Okay, so Iron Maiden reissued their classic metal anthem Run To The Hills in 2002 to raise cash for former Maiden drummer Clive Burr's MS Charity which is fair enough. But what's the reason behind this re-release? Its actually in celebration of the 25th year since the release of their band-titled debut - a considerably long time when you think about it, especially for a group with Maiden's history.
The Number Of The Beast is the title track of the metal stalwarts first UK number one album. All the ingredients are present for a classic Maiden tune - the galloping Steve Harris bass line, Bruce Dickinson's falsetto's and the tight rhythm section. Accompanying are live versions of the title track and Hallowed Be Thy Name as well as the promo video and a live performance of the title track on DVD.
For those bigots who think Iron Maiden aren't fashionable, just look at the abundance of teenagers wearing Maiden T-shirts. This re-release may be a cash-in but it's a difficult one for metal fans to refuse. Iron Maiden epitomise British heavy metal - what's uncool about that?