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Defenders of the Faith [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Judas Priest Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005K9LM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Freewheel Burning
2. Jawbreaker
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Love Bites
6. Eat Me Alive
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. Night Comes Down
9. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders Of The Faith
11. Turn On Your Light
12. Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith (Live)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - True Metal Gods! 17 Mar 2004
By HeavyMetalMonty VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album defines British Heavy Metal. There isn't a weak song in sight. Glenn and K.K.'s guitar playing is flawless throughout, their solos mind-blowing in both precision and power. Check out the solos to 'Love Bites' and 'Freewheel Burning' for examples of the perfect heavy metal twin-guitar assault as pioneered by Judas Priest. As for vocals, there's not a lot you can say about Rob Halford, except that he is the one and only Metal God.
Every metal fan should own this album. Young bands should listen to 'Defenders of the Faith' as the blueprint for heavy metal performed as it should be: anthemic choruses; beautiful melodies; wall-crumbling riffs; stratospheric vocals; tight rhythm section; synergy between band members; alternating pace. If you don't have a copy, get one now.
Buy it.
Play it loud.
Repeat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and dramatic, marks the end of an era 11 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
On its first listen, Defenders of the Faith, despite some commercial leanings, doesn't possess a hit single - and it's all the better for that.

This album is epic and dramatic, Rob Halford's soaring and at times operatic vocals only gives this release a sense of granduer that the ambitious Nostradamus failed miserably to replicate. The production is intense, heavy and never again would Judas Priest appear this intense.

From the relentless pace of Freewheel Burning to the closer Heavy Duty/Defenders of the Faith, the intensity never lets up. The twin guitar work of the masters Downing and Tipton is class, and even Dave Holland's drum work - never a spectacular drummer - benefits from the production.

The band's performance is polished and shiny, as was illustrated on The Sentinel, but they also show a sadistic side with Love Bites and Eat Me Alive that whiplashes the listener with its sharp chords and razor-like delivery.

There isn't a duff track on this album and despite the classics before like British Steel and Screaming for Vengeance which will always be the albums that cemented their reputation, Defenders of the Faith represented a culmination of all these things, a perfect blend of rock, heavy metal and their sense of sinister, artistic muscle.

The weak Turbo (1986) followed and then the about face Ram it Down (1988). And although Painkiller (1990) restored their reputation as one of the world's best rock bands, its production didn't share Defenders class.

Therefore, Defenders of the Faith really was a watershed release for the band and while die hards will point to the previous releases of British Steel and Vengeance as being superior, I beg to differ.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Priest 10 Jan 2010
By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I always think of this album in conjunction with Screaming for Vengeance - in fact I sometimes feel that these two records could have been put together as a double album. It also coincides with my youth at a point where I was discovering what kind of sound I liked. This cemented my love of heavy metal.

Cast your mind back to the eighties and the early days of Kerrang. I remember vividly how much of an impact Screaming and Defenders had on the rock press. And rightly so. It's perhaps hard to recall after so many years and so many bands how much Priest did with this album to shape what we call heavy metal or rock now. They virtually invented the sound and Defenders is perhaps the best example Priest have of the balance of commerciality and full on metal.

I have read that some feel it is too accessible. Not true. It is successful and popular and whilst one may turn their collective noses up at this concept the truth is that when a band sells records it can change tastes and also carry on viably. One cannot knock a band trying to make some money. The fact that Priest did it with such genre changing aplomb is commendable.

Make no mistake however - this is a heavy record. The way some folks review it one would think that it is a radio friendly pop album and that would be very wrong indeed. Nope we have some of the best full on speaker rocking metal ever produced and the songs Heavy Duty rolling into Defenders of the Faith alone should be on any rock fans list. Give the combo a listen at ear bursting volume and then try and suggest that this is over commercial. It's a brain melting gruesome twosome.

We have of course a few more classics often used live. The Sentinel, Love Bites, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll and Freewheel Burning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEP THE FAITH!!! 24 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Things were never going to be quite the same after this album. The weak Turbo and mediocre Ram It Down were to follow before the mighty Painkiller resurrected the band's sound. So this is a jewel of an album.

As others have said it is stylistically similar to Screaming For Vengeance but man is it a whole lot heavier. At a time when there was a lot of froth and bluster in rock music; DOTF as a metal album with balls. The opener, Freewheel Burning is thrash-a-la-Priest, and if my memory serves me correctly was released as a single (with a truly hammy video). Just listen to and try to keep up with Rob on the "Look before you leap..." refrain. Jawbreaker is now the stuff of legend and although a fantastic song is not the best thing on here. That title, for me, is between Rock Hard and The Sentinel. Love Bites is another of those dark, sexually themed songs that wouldn't have been out of place on Killing Machine whilst Eat Me Alive had the US moral majority up in arms at the time. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll and Night Comes Down are pure class which leads us to Heavy Duty which does exactly what it says on the tin - it's a Heavy Duty number with the singalong Defenders Of The Faith tagged on at the end.

Sure, some of the lyrics are poor and the album cover has to be one of the worst Priest ever released but overall it's a damn good album. I prefer SFV personally as there is a bit more diversity and a bit more light and shade on there whereas DOTF is heavy, heavy, heavy. A great album, buy it and KEEP THE FAITH!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defenders of metal
judas are heavy metal and if you like heavy metal buy this its a classic.
Published 1 month ago by Big Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal heavy metal album, full stop
I remember back in 1984 watching at a music TV show and all of a sudden, being amazed by the video clip of "Freewheel Burning". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Legbamusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Masterpiece.
A great Judas Priest album with some brilliant songs such as The Sentinel, Love Bites, Freewheel Burning, Defenders of the Faith and many more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Heavy Metal
Solid heavy metal album, this is arguably brittish heavy metal at it's very best. Hardhitting, headbanging heaven. So why not 5 stars? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the tank beast Metallian
You can't beat a bit of Judas Priest can you; falsetto vocals over squealing guitars with a nice pounding rhythm section. Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by Anoosh Falak Rafat
5.0 out of 5 stars Have faith in Judas Priest
Defenders Of The Faith,released in Jan 84,a time of rock turmoil,,Rush had released Signals a keyboard album, Van Halen the single Jump and Def Leppard the soft rock album... Read more
Published on 19 May 2012 by Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated gem
Priest effectively pioneered thrash / speed metal and this is probably their most under-rated album. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by I. H. Roblin
5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
Judas Priest's ninth studio album was released in 1984. Defenders Of The Faith is an album often celebrated by Priest fans but isn't as famous as some of their other albums like... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best and Finest Metal: Epic
This is the album that started me off in the 1980s. I remember listening to it when it came out and I was instantly a convert. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by F. Camilleri
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent all time haevy metal classic
this is probaly judas priest best cd hard rockin classic (only for people who like it hard and fast aaaaaa)
Published on 21 April 2009 by Ms. T. A. Wick
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