Judas Priest: Ram It Down-80’s-1988.

Judas Priest:Heavy Metal from England.

Rob Halford
Glenn Tipton
K. K. Downing
Ian Hill
Dave Holland (R.I.P. 2018)


Rocka RollaSingle1974 
Rocka RollaFull-length1974
The RipperSingle1976 
Sad Wings of DestinyFull-length1976
Dissident AggressorSingle1977
The Best of Judas PriestCompilation1977 
Sin After SinFull-length1977
Diamonds and Rust / Dissident AggressorSingle1977
Hell Bent for LeatherSingle1978 
Better by You, Better than MeSingle1978 
Stained ClassFull-length1978
Before the DawnSingle1978
Evening StarSingle1978 
Killing MachineFull-length1978
Take On the WorldSingle1978 
Diamonds and RustSingle1979 
Hell Bent for LeatherFull-length1979
Unleashed in the EastLive album1979
Rock ForeverSingle1979 
Living After MidnightSingle1980 
British SteelFull-length1980
Breaking the LawSingle1980
United / GrinderSingle1980
Heading Out to the HighwaySingle1981 
Hot Rockin’ / Troubleshooter – LiveSingle1981 
Hero, HeroCompilation1981 
Don’t GoSingle1981 
Point of EntryFull-length1981
Hot Rockin’Single1981 
Heavy Metal ExpressSplit1981 
(Take These) ChainsSingle1982 
World Tour ’82Compilation1982 
Screaming for VengeanceFull-length1982
You’ve Got Another Thing ComingSingle1982
Judas Priest LiveVideo1983
Judas PriestCompilation1983 
Freewheel BurningSingle1983 
Love BitesSingle1984 
The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)Single1984 
+ HeavySplit1984 
Screaming ’84Compilation1984 
Prime Cuts – Heavy MetalSplit video1984 
Defenders of the FaithFull-length1984
Some Heads Are Gonna RollSingle1984 
Parental GuidanceSingle1986 
Fuel for LifeVideo1986 
Turbo LoverSingle1986 
Locked InSingle1986 
Beyond MetalCompilation1987 
Priest… Live!Live album1987
Priest… Live!Video1987 
Ram It Down / Heavy MetalSingle1988
Delivering the GoodsCompilation1988 
Johnny B. GoodeSingle1988 
Ram It DownFull-length1988
British Steel / Killing MachineCompilation1989 
The CollectionCompilation1989 
Trouble ShootersCompilation1989 
A Touch of EvilSingle1990 
Black Sabbath / Judas PriestSplit1990 
Super Best Judas Priest CollectionCompilation1990 
The Ultimate in Heavy MetalSplit1991 
Operation Rock & RollSplit video1991 
Top Heavy Metal Music VideoSplit video1991 
Night CrawlerSingle1993 
Metal Works ’73-’93Compilation1993
Metal Works ’73-’93Video1993 
Judas Priest Star BoxCompilation1993 
Metal Gods BestCompilation1995 
Prisoners of PainCompilation1996
The Beast OfCompilation1996 
Loud & Proud – Six Pack (Six Great Hits)Split1997 
The Best of Judas Priest: Living After MidnightCompilation1997
Bullet TrainSingle1998 
Priest, Live & RareCompilation1998 
’98 Live MeltdownLive album1998
Simply the BestCompilation1999
Classic Albums: British SteelVideo2001 
Breaking the LawCompilation2001 
The Re-MastersBoxed set2001 
Machine ManSingle2001 
Live in LondonVideo2002
Deliverin’ the GoodsCompilation2003 
Live in LondonLive album2003
Electric EyeVideo2003
MetalogyBoxed set2004
2 Originals of Judas PriestBoxed set2005 
Heavy Metal BoxSplit video2005 
Angel of RetributionFull-length2005
Rising in the EastVideo2005
The Essential Judas PriestCompilation2006 
Limited Edition 3 CD Box SetBoxed set2006 
Judas Priest CollectionsCompilation2008 
Nostradamus EPSingle2008
Original Album ClassicsBoxed set2008 
Playlist: The Very Best of Judas PriestCompilation2008
A Touch of Evil: LiveLive album2009
The Music of Judas PriestCompilation2010 
Single CutsCompilation2011 
The Chosen FewCompilation2011 
Single Cuts – The Complete UK Singles CollectionBoxed set2011
The Complete Albums CollectionBoxed set2012 
Hell Bent for Leather / Defenders of the FaithBoxed set2012 
Stained Class / Ram It DownBoxed set2013 
Redeemer of SoulsSingle2014
Redeemer of SoulsFull-length2014
Original Album ClassicsBoxed set2014 
5 SoulsEP2014 
Grinder / SnakebiteEP2015 
Battle CryLive album2016
Firepower / Breaking the LawSingle2018 
50 Heavy Metal Years of MusicBoxed set2021 
Reflections – 50 Heavy Metal Years of MusicCompilation2021 
22-05-1988: Madrid.
Side A
1.Ram It Down04:48  Show lyrics
2.Heavy Metal05:59  Show lyrics
3.Love Zone03:58  Show lyrics
4.Come and Get It04:08  Show lyrics
5.Hard as Iron04:09  Show lyrics
Side B
6.Blood Red Skies07:51  Show lyrics
7.I’m a Rocker03:59  Show lyrics
8.Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry cover)04:39  Show lyrics
9.Love You to Death04:37  Show lyrics
10.Monsters of Rock05:31  Show lyrics

