Formed in Leyton, North London, Iron Maiden is a heavy metal band. Formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris the band’s discography has grown to thirty-eight albums. Iron Maiden are pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal from the 1980’s onwards.
Number of the Beast, originally released in 1982, is Iron Maiden’s seventh single release and second single from the album of the same name. It was re-released in 2005. The subject matter caused outrage among religious groups in the USA but the song is still one of Maiden’s most popular. It has been covered several times and appears in several video games and films.