- Released: May 29, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sony
Q - 7/01, p.1363 stars out of 5
- "...Halford rendered tales of mythical beasts in an hysterical squawk. We shall not see his like again."
- 1.Freewheel Burning
- 3.Rock Hard, Ride Free
- 4.The Sentinel
- 5.Love Bites
- 6.Eat Me Alive
- 7.Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
- 8.Night Comes Down
- 9.Heavy Duty
- 10.Defenders Of The Faith
- 11.Turn On Your Light (Previously Unreleased, Bonus Track)
- 12.Heavy Duty / Defenders Of The Faith (Live, Bonus Track)
Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass); Dave Holland (drums).
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley.
Having achieved their greatest chart success yet with 1982's SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, in 1984 Judas Priest released the stylistically similar DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH. While it didn't include a song/video as successful as ...VENGEANCE's "You've Got Another Thing Coming," most longtime Priest fans consider DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH one of the band's finest releases of the '80s.
Featuring such Priest instant classics as "Freewheel Burning," "Some Heads are Gonna Roll," and "Love Bites," the album solidified Rob Halford and company's standing as one of metal's premier bands. It also helped push them for the first time to global headlining status.