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

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005K9LM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Schneider on March 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Not wanting to give up on their new-found momentum after the superb, fast and hard-hitting SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, Judas Priest released DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH in March of 1984. Sporting a darker, more violent side than SCREAMING, it nevertheless continued the same tradition of fast, rat-a-tat-tat drumming from Dave Holland, K.K. Downing/Glenn Tipton twin-Stratocaster guitar solos that intertwined with each other at blistering speeds, and high-pitched screeching courtesy of Rob Halford, the greatest heavy metal singer alive both then and now. I became a die-hard fan when I first saw their video for the speed-metal opener "Freewheel Burning". The song is fast, furious, yet still very melodic. It's also my favorite on this CD. Even at their fastest, Priest always retained their melodic sensibilites; they were never just noise. "Jawbreaker" continues this dark speed-metal sound nicely; although not great like "Freewheel Burning", it keeps the momentum going. "Rock Hard, Ride Free" is a great racing-as-metaphor-for-life song like "Heading Out To The Highway" and "Freewheel Burning", but is mid-tempo in rhythm with a high-pitched tandem guitar tune that sounds like the perfect theme of a teenage life-story. "The Sentinel" burns up the air; it's a fast, burning, and violent song which could have been made into a movie. It's about a supernatural (and apparently immortal) sentinel who takes out an entire army with his scabbard of 200 daggers, which "fly out like bullets, upon their deadly course." Quite gory, but nonetheless an excellent Priest song with a memorable bridge.
The second half of DEFENDERS also rocks, although not quite as hard.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R0cK-N-RoLLA on April 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Heavy Metal music doesn't get any heavier than this, or better. I have been a fan of this album ever since it's release back in 1984 and it is without a doubt my top favorite Judas Priest album of all time. Upon my first listen to it I was amazed and enthralled by it's high octane and infectious energy. I had never heard anything more powerful come through my speakers at the time, and even upon listening to it today, it is still just as powerful and exciting as it ever was. I am such a huge fan of this album that I even have the poster of the image of the Metallion from the album's front cover hanging on a wall at home. I've read some other reviewers complaints concerning the cheesy lyrics on some of the songs and all I can say about that is, well, that's all part of the fun of it all.

Judas Priest's prior album to this one, Screaming for Vengeance, is a definite masterpiece recording, and Defenders of the Faith continues in that tradition and then some by delivering even more addictive power metal songs and anthems than seems humanly possible. Just sit back and pop this disk in your player and feel the music pummel you into a pulsating pulp with awesome tracks like Freewheel Burning, Jawbreaker, The Sentinel, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll, and Heavy Duty.

By this time in their careers, the mighty team of Glen Tipton, K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, and Rob Halford, were like a well-oiled precision Metallion music machine and were really at a creative high point during the mid Eighties, and it definitely shows on this album. But to be honest, Judas Priest have hit many high points throughout their career and continue to do some very excellent and amazing music to this very day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is, without a doubt, the most underrated of all Priests releases. Until Painkiller many years later, this and British Steel were by far the heaviest Priest albums. The common critical take on Defenders was that it was a letdown after Screaming. Nonsense. It was a commercial letdown because the popsters didn't like it as well. There are no "Take these chains Off" or "Fever" travesties to shame this mighty album. It just plain smokes from front to back. I don't know what the previous reviewer was smoking, calling this "the first bad priest album". Perhaps it doesn't quite live up to the "searing intensity" of such brutal classics as Point Of Entry and Rocka Rolla, (Sarcasm in extremis here), but any headbanger will be delighted with the far faster and heavier tracks Freewheel Burning, Eat me alive, and Jawbreaker. I must sadly concur about the remastering though. This wasn't taken from a better 2-track than the other, they just eq'd the bass to hilariously muddy levels. That said, this is better than Screaming for Vengeance, it just didn't sell as well to the 14 year old girls, and isn't that a good thing?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William J. Merkel on March 17, 2015
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Customers have already commented on the live show included in this package. I'll just say that I like it better than Priest Live! that was released in the 80's. It's more raw and has better songs. Now as far as the newly remastered album, this version sounds better than the 2001 remaster. It sounds a little louder. There's more bottom end. Halford's vocals sound clearer. I seem to hear a little more echo. Also, the 2001 version which was remastered by John Astley, had KK's and Glenn's channels switched. Original producer, Tom Allom, corrected that error on this remaster. But still, there has been better sounding Priest albums like British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance. So don't expect a HUGE improvement. The new booklet doesn't have the lyrics like the 2001 CD. It has a write-up about the album and tour. There are a bunch of photos including 2 pics of when the fans ripped up their seats at Madison Square Garden which resulted in the band being banned from playing there for life. Defenders is my 2nd favorite Priest album so this was a must buy for me. I wish there was a DVD of the live show.
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