JUDAS PRIEST – Defenders Of The Faith Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (CD)
I cannot believe it has been now 30 years since the mighty Judas Priest issued “Defenders Of The Faith” to a heavy metal hungry global audience.
This Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition has been re-mastered on the latest digital music production equipment, and sounds fantastic. Don’t worry, these classic recordings have not been bastardized and sound as good as the original if not better.
This Digipac three CD set includes the newly re-mastered “Defenders Of The Faith” album plus two CDs containing the live concert recordings of Judas Priest’s show at the Long Beach Arena, California, on May 5th 1984. I’ll tell you, this live recording may not match their “Unleashed In The East” live album in intensity, but it sure damn comes close. Just the live audience energy and the crowd as a whole going fucking crazy for …Priest speaks volumes as to why this band is so revered the world over. Having seen Judas Priest a few times in a concert setting is an experience of a lifetime, as they put on a killer stage production to fit every song they play. Also, Rob Halford rides out on his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle towards the end of the show.
Some of the cult …Priest classics found on these two concert discs are: “Grinder”, “Metal Gods”, “Breaking The Law”, “Sinner”, “Rock Hard Ride Free”, “Electric Eye”, “Freewheel Burning”, “Victim Of Changes” and the radio hit “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”. These tracks along with the other Judas Priest songs make for a killer listening experience in itself at loud volumes. Judas Priest's music has to be played at high volumes, so the sound level pod needs to be set to 10.
And the re-mastered “Defenders Of The Faith” CD is definitely an awesome trip down heavy metal memory lane, at a time when heavy metal was heavy and nothing more and nothing less. Of course, spikes, leather pants and denims were the norm along with the screen-printed band graphic tees.
From the hellish guitar rhythms of “Freewheel Burning”, “Jawbreaker” to the vicious vocal highs of Halford’s singing on “Love Bites”, “Night Comes Down” and the anthem-like choruses of closer “Defenders Of The Faith”, this album smokes. Headbangers such as “The Sentinel”, “Eat Me Alive” and “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll” are the type of songs to put any heavy metal fan into a headbanging frenzy.
If you are a Judas Priest fan, definitely check this one out, and if you’re not, give it another chance as it will blow your mind away from its world class performance.
[Columbia/Legacy] Sarjoo Devani