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Release date: 4 January 1984
Style: Heavy metal, Hard rock

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01. Freewheel Burning
02. Jawbreaker
03. Rock Hard Ride Free
04. The Sentinel
05. Love Bites
06. Eat Me Alive
07. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
08. Night Comes Down
09. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders Of The Faith
11. Turn On Your Light [Recorded during the 1985 Turbo sessions] [2001 re-release bonus]
12. Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith [Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, USA in May 5, 1984] [2001 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1984: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 174

Review
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Line-up
Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford - vocals
Kenneth "K.K." Downing - guitar
Glenn Raymond Tipton - guitar
Dave Holland - drums
Ian Frank Hill - bass


Additional info
Produced by Tom Allom.

Guest review by
amerislave

Rating:
9.5
1984....MTV was not in every household, metal was not all over the radio, and you couldn't pick and choose your favorite songs to download. One of the complaints that I have seen about "Defenders of the Faith" is that there is not a standout track (i.e. "Breaking the Law" or "You've Got Another Thing Coming"), but this is the biggest draw of the album for me. There are no filler tracks.

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Ellrohir - 18.02.2010 at 18:43  
Rating: 8 This album and then British Steel i like the most by Priest
Angelic Storm - 18.02.2010 at 18:46  
Rating: 9 All I will say about this album, is it's incredibly underrated. If it wasn't for "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" and especially "Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith", it would be the perfect metal album, and Priest's best. As every other song is a total gem!
Ellrohir - 18.02.2010 at 19:03  
Rating: 8 Most of the Judas Priest albums are incredibly underrated because of Painkiller
Angelic Storm - 18.02.2010 at 19:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Ellrohir on 18.02.2010 at 19:03

Most of the Judas Priest albums are incredibly underrated because of Painkiller


As much as I like Painkiller, I have to say I agree with you. It is a great album, but maybe a little overrated. Certainly albums like Stained Class and Sad Wings Of Destiny were the apex for Priest, at least in a purely creative sense.
Baz Anderson - 18.02.2010 at 23:19  
  This is probably my favourite all-round Judas Priest album.
RoyBatty - 19.02.2010 at 19:19  
  Freewheel Burning is a killer opener for sure, but I think SFV is a better overall album. The Sentinel and Eat me Alive and Love Bites are simply kickass, though.
Ellrohir - 09.04.2010 at 11:42  
Rating: 8 So i finally own it too
soadbyob - 09.04.2010 at 16:14  
  Extremely good album, not as good as Painkiller or British Steel, but still, excellent work from the Metal Gods
Mountain King - 14.10.2011 at 16:27  
Rating: 10 This should be the best heavy metal album of 1984 and one of the best ever...
Syk - 22.10.2011 at 12:47  
Rating: 8
Written by Mountain King on 14.10.2011 at 16:27
This should be the best heavy metal album of 1984 and one of the best ever...
Powerslave. Sorry. A great amount of goodness on here, though. I particularly like 5, 6, 9/10 and the studio bonus track
JÄY - 10.12.2011 at 06:29  
Rating: 7 Pretty mediocre except Freewheel Burning, Jawbreaker and The Sentinel.
HellriderRising - 03.03.2012 at 00:19  
Rating: 10 One of the best albums by priest
SBGMetal - 03.06.2012 at 09:33  
Rating: 9 Too awesome... this one makes me feel like i lived in the 80's even though i didn't!
Ace Frawley - 08.12.2012 at 05:30  
Rating: 8 Kick-&rse rock and roll here - so much to enjoy. What a band. So many good albums in their back catalogue.
megadeath13 - 09.12.2012 at 18:37  
  Good but theres something missing. The first three songs are top, the rest rather mediocre.
JÄY - 10.12.2012 at 05:52  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 09.12.2012 at 18:37

Good but theres something missing. The first three songs are top, the rest rather mediocre.

Yeah after the fourth track it goes nowhere but downhill
Ace Frawley - 10.12.2012 at 11:32  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 10.12.2012 at 05:52

Written by Guest on 09.12.2012 at 18:37

Good but theres something missing. The first three songs are top, the rest rather mediocre.

Yeah after the fourth track it goes nowhere but downhill


Pretty hard to go anywhere but downhill after those first four tracks.
JÄY - 10.12.2012 at 17:59  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 10.12.2012 at 11:32

Written by JÄY on 10.12.2012 at 05:52

Written by Guest on 09.12.2012 at 18:37

Good but theres something missing. The first three songs are top, the rest rather mediocre.

Yeah after the fourth track it goes nowhere but downhill


Pretty hard to go anywhere but downhill after those first four tracks.

true dat
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.12.2012 at 18:05  
Rating: 7 Tracj 3 is a total dud though, my God.

