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Judas Priest - Ram It Down

7.7 | 705 votes |
Release date: 17 May 1988
Style: Heavy metal


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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
11. Night Comes Down [Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, USA in May 5, 1984] [2001 Re-Release bonus]
12. Bloodstone [Live at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA in December 12, 1982] [2001 Re-Release bonus]

Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford - vocals
Kenneth "K.K." Downing - guitar
Glenn Raymond Tipton - guitar
Dave Holland - drums
Ian Frank Hill - bass

Additional info
Produced by Tom Allom. Co-produced by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K.K. Downing.

Guest review by
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.

published 06.10.2005 | Comments (9)

Guest review by
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.

published 11.06.2008 | Comments (23)

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For any other band, Ram It Down would probably be considered the crowning achievement and pinnacle of their talents. It is testament to the quality of their canon that this album is crowded out from contention for that title; Judas Priest truly are that great. Coming off the heels of the whipping post that Turbo became, Ram It Down was a breath of fresh air, one that was quickly overshadowed by Painkiller, but hey, that doesn't diminish the quality of this album.

published 04.06.2020 | Comments (8)

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16.11.2011 - 06:37
Rating: 9

I like this albulm much more than painkiller but boths are fucking goods!
03.09.2012 - 08:31
Rating: 8
Vasil de Shumen
Blood Red Skies ... awesome gem - dark, expressive, epic
03.09.2012 - 12:23
Heaven Knight
I always loved "Johnny B. Goode"
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep

03.09.2012 - 17:47
Rating: 8
Angelic Storm
This album sits between "Turbo" and "Painkiller", and it does sound very much like a mixture of both those albums. It sounds like a heavier version of "Turbo", and at the same time, it sounds like a lighter version of "Painkiller". It has elements of both albums, but isn't a carbon copy of either. Even the faster paced tracks like "Hard As Iron" and the title track contain traces of the glam metal from it's predecessor, whereas in contrast, mid-paced tracks like "Love You To Death" and "Heavy Metal" have a harder, and rougher edge to them than anything on "Turbo".

I don't like the album as much as "Painkiller", and a couple of fillers let the album down a bit, but it is an underrated album, with some genuinely great songs and memorable riffs contained within it.
13.11.2012 - 06:56
Valentin B
"Blood Red Skies" always does it for me. I remember the epicness of it all when they played it for one of the first ever times in concert when I saw them in Bucharest. Definitely one of my top 5 Priest tracks ever.
28.03.2013 - 14:29
Nihil's Maw
Blood Red Skies is definitely the best track on the CD.
08.08.2013 - 23:49
Black Knight
I do not know what you guys think, but I dig this one. Ram it Down, I'm A Rocker, Heavy Metal, Monster of Rock, Blood Red Skies... these are stuff that I have not removed from my playlist for years! And I just can't get enough. Not equal with with Painkiller, way better than Turbo, but an amazing Judas Priest album... and very underrated!
20.10.2014 - 01:06
Rating: 7

Title track and "Blood Red Skies" are vintage Priest, but the first half veers deep into Spinal Tap territory. I for one shall never be setting foot in Rob Halford's "Love Zone".
25.01.2015 - 13:05
Rating: 8

Criminally underrated!
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29.08.2016 - 11:40
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Much underrated. I really like this one, it has some excellent songs. Rami It Down, Hard As Iron & Blood Red Skies are awesome. And the other songs are very good too, in whole thing an very good album.
29.08.2016 - 12:00
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Underrated? Wtf guys
15.09.2017 - 15:56
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Tage Westerlund
Well after lates commercial slow album, pop metal, they put somehow heavy peace out and maybe tittle is like a cleansing, cool it down, we are metal band, last was some experiment. I like it, decdendt peace IMO
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15.09.2017 - 22:20
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Bad English on 15.09.2017 at 15:56

Well after lates commercial slow album, pop metal, they put somehow heavy peace out and maybe tittle is like a cleansing, cool it down, we are metal band, last was some experiment. I like it, decdendt peace IMO

And this one is just as crap as Turbo.
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11.01.2020 - 15:08
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
I like it, I'm fan so I might be biased but damn I am liking those songs I ignored in the past like "Love Zone" and "Come And Get It".
11.01.2020 - 15:12
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by Mountain King on 11.01.2020 at 15:08

I like it, I'm fan so I might be biased but damn I am liking those songs I ignored in the past like "Love Zone" and "Come And Get It".

Just so I don't get a reply "listen to Blood Red Skies". Of course I know it, first time listened to it in 2005 and it has been one of my fav JP songs and the best on Ram It Down ever since.
19.09.2020 - 10:36
Rating: 4
Weaker than Turbo. The songs feels some what incomplete and the drum machine doesn't work at all (except in Blood Red Skies, it gives a nice mechanical touch to the song). Aside from Blood Red Skies I only like Ram it Down, I'm a Rocker and Monsters of Rock (though none of those songs are any favourites). The rest of the songs are in the bottom end of their career.
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