One thought on “Judas Priest: Ram It Down-80’s-1988.

  1. KolCastorGrim, April 3rd, 2018
    Many fans seem to overlook “Ram it Down” as it lacks a consistent stylistic theme. It seems contain musical elements from both Turbo and Painkiller. I happen to like the Turbo-esque elements myself, and I think the songs that resemble the Turbo style are stronger on this album than they were on Turbo. And, interestingly, the speed metal elements of the album, in my opinion, are just as strong as the songs from Painkiller.

    There are a few weak songs here though, most notably “Johnny B Goode”, which, along with the crappy promotional video they released, turned a lot of people off, myself included. But actually, I don’t mind their version; it’s just an obviously bad cover version of a classic song. The other forgettable track here is “Love You to Death”. These two songs stink, but the other 8 songs are top notch.

    The title track alone is so damn good that even if every other song on the album sucked, I still might be inclined to give it a passing score. “Ram it Down” is pure fucking speed metal and it contains some of the greatest dueling guitar solos I’ve ever heard from Judas Priest. You can really hear how Glenn and KK have continued to improve their abilities as they showcase many playing techniques here that you’ve never heard until this album. The title track, “Heavy Metal”, and “Hard as Iron” are full of all kinds of skillful and interesting guitar tricks, such as sweep picking, classically influenced arpeggios, dive bombs, whammys, tapping, and pedal work. There’s some very nice stuff going on with the lead guitars here indeed.

    At this point Dave Holland was about ready to leave the band, and although he is credited as the official drummer, much of the drumming was done by a machine. I personally think that the drum machine here was a great success, and I have no complaints at all about it. Though I often prefer organic, human playing styles, I think in this case their lack of a drummer worked out for the best. The samples they used really sound great and they really pack a punch. They have a pretty strong reverb effect going on, which is a sound I have always loved. It resembles the times, as a lot of metal bands in the 80’s were utilizing this type of effect to create a big, arena rock kind of sound.

    “Love Zone” and “Come and Get it” both resemble the style of Turbo, but the riffs on these songs are much better than the riffs from the songs on Turbo, and the rhythms have a real nice headbanging, fist pounding drive. The choruses are real catchy too. “Blood Red Skies” stands apart from the rest of the album as an epic masterpiece that sends chills down your spine. Keyboards are used on this track to create a really emotional and symphonic mood. Rob Halford sings with passion, and the lyrics are just magnificent.

    For me this is one of Priest’s best albums, despite the unfavorable reviews it has received from some. Definitely a highly underrated album and arguably the most underrated metal album ever produced.


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