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12-29-2011, 04:30 PM
Barry Clayton, the man behind the spoken word introduction to Iron Maiden‘s iconic song ‘The Number of the Beast,’ has died at the age of 80. Clayton was a quintessential part of Maiden lore, as his deep, booming voice is forever etched in the minds of headbangers, thanks to the way he spoke those famous, ominous words that start the song:

Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea
For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who have understanding
Reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six.

The Islington Tribune reported Clayton’s death. He was a resident of the region, which is in Greater London, England, for 40 years.

Aside from uttering words in the intro of a song that is beloved by metal fans, Clayton was long considered a pioneer of black television and radio programming, launching the Black Londoner’s radio program on the BBC. Clayton produced the show from its 1974 debut until he left in 1988 to join Capital Radio.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

R.I.P. Mr. Clayton. Maiden fans will not forget you.

Source (http://loudwire.com/barry-clayton-voice-behind-iron-maiden-number-of-the-beast-intro-dies/)

12-29-2011, 04:37 PM
I was just about to post this. Such a sad day in Metal.


12-30-2011, 05:48 AM
Yes, R.I.P. One of the defining moments in heavy metal music.

Read about his death on blabbermouth yesterday and the reactions of two kids were: (Paraphrasing)

1. "Up until now, the only song I had heard from this album was Run to the hills." Kid, you've got a long way until you can be considered a metalhead.
2. "I don't usually llisten to power metal, but that was pretty good." Although Maiden was one of, if not the main influence(s) on power metal, they are most definetely not power metal.

12-30-2011, 08:01 AM

12-30-2011, 08:53 AM
Another sad loss in the metal world. He was the other defining voice in one of heavy metal's most legendary tunes.

R.I.P. :666:

Travis The Dragon
12-30-2011, 05:17 PM
Truly so sad for sure. :( RIP

12-30-2011, 05:25 PM
Now I'm gonna think about this every time I hear the song...

12-30-2011, 06:12 PM
Now I'm gonna think about this every time I hear the song...

What are you doing here? This thread has nothing to do with mayhem fest.

12-30-2011, 07:04 PM
RIP Barry; you had one helluva voice.



12-30-2011, 07:34 PM

I started my virtual show with NOTB tonight for you

Cheers !

12-31-2011, 09:27 AM
Rest in peace.

01-01-2012, 01:55 AM

Vincent Price missed something IMHO, but unfortunately, he was way too expensive.

01-02-2012, 02:46 AM
:tp: 25.000!