Monday, March 9, 2015

CD Review: Judas Priest's "Defenders Of The Faith" Gets Expanded With Live Show For 30th Anniversary

One of the pioneers of British heavy metal music is the band Judas Priest. Their name is synonymous with the heavy metal genre and lead singer Rob Halford has been deemed "the metal god." Their slow rise to stardom began back in 1974 with their debut album "Rocka Rolla." They began finding success in the U.S. with their third album, 1977's "Sin After Sin," but their big break-through album would follow three years later with "British Steel," which would go platinum in the U.S. selling over a million copies. The 30th anniversary of that album would kick-off the deluxe edition series re-issues of some of Judas Priest's biggest selling albums. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of their ninth studio album "Defenders Of The Faith." The album hit the heights of creative success for the band worldwide, reaching the top 20 on the album charts in seven different countries. On March 10th, Columbia/Legacy will release a 3CD set celebrating the 30th anniversary of this landmark album.
The first disc contains the original album, newly remastered by Tom Allom and contains the singles "Freewheel Burning" and "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll." The songs were quick and concise as the entire album clocked in under the 40 minute mark. Halford's howls and screams along with the best line-up of any metal band at the time is the perfect recipe for the success this album found. The remastered sound on the album is stunning, but fans will be more intrigued with the two bonus discs that include the band's entire concert from Long Beach, CA on May 5th, 1984.
This concert is the perfect balance of Priest's old and new material at the time. Nine of the ten songs that appeared on the "Defenders Of The Faith" album, appear live in concert alongside classics like "Breaking The Law," "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming." The band sounds in top form for the classic "Desert Plains" and "Electric Eye" and mix in the new material perfectly. The setlist for this show is a wishlist for one of today's Judas Priest concerts so enjoy the flashback to when everything the band touched turned to gold. To find out more about this great new release, please visit

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