The Four Horseman is the next track on the album and it’s one of four songs that feature Dave Mustaine with a writing credit. The only thing is that James changed the lyrics and the title of the song from Mechanix to The Four Horseman and he wrote about the four horseman of the apocalypse. One interesting fact about the song is that it was based off of the main riff to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama when Dave was goofing around with it in rehearsals with Cliff. Motorbreath is the next track and it’s actually the shortest track on the album. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album because every time I hear it, I think of Motorhead for some reason because of the beginning. Jump In The Fire is the next track on the album and it’s another one that gives credit to Mustaine and it’s also one of the first original songs. When Metallica performed the track live, it was in standard g tuning, but since 2004 they changed it to F standard tuning. Lars at one time claimed that the song was written to sound like Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills which was a very popular song at the time. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth is the iconic bass solo track by Cliff Burton which showcases the legendary skills that Cliff had.

File:Metallica - Whiplash cover.jpgWhiplash is the next track on the record and it was the first single released about the effects of headbanging during concerts. “Bang your head against the stage like you never did before,” is an example of a lyric that talks about it. There’s also a rumor that this was Kurt Cobains favorite Metallica song. Phantom Lord is another track on the album that gives Dave Mustaine credit. The beginning of the track has that early Maiden Killers era like beginning before it shoots out of the canon like a Diamond Head track. No Remorse is a track that starts off with some Metal swagger before it kicks into the prototypical thrash song with the solo in the beginning. There are moments where it seems like Metallica experiments with elements of Doom like in the 1:23 mark. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. Seek & Destroy is one of the most iconic Metallica songs that was heavily influenced by Diamond Head and Saxon. I say that because Lars claimed that the track was heavily influenced by Diamond Head’s Dead Reckoning. The first three mini solos were influenced by Saxon’s Princess Of The Night. I wonder how many of you have noticed the unusual pitch of the string bend in Kirk Hammett’s solo at the 3:47 to 3:48 mark because Kirk has certainly apologized for it since it’s release stating that it is a bum note.

metallicaMetal Militia is the last track on the album and it’s also the last credited to Dave Mustaine. It’s also another thrash classic and you can certainly hear Dave’s influence on the track. I’m telling you that there hands are moving at the speed of light on the guitar because the song just blazes a trail behind it. Thanks to Cliff Burton, the album was called Kill Em All instead of Metal Up Your Ass which the producers thought was too offensive. I suggest that anyone that wants to get deep into Metallica’s music needs to listen to this record because of it’s historical significance to the band. Expect reviews of Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets to come at a later time, but for now this one needs a final grade. I am going to give this album four stars out of five only because it was their first record and it definitely made an impact.

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