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Defenders Of The Faith

May 29, 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 49:34
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  • ASIN: B00138EWGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,773 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of the best Priest albums ever!!
Stĺle Myhre-Wollnich
It includes their singles Freewheel Burning, Love Bites, Jawbreaker and Some Heads are Gonna Roll.
A Customer
The rest of the album is fairly solid.

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29 of 32 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rock~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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Allen on August 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Judas Priest's Defenders Of The Faith record is, simply put, astounding. It has all sorts of redeeming qualities. For instance: the riffing is superb, as are the bass lines. Halford's vocals are amazing, as usual. Drumming is great too. It's actually got several tracks with a great influence of thrash/speed metal. Let's break down the tracks one by one.

1. Freewheel Burning: A great opener, it kicks you right in the face, which is how a lot of the best metal records open up. Solo is insane!

2. Jawbreaker: Another fast one, bass line is amazing! I like how they make the sound effect of a time bomb with the hi-hat.

3. Rock Hard, Ride Free: A bit of a slower number, but still crunchy, with a great hook.

4. The Sentinel: A slow intro leads into another frantic speed metal tune. Solos are definetely at their best here.

5. Love Bites: Once more, a great mid-tempo rocker. Kind of an eerie little intro. Listen for Rob's little death growl near the end!

6. Eat Me Alive: Another frantic speed metal tune. Very heavy, but the solo is nothing special.

7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll: Another slower one, but it's got such a great intro, who cares about the tempo?

8. Night Comes Down: Almost like a ballad. Probably my personal least favorite. A bit too slow.

9. Heavy Duty: This is one half of a whole song, and it's got the great fist pumping atmosphere of such songs as the Saxon classic "Denim And Leather" or the Manowar classic "Blow Your Speakers."

10. Defenders Of The Faith: The second half, continuing with the fist pumping atmosphere, but the lyrics are just repetitive crys of "We are defenders of the faith!" Oh well, at least they defend the metal faith, which is good!
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