ARTIST:

JUDAS PRIEST

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH

(1984)
LABEL:

COLUMBIA

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
80's, Epic, High-pitched vocals
""Defenders Of The Faith" is an album both pompous and powerful that will leave no one indifferent."
ZOSO (15.04.2009)  
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Fans had been scared. After a lukewarm "Point of Entry", "Screaming For Vengeance" had set things right. Hits, and metal. What remained was to convert the try and decide if Judas Priest would continue on this metallic way.

The blistering riff of "Freewill Burning", which opens the album, would suggest that they would. Judas Priest continue on the heavy metal vein, and without faltering. This impression is confirmed throughout the listening with a deluge of decibels that is frightening and above all devilishly effective. Apart from "Love Bites", which is a bit grandiloquent in the same vein as "United", and "Night Comes Down", which is a bit of a failure, all the tracks are full of authentic and delightful savagery.

More than a shower of riffs, the album offers worked and subtle tracks that don't lose anything in strength. Then, "Rock Hard, Ride Free" will become a reference with its chorus cut for the stadiums which includes light and melodic guitar parts. The solo on this track remains a model of efficiency, the reprise of the initial theme still drawing chills. And what about "The Sentinel", a convoluted and incredibly powerful track, in which everything flows with fluidity and energy, despite the complexity of the riffs. The album ends with "Heavy Duty/Defenders of The Faith" which will leave you breathless with its solemn and devastating power.

Just like these last anthems, the album displays a kind of nobility throughout its duration. The tracks seem almost haughty as it is clear that they were made to be overpowering and listened to at high volume. However, the gamble is successful and the tension does not very much (the more classic "Love Bites" - "Night Comes Down" suite). The members give everything they have as rarely as possible (as never since "Killing Machine"). Rob Halford's vocals are melodic, snarling, or pompous as required. The Tipton/Downing pair is more efficient than ever, with riffs galore and solos perfectly balanced between velocity and efficiency, with the harmony that characterises them. Dave Holland's playing keeps his metronomic side but adapts without problem to the relative complexity of the songs.

"Defenders Of The Faith" will not leave you indifferent. It is the representation of the energy of a band that is convinced to be the greatest heavy band in the world. Not being afraid of any pretense, Judas Priest offers a decisive album, both pompous and powerful. Despite a few flaws or dead spots (and still), it's hard not to get carried away while screaming with the crowd: We are defenders of the faith!


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Freewheel Burning - 04:22
02. Jawbreaker - 03:25
03. Rock Hard Ride Free - 05:34
04. The Sentinel - 05:04
05. Love Bites - 04:47
06. Eat Me Alive - 03:34
07. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll - 04:05
08. Night Comes Down - 03:58
09. Heavy Duty - 02:25
10. Defenders Of The Faith - 01:30

LINEUP:
Dave Holland: Batterie
Glenn Tipton: Guitares / Claviers
Ian Hill: Basse
K.K. Downing: Guitares / Claviers
Rob Halford: Chant
   
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