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Judas Priest

Defenders of the Faith

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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1984

Label: Columbia Records

Catalog Number: CK-39219

Average Rating: 93 / 100 (18 ratings)

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Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith Album Cover

K.K. Downing guitar
Rob Halford vocals
Ian Hill bass
Dave Holland percussion, drums
Glenn Tipton guitar
1.  Freewheel Burning  4:25
2.  Jawbreaker  3:27
3.  Rock Hard Ride Free  5:35
4.  The Sentinel  5:04
5.  Love Bites  4:47
6.  Eat Me Alive  3:35
7.  Some Heads Are Gonna Roll  4:07
8.  Night Comes Down  4:01
9.  Heavy Duty  2:25
10.  Defenders of the Faith  1:28
11.  Turn on Your Light bonus track  5:23
12.  Heavy Duty/Defenders of the Faith live bonus track  5:26
Total Running Time:  49:43

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Scandinavia Date: August 29, 2003 at 12:20
This album epitomizes everything 80s metal was about...Excellent! Fast, furious, hard & melodic...A real trailblazer!

From: Motley Date: September 1, 2003 at 3:41
I rememeber seing the video for love bites back then and never forgot the song since then. I think that tune has then become close to my fave songs with this band. I true classic album by the way....

From: Scandinavia Date: September 3, 2003 at 12:21
The return of the 'technical' Priest sound which was lost on 'British Steel'...

From: Kim HP Date: October 9, 2003 at 23:03
Another masterpiece from Priest. This is almost as good as 'Screaming...', if not even better. The solo in 'Freewheel Burning' is one of the coolest solos ever. Again, no metal fan should be without this one.

From: K.K. POLAND Date: February 1, 2004 at 8:36
Fantastic album.... Rock Hard Ride Free - WHAT A SONG !!! really rocks !!!!

From: ben Date: February 20, 2004 at 5:35
Love bites is my favorite song

From: Defender Date: May 25, 2004 at 11:20
mhmm...not the best but better than many others

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 18:04
I believe that this is the bands second best album. They finally write a consistently good album after having several patchy ones and there is some variety here. 'The Sentinel' and 'Freewheel Burning' are classic metal tracks, while songs such as 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll' and 'Love Bites' are among their better written anthemic tracks. 10/10

From: Metal T Date: December 16, 2004 at 12:38
I think Defender nailed it when he posted and i quote 'not the best,but better than many others'.DOTF is a d*mn good record. 'Freewheel Burning'--need i say more ? ----

From: Blayde Date: December 21, 2004 at 2:59
Priest's most underrated album. Nobody ever mentions this one when discussing their best works. Loaded with great songs, not overplayed 'hits' like British Steel.

From: Blayde Date: December 21, 2004 at 3:01
Why is this album only rated 6.48/10? Are you people DEAF?!? Listen to it!!!

From: metal rulz Date: December 21, 2004 at 23:42
They got even better and created yet another super album! Defenders Of The Faith! Every song in this one are great! The solo on 'Freewheel Burning' is awesome! 'Rock Hard, Ride Free' is how I live my life, guys. 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll'! I love this!

From: Metalhead66 Date: December 22, 2004 at 9:20
What we got here is Priest in the early 80's. Got it when it was released and I still love it. Not the best,but in no way bad....Glad to see rob is Back. 8.5/10.

From: Date: April 22, 2005 at 0:15
Metal Rulz is a fuckin idiot

From: Metal Rulz Date: May 3, 2005 at 13:33
Oh, I'm sorry that you won't enjoy this cd as much as I do. So you are the freaking idiot in here...SHUT UP!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 14, 2005 at 9:51
Another Good Judas album, otro buen disco del metal que no puede faltar en toda coleccion de un amante del Metal. Love Bites el mejor corte de hecho.

From: Painkiller Date: June 10, 2005 at 5:50
This album starts of with Freewheel Burning, one of my favorites. Jawbreaker, The Sentinel, Heavy Duty, and Defenders of the Faith are great songs too. I rank this album Priest's 4th best album. 1. Painkiller; 2. Sad Wings; 3. Angel of Retribution; 5. Jugulator

From: underworld king Date: February 14, 2010 at 21:44
This was my first JP album and it's still my favorite. Every song on this one rocks.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 23, 2013 at 16:44
Defenders Of The Faith is a really good, but often overlooked, Priest record whose biggest flaw is its totally-'80's production, complete with a cavernously-reverbed drum sound. Songs like "Rock Hard, Ride Free" and "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" are typical Priest anthems that, production aside, could've been found on any of the last three albums, while "Freewheel Burning," "The Sentinel" and "Jawbreaker" (one of the band's all-time hidden gems) clearly point the way forward, past the pop-metal detour of the next two albums, straight through to Painkiller. Weirdly, the only weak tracks are the last two, which don't seem like a real song, even together as they're intended to be heard.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 6, 2015 at 20:55
A good album...the band was at its highest peak in popularity,specially in The States ..."Freewheel Burning","Jawbreaker","Love Bites" & "Eat Me Alive" are my faves in here...i own the vinyl since it came out in 1984...85/100

From: hair metal again Date: April 24, 2018 at 10:05
superb heavy metal release by giants JUDAS PRIEST and a classic of the 80 s scene for sure!excellent production by Tom Allom and the band achieves a mosterous commercial heavy metal sound that i really dig!many classics here like "freewheel burning",'some heads are gonna roll",'love bites","eat me alive" and Defenders Of The Faith is one f their finest moments and essential in every collection

From: Eric Date: April 20, 2022 at 16:39
KK mentions in his book that the band felt since then that Defenders' opening 4 songs: Freewheel Burning-Jawbreaker-Rock Hard Ride Free-The Sentinel is the best start of any hard rock album, ever. Halford also likes Love Bites very much, a different+cool song. Eight winners make this Judas Priest's ultimate+most consistent album. Let's hope JP will remix their 80s albums one day, since Allom+co never achieved an amazing sound for the band, which I think actually hurt them in the competition. They sounded better live, check out Live in San Bernardino 1983/05/29 & Live in Dortmund 1983/12/18, when the band was on fire; at their peak both in popularity+performance. Also Jawbreaker has my favourite KK guitar solo+Freewheel Burning has an amazing Tipton solo. Holland had a bombastic Bonham style, very solid, just that the drum sound+too loud cymbals did him injustice. (Maiden+Birch had a superior sound throughout the 80s.) Halford's '83 vocal performance at 32 yrs of age is just stunning.

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