Judas Priest - Ram It Down review
|Album:||Ram It Down|
|Release date:||May 1988|
01. Ram It Down
02. Heavy Metal
03. Love Zone
04. Come And Get It
05. Hard As Iron
06. Blood Red Skies
07. I'm A Rocker
08. Johnny B. Goode [Chuck Berry cover]
09. Love You To Death
10. Monsters Of Rock
2001 Re-Release Bonus Tracks:
11. Night Comes Down [Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, USA in May 5, 1984]
12. Bloodstone [Live at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA in December 12, 1982]
As Painkiller is possibly Priest's most popular album, Judas Priest must have had an era which lasted for at least three albums in a row, and had quite a same style. Taking a listen through Judas Priest's whole discography is a very interesting experience when you notice how the style, sound and melodies have changed during the years. Ram it Down was the album before Painkiller and these two do really have same kind of sound in them, Painkiller gained a lot more publicity and the band just succeeded better on that one.
I know that there are many people out there who have only heard Painkiller and not many other albums of Judas Priest. Well, here is a recommendation! Most likely the album won't be able to compare Painkiller in your ears but musically the experience is definitely more or less needed.
Some of the choirs on the chorus' of the songs remind me of older power metal, however that part of the songs is only less than one percent and musically Judas Priest are 100% heavy metal. This album definitely is not special anyhow; it is pure rocking from start to end. The opening track ''Raw it Down´´ alone proves that. There is no need for who-is-the-fastest-guitar-player-in-this-world competitions, which is an excellent thing for a heavy metal album. Double-bass is used only on one song, ''Hard as Iron´´ and this is one of the things that makes such an extra for drums so powerful. No abusement! Even many fans of the band don't know that Judas Priest have made covers here and there on their albums - on Ram it Down there is also one, ''Johnny B. Goode´´ originally by Chuck Berry.
There is no need to continue this review anymore. All I can say that Ram it Down by Judas Priest has totally been forgotten no matter how good it is after all. I could claim it a must-buy for any heavy metal/Priest fan, with this album the Metal Gods truly have started preparing the ultimate rising of Painkiller!
|Judas Priest has always been a band that have changed their style a lot - from the early rock albums to harder stuff, then more or less inventing heavy metal before putting out some quite cheesy stuff in the eighties. This resulted, at least in my opinion, that Judas Priest put out many albums that only feel like a transport to the next classic album. 'Ram It Down' is such an album, and I imagine Judas Priest didn't really know where they wanted to go when they wrote the songs for this album. Still - there is no Priest album without good songs and 'Ram It Down' is not an exception.
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| Baz Anderson
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