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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00005Y0S2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Owen on 28 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes. This is one of those albums that just sounds better the louder you play it, giving particular relavence to the melodic 'Im a Rocker', and the thunderous 'Hard as Iron'. While lacking in the accesibility we all know and love in classic Judas Priest, rewards come rich for those who give it chance. Blood Red Skies, as an example of this, shows that if you tune into the mood the band create through the introduction, you will be treated to reward that few other than Halford and co can deliver. The fifth star is missing due to tracks 3 and 9 only, which is a shame because every other song on this album is worthy of a 5 star rating. The same is to be said about the live tracks, both of which seem truly in their element in front of a large crowd of Metal Maniacs!
Stepping back from this record, its industrial metal feel is just right to go with the heavy guitar riffs and tooth-rattling bass, and its a pleasure to listen to the metaphorical mixture bubble and boil as it pours from your speakers. Its selling point? You wont find anything else like it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Stevenson on 24 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having seriously lost there way with Turbo (although you can never blame a band for trying something new) Priest tried to redeem themselves with Ram it Down. The problem was they either tried too hard or didn't try hard enough and I can't work out which.

Turbo was planned at one point to be a double album, called Twin Turbos, with the bulk of Ram It Down as disc 2. And I think that's where a lot of the problems stem from. There's still a lot of synth hanging around. The songs themselves are lyrically poor but you still feel that with a bit more effort and getting rid of the synth that it actually might have been a good album. Also, the less said about Johnny Be Goode the better.

But I don't want to be too negative about the Priest, even Turbo had it's redeeming features, so let's look at the positives. The title track is superb as are Hard As Iron, Blood Red Skies and I'm A Rocker. Cheesy lyrics but very enjoyable none the less. Monsters Of Rock is not as bad (as some reviewers suggest) as Loch Ness but it certainly is a brooding, bone crunching monster with Rob's vocals going seriously low for the first time in ages. Another plus is that the majority of the album has an upbeat feel to it. It's feelgood metal and that's not a bad thing.

Overall, it is far better than Turbo but nowhere near as good as their other eighties output. It is still worth owning though, just don't start your Judas Priest collection here, leave it (and Turbo) until you've got all the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Judas Priest's eleventh studio album Ram It Down is hugely underrated in my opinion. It contains some very strong material and performances from the band.

I understand fully why this album is harshly overlooked. The band's previous album Turbo soured a lot of people towards the band in the mid to late eighties with its commercial leanings. Ram It Down and Turbo were originally intended to be a double album together. Consequently, many people put that together and choose to ignore Ram It Down.

Ram It Down is actually a great album, much heavier than Turbo with far less of the synths or the glam/hair tinges. Some of the songs on Ram It Down are almost Thrash Metal in places, with double kicks going off, heavy palm muted riffs and it seems unfair to lump this in with Turbo as `that pair of sellout albums.'

Ignoring the style and direction of the album for a minute, the actual music is top notch. Tracks like `Hard As Iron,' `Come And Get It,' and the furious title track are all excellent and deliver everything you could want from Judas Priest in terms of energy, performance and vocal range and all that before you even talk about the guitar solos on the album.

Overall, Ram It Down is a great Judas Priest album and I'd urge you not to overlook it just because of its origins, if you try it you may just be surprised.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Worthington on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
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.
nuff said.
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