"Children of the Damned" is the 2nd track in the Number of the Beast album, released by Iron Maiden. This dark and compelling track is inspired by the 1963 film of the same name, which is about six children with psychic abilities who are forced to battle for their survival against an inferior human race. The song describes the death of the last of the children, as he steps out to face the humans which are intent on destroying him by burning him at the stake. It is a deep and thought-provoking film.
The slow beat and mix of acoustic and metal guitar creates a mood of sadness and loss, which is perfectly matched by the hauntingly guitar solo, and the description of the child's last moments while burning is particularly vivid. Bruce Dickinson once said that he had been heavily influenced by Black Sabbath's Children of the Sea when singing this song.
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