JUDAS PRIEST — Defenders Of The Faith (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — Defenders Of The Faith album cover Album · 1984 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
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Defenders of the faith...

Genre: heavy metal

"Defenders of the Faith" follows up on the legendary "Screaming for Vengeance", and it does so in style. The opening track "Freewheel Burning", which is a fast and in-yer-face metal song (one of of the band's best songs, for my money, in part because of the vocals and the twin guitars) makes no fuss about it. The message is simple: the next 38 minutes are going to be an intense experience of heavy metal. "Jawbreaker", although heavier, carries on the torch with its classic metal riffage and insane guitar soloing. "Rock Hard Ride Free" is almost epic sounding track with its twin guitar leads in the beginning, yet infectious and uplifting with its catchy riffing and amazing chorus. I love that song. "Eat Me Alive" and "The Sentinel" are both solid and uptempo heavy metal tracks, while "Love Bites", "Night Comes Down", and "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" are heavier and slightly darker, but perhaps not all that memorable. "Heavy Duty"/"Defenders of the Faith" constitute this album's metal anthem, but never quite surpass "United" from "British Steel".

"Defenders of the Faith" is a heavy metal classic, and while not all songs on it are superb, it is worth buying for tracks like "Freewheel Burning", "Rock Hard Ride Free" and "Jawbreaker". It's recommended to any fan of hard rock and 80s metal.
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