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Judas Priest

Ram It Down

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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1988

Label: Columbia Records

Catalog Number: CK-44244

Average Rating: 85 / 100 (10 ratings)

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Judas Priest Ram It Down Album Cover

K.K. Downing guitar
Rob Halford vocals
Ian Hill bass
Dave Holland drums
Glenn Tipton guitar
1.  Ram It Down  4:48
2.  Heavy Metal  5:58
3.  Love Zone  3:58
4.  Come and Get It  4:07
5.  Hard as Iron  4:09
6.  Blood Red Skies  7:50
7.  I'm a Rocker  3:58
8.  Johnny B. Goode  4:39
9.  Love You to Death  4:36
10.  Monsters of Rock  5:30
Total Running Time:  49:33

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From: Scandinavia Date: August 29, 2003 at 12:23
A lot of people will disagree but I think this was one of their best albums...So damn heavy & fast yet so polished & listener friendly that even your average Britney-clone will love it...Perfect album!

From: Fat Freddy Date: August 31, 2003 at 12:47
I agree with ya Scandinavia, this is an overlooked Priest album. When I first heard it I breathed a sigh of relief 'cos I had been afraid that they would continue with the TURBO style direction... thank God it didn't happen!

From: Motley Date: September 1, 2003 at 3:44
Fantastic masterpiece!!!

From: reaper Date: January 16, 2004 at 21:08
the opening song - ram it down simply owns

From: J Date: January 17, 2004 at 13:43
Penso ke questo sia tra i capolavori dei Judas. Aspetto con ansia il loro ritorno...

From: K.K. POLAND Date: February 1, 2004 at 10:14

From: Metalgod Date: February 11, 2004 at 11:39
Perfect album! Although drums are not Dave Holland but a drum computer...

From: Defender Date: May 25, 2004 at 11:26

From: jack Date: June 4, 2004 at 2:08
Ram it down remind me of tooth and nail by the great dokken. Heavy metal got amazing guitar solo while johnny B'goode is like a rally song or somethin'(like johnny was competing ina race). Anyway,a monstrous album by the best heavy metal band of all time-judas priest.

From: Rammer Date: June 5, 2004 at 20:19
This was the album that introduced me to Priest. Since then I have spent many hours listening to this great band. eventhøugh the Priest had their primetime in the 70's and 80's, I never get bored of their sound.. A superb band

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 18:07
They drop the synths and attempt to go back to a pure metal sound here. The problem is that the songwriting is weak, among the worst of their career. The only thing I remember from this album is the epic 'Blood Red Skies'. 6/10

From: Metal T Date: July 7, 2004 at 21:03
Most definitely agree Big Papa K---but,not only is the songwriting weak,i can't stand the overall sound of 'Ram It Down'- The entire album sounds too sterile and generic.You'd think after 'Turbo' Priest' would have let loose and cranked it up a notch,but fortunately for real metal fans that would come in the form of 'Painkiller' & They will probably never top that bad boy ! ----

From: OmegaRyther Date: July 15, 2004 at 14:19
Forse uno dei loro migliori album,soprattutto la canzone 'blood red skies'... Una perla del gruppo, che per fortuna ha cambiato stile rispetto a Turbo... un bel 9/10

From: jack Date: August 13, 2004 at 5:55
But Metal T- you got to admit then guitar solo of heavy metal and ram it down is incredibly good.k.k is an amazing guitarist that can play guitar so fast and well

From: Metal T Date: August 13, 2004 at 17:16
Ill definitely agree with you there jack ---Tipton and Downing are without a doubt one of the best,most lethal twin-guitar combos ever !-and they've influnced and inspired everyone from Sherman/Denner (Mercyful Fate),Hanneman/King (Slayer),Hoffman/Fischer (Accept),Holt/Hunolt (Exodus) everyone from glam to thrash .

From: andrew Date: November 27, 2004 at 8:52
well kerry king is not a aguitar player I could say it's facy he is one of the worst around there

From: metal rulz Date: December 21, 2004 at 23:53
Damn! They just released classic after classic, after classic! Really a good one!!!!

From: Steve Date: February 17, 2005 at 3:52
Personally I think that the Title track is the best Judas Priest solo ever!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 14, 2005 at 11:30
Great Heavy Metal album from Judas, hahaha que piruetas hablan arriba este es un gran disco de heavy por parte de los amos del metal, y que carajos nadie menciona la mejor cancion del album y una de mis favoritas de ellos me refiero a Contundente, Demoledora y llena de energia Johnny B. Goode que guitarras que solas por la puta madre que temazo brutal que se marcaron, me meto un fallo en nombre de Judas y en especial en este corte ahhh que rico fumando un cigarro escuchandolo. BUY.

From: Rafo phoenix Date: May 14, 2005 at 11:33
Y ni que hablar de Rob EL MEJOR CANTANTE DE HEAVY METAL DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS y uno de los mejores de todo el Rock. No creo que en el mundo haya alguien con una voz tan poderosa filuda y camaleonica a la vez no existe!!!

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:42
With ram it down, I wouldn't say it's a return of form but rather a return of sound for the kings of classic metal, judas priest. The title track is the best priest opener since defender of the faith's freewheel burning-opens with an unearthly scream form halford and picks up incredible speed from there. The twin axing guitar solo from kk and tipton on the title track proves that they are the best guita duo along with maiden's smith and murray.

From: KISS Date: August 31, 2005 at 6:46
'Heavy metal' is quite cheesy but recently,halford states that he likes the song and hence it's included in their live shows. Other not worthy song are hard as iron (i like the thunder effect of the song), monster of rock and the melodic epic, red blood skies which shows halford dishing out his incredible vocal range. Last but not least, my fave-johnny b goode. It kicks the heck out of the chuck berry original. Overall, my priest album although i wouldn't regard this as a priest classic.

From: juan carlos Date: January 18, 2007 at 22:23
Sin dudas que es gran disco pero tiene temas y temazos y eso es lo que no lo hace un clásico para mí. Trallazos como "Ram it Down" Mi favorita y si, que tremendo trabajo de solos!!! "Heavy Metal" con otro ataque de solos, alucinante!! "Hard As Iron" Mi segunda Favorita, tienes que escucharlo para creerlo!! "Blood Red Skies" es la lenta pero con un nivel de in crescendo terrible, otro temazo! y por último el super-versionado "Johnny B. Goode". Los demas solo buenos. Rob Halford METAL GOD!. 8.5/10

From: halfordhughes Date: June 2, 2011 at 13:38
this is very underrated album!!!great volcano heavy metal album!!!highly recommended!!!

From: pie75 Date: June 20, 2012 at 1:48
good album but i must admit this isn't as good as people make out i understand they wanted to get back to heavier music again after turbo but the only great song here is the title track though heavy metal and blood red skies are good too

From: hair metal again Date: April 25, 2021 at 7:51
excellent release for JUDAS PRIEST back in 88 with amazing guitar work and thrilling vocals from Rob indeed!underrated in their catalogue mostly because of the strange choices in promoting it!"ram it down","heavy metal","come and get it" are great songs !you cand go wrong with the PRIEST

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