Priest have always had a problem with living up to the understandably huge standards they set themselves. Any run of two or three 5 star albums they released was invairiably let down by some questionable 3 star work. Step forward 1981's "point of entry" 1986's "turbo" and 1988's 'ram it down". Hence why they never quite attained the same level of sucess as fellow flagbearers Iron Maiden, who managed seven belters in a row before going off the boil.
Ram it Down is a mixed bag. It contains some of their heaviest tunes, in the form of the extreme "hard as iron", the blistering title track ( containing an unbelievable lead and harmony section ) and the rather amusing anthem "heavy metal" with its background chants of "what do you want? we want HEAVY METAL!!!" The best song on the album however, is the mini epic "blood red skies". Its a midpaced, atmospheric riff fest with great performances all round.
Unfortunately, thats where it ends. The remaining songs are some of the worst ever recorded by Priest, uninspiring filler such as "love zone", "come and get it", "monster of rock", and "love you to death" are metal by numbers, and sound lazy compared to the aforementioned good tracks. Special criticism must be reserved for the appaling "johnny b goode" cover and "im a rocker", which unbelievably they played live on their last tour...WHY?!
In my opinion this is their worst album with halford on vocals, however it is still worth owning for the good tracks, which sit alongside the rubbish ones in the way that a Ferrari might sit in a garage next to a beat up old Skoda.