Actually the only really good songs on here are 01, 02, 04
Lit. - 10.12.2012 at 20:06  
  Wonder why people like Jawbreaker so much. It's the worse song on the album next to Rock Hard, Ride Free.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.12.2012 at 20:16  
Rating: 7
Written by Lit. on 10.12.2012 at 20:06

Wonder why people like Jawbreaker so much. It's the worse song on the album next to Rock Hard, Ride Free.


Because it beats the crap out (just for the opening riff and opening chorus alone) of Love Bites, eat Me Alie, Riock Hard, Ride Free, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll, Night COmes Down, Hevay Duty, Defenders Of The Faith. Hell it is superior to anything on the immensely overrated Painkiller.
Angelic Storm - 10.12.2012 at 20:23  
Rating: 9 If anything, Jawbreaker is underrated. It's one of Priest's very best songs imo, and should be regarded as a classic.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.12.2012 at 20:29  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 10.12.2012 at 20:23

If anything, Jawbreaker is underrated. It's one of Priest's very best songs imo, and should be regarded as a classic.


Underated it is totally not, since loads of people mention it amongst their fav Priest songs
Angelic Storm - 10.12.2012 at 20:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.12.2012 at 20:29
Underated it is totally not, since loads of people mention it amongst their fav Priest songs


That's as maybe, but it's still not generally regarded as a genre classic in the same way that songs like Painkiller, Victim Of Changes, Electric Eye, Breaking The Law etc are... and it should be.
Azarath - 11.12.2012 at 03:06  
Rating: 7 The first four songs are great, but after that there's a dreadful dead spot (Love Bites and Eat Me Alive) and the album never recovers, even though Some Heads Are Gonna Roll is decent and Night Comes Down is really good.

Written by Angelic Storm on 10.12.2012 at 20:32

That's as maybe, but it's still not generally regarded as a genre classic in the same way that songs like Painkiller, Victim Of Changes, Electric Eye, Breaking The Law etc are... and it should be.

Because it's not as good?
Angelic Storm - 11.12.2012 at 03:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Azarath on 11.12.2012 at 03:06
Because it's not as good?


It is as good though. lol
Ace Frawley - 17.12.2012 at 11:19  
Rating: 8 Maybe it's just me but the song "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" reminds me a lot of Ozzy Osbourne from this era.
Ace Frawley - 19.12.2012 at 06:12  
Rating: 8 Sometimes I ponder what an album with the best tracks from this one and, say, Screaming for Vengeance would be like. I reckon it would be one of the greatest albums of all-time. Maybe you could say that about other bands and their catalogue but for me, the contrast between killer and filler on some of the Judas Priest albums is particularly stark.
Azarath - 19.12.2012 at 19:06  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 19.12.2012 at 06:12

Sometimes I ponder what an album with the best tracks from this one and, say, Screaming for Vengeance would be like. I reckon it would be one of the greatest albums of all-time. Maybe you could say that about other bands and their catalogue but for me, the contrast between killer and filler on some of the Judas Priest albums is particularly stark.

I've thought about that as well, picking the best songs from Screaming and Defenders and making one great album instead of two average ones. They're so similar that it could be done.

And I agree with the second point. The Priest albums of the 80's all have problems with filler tracks and "the contrast between killer and filler" can be mind-boggling.
JÄY - 21.12.2012 at 00:07  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 19.12.2012 at 06:12

Sometimes I ponder what an album with the best tracks from this one and, say, Screaming for Vengeance would be like. I reckon it would be one of the greatest albums of all-time. Maybe you could say that about other bands and their catalogue but for me, the contrast between killer and filler on some of the Judas Priest albums is particularly stark.

Funny you mention this... I already did that and I call the album Defenders of Vengeance... even combines the album art as well
Ace Frawley - 21.12.2012 at 03:16  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 21.12.2012 at 00:07

Funny you mention this... I already did that and I call the album Defenders of Vengeance... even combines the album art as well


Nice work - and I like the title. Beats Screaming for Faith. Out of curiosity, what's the track listing?
JÄY - 21.12.2012 at 04:14  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 21.12.2012 at 03:16

Written by JÄY on 21.12.2012 at 00:07

Funny you mention this... I already did that and I call the album Defenders of Vengeance... even combines the album art as well


Nice work - and I like the title. Beats Screaming for Faith. Out of curiosity, what's the track listing?

