Iron Maiden’s third disc, The Number of the Beast, is where the group found their voice. Literally. Before they began recording the 1982 classic, they booted singer Paul Di’Anno in favor of Bruce Dickinson. Kicking out the frontman is a risky move for any band, but when fans heard Dickinson’s incredible, operatic range, they were sold. This is not a band with a lot of hit songs, but The Number of the Beast‘s “Run To The Hills” and the title track did actually get some airplay. More importantly, the album doesn’t have a single weak moment, from the opening notes of “Invaders” to the end of “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” The group only grew in popularity from here..
Some of the album’s strongest moments come when Max lets his death metal side out more. This is what made songs like “World Scum” so awesome and the same approach works brilliantly on “Fallen”. I really wish Max would do this more often, maybe even make an exclusively death metal album; I’d love to hear where he’d take it. With this in mind, “Fallen” is easily my favorite song on “Savages”.