Judas Priest ‎– Defenders Of The Faith

CBS ‎– CBS 25713, CBS ‎– 25713
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Printed inner sleeve with lyrics. Early copies were released with a competition insert.

Made in England
℗ 1984 CBS Records
(A1-A4,B1,B2,B4-B6) CBS Songs Ltd.
B3) Screen Gems-EMI Music Ltd.

Rising from darkness where hell hath no mercy and the screams of vengeance echo on forever, only those who keep the faith shall escape the wrath of the Metallian... Master Of All Metal.
© 1984 CBS Inc./ ℗ 1984 CBS Inc
Shorepak by Shorewood Packaging Co.Ltd,England.

(Inner sleeve)
© 1984 April Music Inc.,Crewglen Ltd.,Ebonytree Ltd., and Geargate Ltd.Adminstered by April Music Inc.(CBS Songs Ltd in the UK) except "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" © 1983 Screen Gems-EMI Music inc.
Recorded in Europe
Mixed at DB Recording Studios, Miami, Florida and Bayshore Studios, Miami, Florida
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York

(No tracktimings credited on the release)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Runout, A-side etched): CBS.25713. A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): CBS.25713. A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Runout, B-side etched): CBS.25713. B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): CBS.25713. B3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label): CBS 25713 A٭
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): CBS 25713 B٭
  • Rights Society: MCPS / BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 0149
  • Other: CB 271
  • Other: 57

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
502134 2, 5021342000 Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 502134 2, 5021342000 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
VFCT-39219 Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith(Cass, Album, Chr) CBS VFCT-39219 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SICP 4718 Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith(CD, Album, RE, RM) Sony Records Int'l SICP 4718 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
SICP-4388~90 Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith(3xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Dig) Sony Records Int'l SICP-4388~90 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
CPK-1273 (CK 39219) Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith(CD, Album) Sony Music CPK-1273 (CK 39219) South Korea Unknown Sell This Version


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May 13, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
what an awesome piece of artwork there, still looking so fresh!


January 1, 2015
Ok so there is a 30th Anniv. edition double CD but no vinyl? What gives? At least let Mofi or MOV have a crack at it or release it as a 24/192!!! Nobody wants a meager 16/44!!!


December 9, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Although the sleevework on this album was obviously intended to continue from 'Screaming For Vengeance' and maybe 'Hero Hero' in its style and imagery, it is sadly... the worst, and spoils an otherwise excellent album. Again we have the guitar-wielding, melody-rich and highly-hummable numbers like 'Rock Hard Ride Free', 'The Sentinel', and 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll', with fine performances all round and Rob Halford delivering some of his best vocals to date. Ballad-esque moment comes courtesy of 'Night Comes Down', and Mr. Halford gives it his all to deliver an emotional and effective vocal that really communicates the pain and sadness of the track, tinged with its glimmer of faint hope. Anthemic moments come with 'Heavy Duty'/'Defenders Of The Faith' and 'Love Bites' (nice use of delays and layers on the vocals on this track), pretty simple and a bit drum-machine-driven, but all the better for it, somehow. And there's the heads-down, super-fast sequel to the 'Exciter' of 'Stained Class', 'Freewheel Burning', which in itself has its own sequel in 'Eat Me Alive' (no prizes for guessing the sub-text there, then ;-). Guitars and vocals are very much to the forefront of the arrangements and the mixes of these tracks, which was pretty much the style that was established with 'Killing Machine' and was evidently a formula that worked for this band that never let its distinctive style and sound collapse into formula. This LP is pretty much on a par with 'Screaming For Vengeance', and these two albums are very much a pair in terms of their style, sound, production and general feel overall. A highly productive time for the band, no doubt, representing a stage of maturity, experience and intelligence in their songwriting, and although there's plenty of guitar acrobatics, scorching solos, and arrangement development, the band never lose sight of the importance of just laying down good solid rockin' songs with an epic angle. Which was what they were really good at. And this was the last Priest album, with metal in its heyday, of what could be termed their 'mid'-period before 'Turbo' in 1986, although the sleeve art on that LP is obviously intended to indicate a continuity across the three albums.