01 - Helion/electric Eye
02 - Freewheel Burning
03 - Riding on the Wind
04 - Bloodstone
05 - Pain and Pleasure
06 - Screaming for Vengeance
07 - The Sentinel
08 - Youve got Another thing Coming
09 - Fever
10 - Devils Child
11 - Jawbreaker


...mostly Screaming songs, 'cept 3
Angelic Storm - 21.12.2012 at 08:52  
Rating: 9 If I were to make an album consisting of my fave songs from both those albums, this would be my tracklisting:

1. The Hellion/Electric Eye
2. Riding On The Wind
3. Love Bites
4. You Got Another Thing Comin'
5. Jawbreaker
6. Devil's Child
7. Freewheel Burning
8. The Sentinel
9. Bloodstone
10. Screaming For Vengeance
11. Rock Hard, Ride Free
12. Eat Me Alive

Both albums are equally represented here.
Ace Frawley - 21.12.2012 at 23:41  
Rating: 8 It's a fun game to play. Nice track listings, guys. I like the idea of equal representation between the two albums. For what it's worth, my combined super-album would be:

1. The Hellion/Electric Eye
2. Freewheel Burning
3. Riding on the Wind
4. Jawbreaker
5. Bloodstone
6. Rock Hard Ride Free
7. Screaming for Vengeance
8. The Sentinel
9. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
10. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll

They are also in alternate order between the two albums.
Metropolis_Dream - 05.04.2013 at 22:03  
  Overrated Priest album in my opinion. Its great, no doubt, but less exciting than most of their classics. "Jawbreaker" on the other hand is in my Top 5 Judas Priest songs.
Lit. - 05.04.2013 at 23:24  
  Lookbeforeyouleaphasneverbeenthewaywekeepourroadisfree!
Chargingtothetopandnevergiveinneverstopsthewaytobe!

10 years later and I still can't sing that part right.
belphegor666 - 12.07.2013 at 22:49  
  Something that i would like to say about Judas Priest is that in my opinion that there is no bad album..i love them all..all the albums are killer and every album got it's own magic and fire... From 1973 since now they rule the world givin to the fans a big load of metal
Ace Frawley - 13.07.2013 at 00:56  
Rating: 8
Written by belphegor666 on 12.07.2013 at 22:49

Something that i would like to say about Judas Priest is that in my opinion that there is no bad album..i love them all..all the albums are killer and every album got it's own magic and fire... From 1973 since now they rule the world givin to the fans a big load of metal


Nah, I don't think Turbo is killer.
Angelic Storm - 13.07.2013 at 01:44  
Rating: 9 Yep... Whilst I don't think "Turbo" is a bad album, it's most definitely not a killer album either. There are some songs on it which I do love, but there's also some embarrassingly bad songs on that album too.
Ace Frawley - 13.07.2013 at 13:01  
Rating: 8 I'd also say that British Steel isn't killer either. It's a decent enough album, with some cool tracks but nowhere near killer. I would describe Sad Wings of Destiny as killer, as well as Stained Class.
Angelic Storm - 13.07.2013 at 14:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 13.07.2013 at 13:01

I'd also say that British Steel isn't killer either. It's a decent enough album, with some cool tracks but nowhere near killer. I would describe Sad Wings of Destiny as killer, as well as Stained Class.


Pretty much agreed on all points there! There are some great tracks on "British Steel", no doubt about it, but it is for sure an overrated album overall, and definitely the most overrated Priest album. Many consider it to be Priest's finest work, whereas it's not even in my top 5 Priest albums.

Sad Wings... and "Stained Class" are two albums that are genuine classics, and 2 of the best albums of all time in my book. Those albums, much like Sabbath's classic albums, are works of true genius.
pkillerjp - 17.02.2014 at 02:02  
Rating: 9 A near perfect album and one of the best metal albums of the 80s for me..the last few tracks I'd call weird but not horrible or even filler, they have their charm and add to the uniqueness of the album. I'd put this one very high on the Priest list, not up there with Stained Class, Hellbent for Leather, or Sad Wings, but right under them possibly. Hard to rate the albums, way too many classics in the Priest cannon.
Lit. - 10.03.2014 at 07:13  
 
Written by pkillerjp on 17.02.2014 at 02:02

A near perfect album and one of the best metal albums of the 80s for me..the last few tracks I'd call weird but not horrible or even filler, they have their charm and add to the uniqueness of the album. I'd put this one very high on the Priest list, not up there with Stained Class, Hellbent for Leather, or Sad Wings, but right under them possibly. Hard to rate the albums, way too many classics in the Priest cannon.

I can't call myself a fan of Stained Class (I prefer its predecessor Sin After Sin myself), but I will agree this is under Sad Wings. Hell Bent For Leather, however, doesn't even touch this. Too much filler, not enough killer.

And, god, I can't believe I'm just realizing what a beautiful track Night Comes Down is.
Dentura - 12.07.2014 at 02:00  
Rating: 8 I really enjoy this album! Some songs don't quite work as well as others (though there aren't any real stinkers on here), but the ones that work, really work. The Sentinel and Freewheel Burning are two of my all-time favorite Priest songs. It's a nice record for sure.

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