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'Defenders Of The Faith' is Priest's finest album, and my number one favorite Priest album of all time. Once the opening riff for 'Freewheel Burning' hits, you are in for one hell of a ride on the Priest train! This album is the quintessential Judas Priest album, and it definitely deserves more attention than it gets. Every single song on this album has a killer riff, great vocals (per usual), great lyrics and just greatness spread throughout! Everyone was on top of their game in this album and from the moment you start this album, it's greatness from beginning to end.
Everything about this album is spot on and it really shows what Priest is all about. It's a shame that Priest only plays about three or four songs from this album when they tour nowadays. I would die if they played this whole album live, for whatever reason they would, it would make for the best concert in history! This album has the perfect blend of heaviness, melodic-ness, and metal that only Priest can provide.
Up until this point in the '80s, Priest was sort of inconsistent with the first two albums in the decade for Priest, being nothing of goodness, they really made up for the first two albums of the decade, with this killer album that rocks you to the core, from beginning to end. Then after this, they put out 'Turbo', which blew in every single way possible. In '88, they put out 'Ram It Down' which was the prophecy of what was to come for Priest. The '80s was a very interesting decade for Priest and this is by far their best work of not only the '80s, but ever.
There isn't much competition for this album in the '80s decade, as it was a very lackluster decade for Priest, besides this obviously, and 'Screaming For Vengeance', which is too much of a traditional '80s metal album for me to appreciate fully. It is very hard for me to say which songs are the strongest, and which are the weakest. There is no bad song on this album! Even the bonus track 'Turn On Your Light', is a fantastic ballad that really captures you in a waterfall of emotion.
I HIGHLY recommend this album to any metal fan out there that wants something that is old school, has killer riffs and just rocks everything on this earth to its core. Not only is it the quintessential Judas Priest album, but the quintessential metal album in general!
GET THIS ALBUM!!