Judas Priest
Defenders of the Faith



by Priestmetal USER (20 Reviews)
February 8th, 2005 | 11 replies

Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Judas Priets' Defenders of the Faith, released in 1984, is in my opinion their strongest. So much so that to judge all their other albums i had to compare them to this one. I dont beleive this album had any apprent singles so im assuming it probably isnt one of their most famous ones. I think metal fans should check this album out if they havn't already because this album and this band are one of the reasons i got into metal.

Line up at the time:
Rob Halford- (amazing) Vocals
Glenn Tipton- Lead guitars
K.K Downing- Lead guitars
Ian Hill- Bass guitars
Dave Holland- Drums


1) Freewheel Burning
This song is REALLY great. Its fast, its heavy, the solo is remarkable and halford's singing is most impressive as usual. Its pretty much all you can want in a metal song. 5/5

2) Jawbreaker
This song isnt as powerful as the first track but it still manages to be quite heavy and has a relativly catchy solo. Not one of the best of the album. 3.5/5

3) Rock Hard Ride Free
This is in my opinion one of the best songs from Judas Priest. Its catchy, yet melodic and heavy all at the same time. The solo is so great. I love how KK and Glenn split the lead parts. It owns...
The first time i heard the song i couldnt get the chorus out of my head for litterally a month!!! 5/5

4) The Sentinel
What a song!!! Thats the only way I can really describe the song... Its just got such powerful riffs and the solo is INSANE!! They split the lead parts into 4 and it sounds great. 5/5

5) Love Bites
I dont perticularly like this track. I meen its not bad... but it just doesnt have those classic Priest riffs. The little bass intro thing sounds cool though. 3/5

6) Eat Me Alive
Apparently this is quite a contraversial song. (sumthing with Tipper Gore and the line: "I'm known to force u at gun point")
Anyway... this song took me a while to really get into. But now i think its good (especially the solo). The verse and chorus have a nice heavy sound. 4/5

7) Some Heads ARE GONNA ROLL
Like the sentinel... WHAT A SONG!!! This one is heavy, people. Very catchy as well (just like alot of these songs). The solo sounds great too. The end is kinda repetitive but yea... thats a minor detail. 5/5

8) Night Comes Down
This one is somewhat quiter and more "chill" then the rest of the album. It isnt 100% soft but its still softER. Its a good song. Definetly needed on the album. 4/5

9/ 10)Heavy Duty/ Defenders of the Faith
These 2 songs actually make one. Im am definetly not a big fan of this one. The riff is heavy... but too repetative. The drums add to that driving power but as i said, its too repetitive. 3/5

Overall I give this album 5/5. This is an underrated album!!! And British Steel is overrated.

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Another one of Priest's overrated affairs, Defenders of the Faith is far inferior to its predecessor...

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June 27th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I have updated my review with the photo and the tracks!!!

October 20th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Yea I think this and Painkiller are the best Priest albums.

wow... my first review sure does suck lol.

April 5th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

This isn't Priest best work, British Steel; Painkiller and the like were had many more classic Priest tracks on them, but Love Bites is a good song, but its ackward to think about the meaning of the lyrics considering Halford's lifesytle (I don't mean this in a derogatory way)

April 5th 2006


British Steel is somewhat overrated, I think, although it does have some absolute classics on it. For me, it's Screaming For Vengeance, this one, and Painkiller.
Although I was surprised by how much I liked Angel Of Retribution.

April 6th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

This is, in my opinion, an album with splitted quality. Some of the songs reminds me about Turbo, which I don't like, and some reminds me of Screaming for Vengeance, which is much better... The Sentinel for example, is a great song, same with Jawbreaker, and Rock Hard Ride Free. I don't like Love Bites to much, but it has its moments. However, I personally see this as Priest's last "good" album before the two awful albums before Painkiller...

Nice review, by the way. I agree with your opinions!

Saxon Priest
April 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0


Yeah, it is reminiscent SFV only heavier. You can even hear moments that sound like they were off Painkiller, if you stuck in a double bass drum you wouldn't know much difference. It's just a shame the title track is the only poor track, everything else is flawless.

Loyal Metalhead
April 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Defenders Of The Faith is a very good album and Heavy Duty/Defenders of the Faith I think were made for live shows. I mean the crowd can really get into it because it repetative. I think the sentinel is the best song on the album though.

November 5th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is really great, the last track is meant for liveshows indeed. I can't see why Freewheel Burning should be a lot better than Jawbreaker

June 1st 2007


decent review, i dont really like tbt reviews
seems kinda biased without really explaining in much detailThis Message Edited On 05.31.07

August 13th 2012


Its old alright.

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