Judas Priest
Ram It Down


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jason Hellmuth USER (19 Reviews)
March 5th, 2006 | 95 replies | 15,669 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


12 of 13 thought this review was well written

Cheese, that marvellous food that is enjoyed around the world around, is made from the curdled milk of various animals. Its flavours range from the mild to the eye-wateringly sharp. These different flavours are the product of a huge range of varying factors. Animal diet, additives, the way the milk was curdled (the usual method is utilising natural bacteria) and even the age of the cheese. There are many popular cheeses that most of you will be familiar with. I will attempt to list a few of the more common ones here:

Limburger
Danish Blue
Brie
Ricotta
Mozzarella
Edam
Cheddar
And of course Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal cheese is produced from a variety of animals, such as the guitar, and has many different flavours. And just like its fellow cheeses, it can either improve with age, or go rotten.

On May 17 in the year of 1988, a variety of cheeses were produced by master manufacturers Judas Priest. Several of these were premium stock which would stand the test of time, perhaps even improve with time. However, a number were also doomed to be too thick and insipid to ever be consumed, even when put on toast.

For make no mistake, it is cheesier than a Ď70s fondue party with a David Cassidy soundtrack. Nobody ever acclaimed Rob as the poet of our generation, but unfortunately his technology-inspired lyrics of the Ď80s and early Ď90s were the thing of nightmares (or wet dreams, depending on your tastes). Just look at the 2nd and 3rd cheeses on offer. Heavy Metal is a song about Heavy Metal. Not only has it got a sharp, heavy flavour, but itís gooey consistency can make it unpalatable to all but those children of the Ď80s. Likewise, Love Zone has a passable taste. Itís not going to win any awards, but you might like it on top of your pizza. Judas Priest also served up a cheese to fill the niche market of songs to play just before an awesome rock song when youíve had the beer that will send you over the line that separates tipsy and drunkenly obnoxious. The aptly named Iím A Rocker is a lyrical car-wreck, but is it ever fun.

Undoubtedly, the most delicious cheeses on this smorgasbord are Ram It Down and Hard As Iron. Highlighting the fury and passion of Priestís music, with Robís trademark falsetto leading the charge, these two delicacies are best served hot and loud, perhaps in a fondue? For the finest Speed Metal that Judas Priest would produce before Painkiller, one cannot look further than the 1st and 5th cheese varieties on Ram It Down.

It is a pity, then, that this album would have any filling at all. It is a double pity that this filling isnít at all tasty. In fact, itís rather unpalatable. If you had, say, an egg roll with the cheese varieties of Come And Get It, Love You To Death or Monster Of Rock, youíd probably throw the whole thing away to avoid the risk of tasting any of these noxious flavours.

Luckily, a few tasty morsels still remain. We have a new look at an original recipe by Chuck Berry, named Johnny B. Goode. Not only do Priest play the simple, yet heavy tune with gusto, but Rob delivers some of his highest vocals, ever. Possibly the best cover Judas Priest ever did.

And finally, we have Blood Red Skies. The only non-speed metal track on the album, this slow, steady cheese is full of deliberate rhythm, corny lyrics and some fine bass.

Truly, it is a real pity that some of Priestís best efforts of the Ď80s are sandwiched into a package with such bitter cheeses. What could have been their greatest album instead became their what if?. Listening to this album is like playing Battleships. A lot of the time, youíll get a hit, and feel on top of the world. However, every so often youíll miss, and thatís when you ask yourself this question; Does Ram It Down sink my battleship?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
south_of_heaven 11
March 5th 2006



5433 Comments


hahaha i loved your comparison to cheese, and even more-so at the end with the battleship comparison. nice job on the review, i have yet to pick this one up

Storm In A Teacup
March 5th 2006



12687 Comments


Smorgasbord! :p
Nice review, short, but detailed. I never really got into Jusas Priest though. Some songs are okay, but just fail to sink my battleship.

Priestmetal
March 5th 2006



542 Comments


Yea Judas Priest is cheesy as hell but hey, its great stuff to rock out to. I don't like this album too much but The ttle track is outstanding.

sabbath-fan-666
March 5th 2006



31 Comments


great review

Apocalyptic Raids
March 5th 2006



810 Comments


haha when I saw this on the main page and read the first few sentences, I knew it could only be you Jason

Chrispaks
March 29th 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Biggest under-rated album ever. Its great.

blekzebbed
November 23rd 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol, nice review
But: I hate cheese and Monsters of Rock is one of the best of the album dammit!

Mart0001
July 27th 2007



31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very funny review. This album is indeed pretty underrated. The lyrics may be Manowar-like, but the music is great. Johnny B. Goode is my favourite song on here, it's the best cover Judas Priest ever did.

goneshootin22
August 1st 2008



142 Comments


You are amazing. Underated album to.

mooncrazy
September 21st 2008



3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

The title track should be the only reason for this album's existence.



Douchebag
April 14th 2009



3624 Comments


Judas Priest is Cheese, and that's why I love it so!
Only just bought this album, not expecting much but the title track is up there with the greats! its like a mini painkiller.

kygermo
June 20th 2009



994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just stumbled across this review and started cracking up! Brilliant!

ConorMichaelJoseph
June 21st 2009



1870 Comments


Not their best but still a pretty good album

R6Rider
August 1st 2009



4493 Comments


album title is just too much

I know it was the 80's and all but c'mon

Digging: Rort - Warpath

TheNotrap
July 28th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Extreme underrated!

This record has is weak points sure but also has amazing songs like Ram It Down (probably the best solo duet ever made), Hard as Iron, Blood Red Skies or I'm a Rocker.

One of my personal favourites.

BigHans
July 28th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

HARD AS IRON

TheNotrap
July 28th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

SHARP AS STEEL!!

MO
August 25th 2011



18261 Comments


title track destroys

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

BigHans
August 25th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah it does

TheNotrap
August 25th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ram It Down, Hard as Iron, Blood Red Skies, I'm a Rocker...all great songs. Extreme underrated IMO



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