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[Screamin' Demon] Monday, June 09, 2008 1:59:32 AM 
[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:04:35 PM 
9 Days
[JayDee  Jepsen] Saturday, June 07, 2008 2:51:00 AM 
10 DAYS.....................
[Vaillant 3.0] Friday, June 06, 2008 9:13:13 AM 

11 DAYS LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Head banger] Thursday, June 05, 2008 9:26:45 AM 
different teritories have different days they release stuff on.  tuesday in north america, but its not constant
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Darth_Painkiller_0870 from Thursday, June 05, 2008 8:57:35 AM)
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Thursday, June 05, 2008 8:57:35 AM 
Wha?  Austrailia's getting the goddman CD on June 14??????????  WTF!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Judas-Is-Rising from Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:34:34 AM)
[Screamin' Demon] Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:34:34 AM 
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Thursday, June 05, 2008 3:45:30 AM 
That was a very cool review.  Thanks for posting that, Jeanine!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Jeanine from Wednesday, June 04, 2008 11:45:29 PM)
[Jeanine] Wednesday, June 04, 2008 11:45:29 PM 
not sure if this has been posted here yet but here it is, I got this from the Q:

JUDAS PRIEST Nostradamus Sony/BMG 88697315592 (2008)

Judas Priest

The metal gods return with their latest opus, the second featuring the returned Rob Halford. And many traditionalists will be in for a little bit of a shock, for this is Priest's most ambitious album by a long way.

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, no-one on earth could rival Judas Priest for the 3 minute catchy classic metal hit single; this 2CD (running at around 100 minutes), however, is a concept album based around the life and works of the title character. Musically and lyrically it moves on from 'Angel Of Retribution', in depth and intelligence, and features as much power metal and prog metal as their trade-mark trad metal. Never have Judas Priest been so consistent from one album to the next, or throughout one whole album.

The concept itself is fascinating when you go into it in depth, with the man often struggling for personal and professional acceptance as a practitioner of medicine and as foreseer. Losing his first wife and children to the plague all add to a turbulent life.

The band are particularly proud of this, and rightly so. With no promo or advance copies available, I was allowed to listen to this at the Sony offices in Putney, London; just me, the 2 discs and a set of very loud speakers (wouldn't want it any other way really).

There are many intros, with short almost poetic lyrics and soft, acoustic and building guitars. Darker than most is the opening "Dawn Of Creation", which thunderously leads into "Prophecy". Lyrically this is an intro to the whole concept. The guitars nod at late 70s and early 80s Priest, with some mainstream Halford vocals. And what is clear from the start is the emphasis on power over range. While Halford's wide range is utilised, there are not the extremes, so no "Exciter" or "Painkiller" here. Think power and clarity.

"Revelations" is the next main track, a more melodic feel circa 'Ram It Down'. This stands out with the superb guitar solo, and some nicely layered keyboards too. Again, these are provided by Don Airey, with both Tipton and Downing working in some guitar synths as well as their duelling guitar work.

"War", for which there will be a video, is a more thunderous, and by their standards a little slower, a solid marching pace.

The next intro, "Sands Of Time", nods at "Victim Of Changes" before we get the more operatic "Pestilence And Plague", the strings and keys working better than you could ever imagine just by describing it here. Similarly the piano in "Lost Love", as close to a metal ballad as Priest have ever achieved.

Of the 13 tracks on Disc 1, the closer "Persecution", is the kind of Priest a lot of fans will recognise. Fast, furious and an instant classic. Certainly a track I am looking forward to seeing the band play live.

Judas Priest

Disc 2 opens with "Solitude", which leads into "Exiled"; another melodic yet heavy number that sees Rob Halford excel in both range and power. It also shows the rhythm section of bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis providing some excellent work. If anything, this album shows how Travis has really developed, fitting in with the Priest sound completely.

"Visions" and "New Beginnings" are again excellent tracks , the former featuring some chunky riffs, the latter a real lyrical story.

The title track "Nostradamus" highlights the big sound, the big production, and the strength of the song writing. Along with "Persecution", very likely to quickly become a live favourite.

Finally is the 8 minute "Future Of Mankind" which closes the album and concept well.

Throughout the one and only run through, I have to admit to being taking in by it all, almost numbed, it wasn't until afterwards that I realised just how good an album it is.

The band, as a five piece, have come up with 23 fantastic songs with performances and concept to match.

Some may argue it's all rather too ambitious, too dark, a development, but for me a definite success.


Review by Joe Geesin
[4 Saken] Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:32:16 PM 
i have heard 11 of the tracks and i hate to say that i dont really care for it. i hope the rest of the album is better.
[Necroticist] Wednesday, June 04, 2008 9:08:11 AM 
Ya - i heard the whole thing and it really don't cut the mustard in my opinion...'s gonna let a lotta ppl down...still, for those who like it..good on ya!
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[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Wednesday, June 04, 2008 5:41:46 AM 
13 days left to the release of NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSTRADAMUS!
[Painkiller87] Tuesday, June 03, 2008 3:49:42 PM 
I can feel the album in my hands right now it is so close!
[Vaillant 3.0] Tuesday, June 03, 2008 2:59:46 PM 
14 DAYS LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[Skybreaker] Tuesday, June 03, 2008 10:26:42 AM 

Downloaded and listening to it now. So far I'm disappointed. Too much synth overpowers the guitar and just kind of boring. I know its just about half of the album (also include Nostradamus and Visions) so maybe it will get better. Noatradamus is by far the best track in my opinion. I have to struggle to listen through some of this. I known its a concept album and all but half the time it just doesn't sound like Priest. There are some bright spots but overall it just plods along. It doesn't even get close to albums like Stained Class.,Vengeance, British Steel, Painkiller. Just my opinion.

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Necroticist from Monday, June 02, 2008 9:28:43 AM)
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Tuesday, June 03, 2008 5:51:39 AM 
I know that b4thedawn posted this elsewhere, and I'm sure that some of you found this on your own, but here's an interview noted metal DJ Eddie Trunk did with Rob, KK and Glen on May 9th:
[Necroticist] Monday, June 02, 2008 9:28:43 AM - posting a 9 track promo from Nostradamus (if u can stand the silly security bleeps - torrent download only...and DONT play loud on high-range speakers!)  :)
[Screamin' Demon] Monday, June 02, 2008 7:14:12 AM 
This is fuckin' awesome material. I love it all. Rob singing italian, using his rasp, screams, melodic range, accoustic guitars, monster metal riffs, symphony, synthesisers, thundering drums....BRING ON NOSTRADAMUS JUDAS PRIEST   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by screaming_4_priest from Sunday, June 01, 2008 7:23:22 PM)
Edited at: Monday, June 02, 2008 7:20:13 AM
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Monday, June 02, 2008 3:14:21 AM 

OMG!  Quick!  Everyone run to the store and by a pack of adult diapers, so as to not soil our good underwear!

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[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Monday, June 02, 2008 3:12:56 AM 

15 Days left!!!!!!!!

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