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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

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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (12)

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 (20)

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Metalex - 16.11.2011 at 06:37  
Rating: 9 I like this albulm much more than painkiller but boths are fucking goods!
Vasil de Shumen - 03.09.2012 at 08:31  
Rating: 8 Blood Red Skies ... awesome gem - dark, expressive, epic
Ellrohir - 03.09.2012 at 12:23  
  I always loved "Johnny B. Goode"
Angelic Storm - 03.09.2012 at 17:47  
Rating: 8 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.
Valentin B - 13.11.2012 at 06:56  
  "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.
Jaeryd - 28.03.2013 at 14:29  
Rating: 7 Blood Red Skies is definitely the best track on the CD.
ManiacBlasphemer - 08.08.2013 at 23:49  
Rating: 10 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!
Ruchesko - 20.10.2014 at 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".
Jagermeister - 25.01.2015 at 13:05  
Rating: 8 Criminally underrated!
Metalheart35 - 29.08.2016 at 11:40  
Rating: 8 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.
LuciferOfGayness - 29.08.2016 at 12:00  
  Underrated? Wtf guys

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