I've always held a special love for this album, it was the 2nd I ever heard of the band and it cemented my desire to buy their Metalogy box-set.
This is by far my favourite CD of theirs, much better than "Screaming for Vengeance". Rob Halford's voice soars higher than before and Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing's lead breaks reach absolutely incredible new heights. Not to mention the production is absolutely crushing, most notably on the drums.
Although some points are stronger than others, this album flows together wonderfully. Highlights include the brilliant speed-metal number "Freewheel Burning", "Jawbreaker", the epic anthem "Rock Hard Ride Free" (with arguably the band's finest solo work ever), "The Sentinel" with it's 7 part lead break, the deliciously evil "Love Bites", the raunchy "Eat Me Alive" (which caused quite a stir with the PMRC back in the 80s) and the double team assault of "Heavy Duty" and "Defenders of the Faith".
Fantastic album, fantastic band. KEEP THE FAITH! \m/