Q (7/01, p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Halford rendered tales of mythical beasts in an hysterical squawk. We shall not see his like again."
Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass); Dave Holland (drums).
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley.
Personnel: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass guitar); Dave Holland (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Richard Kayvan; Tom Allom.
Liner Note Authors: Judas Priest; Bryan Reesman.
Recording information: Europe (05/05/1984); Long Beach Arena, California (05/05/1984); Europe (1984); Long Beach Arena, California (1984).
Photographers: Jeffrey Mayer; Mark Weiss; Bob Leafe; George Desota.
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.