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[Baggy] Monday, July 28, 2008 12:43:06 PM 

this album is awsome to say the least!  JP have taken Heavey Metal music and music-craftmanship to a new level! Certainly the best album they have ever done  

[zumpulija] Monday, July 28, 2008 9:35:09 AM 
I like the Nostradamus album more and more.. I have listened to it maybe hundred of times already. I really think that this album is very deep,one has to pay attention to the whole story - from the beginning till the end. I realised the strngth of the album these days - I had personal problems connected with my child and the personnel in the kirdengarten and I was in a very bad mood and then I felt a desire to listen to the nostradamus album. I felt a relief - my english is to poor to explain in a good way my feelings in that moment, but I realised that one should be strong to overcome all problems in life.


love you all fans of JP :-)
[Eternal Servant] Sunday, July 27, 2008 9:11:14 AM 
Nostradamus contains all the essence of JP's over 30 years of experience. This album was meticulously created & every interlude is needed & used as  a guide  to the next chapter (song) as if we're reading a book or watching a movie  as Rob explained in an interview w/ BURRN! magazine for July issue in Japan.
If you're  JP fans, you know JP love trying something new for each album. Why don't we trust the band we like so much?
Glenn has repeatedly said in interviews that he is very proud of this album. Even if there're fans who don't fully accept this one, they will not regret making this album for sure. I've noticed that fans who have been bitching about this album have changed their opinions in Rob's quorum.
Nostradamus has elevated Metal into Art. Genuine master piece & JP's legacy will last eternally!
[Koffe113] Saturday, July 26, 2008 2:49:40 PM 
I bought Nostradamus yesterday. I have listen to the hole album and its really good!!
[sweatysock] Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:52:26 PM 
Should receive my copy on Monday from amazon. Look forward to listening to it going by the comments on this thread.
[Gorulya] Saturday, July 26, 2008 12:52:53 AM 
This album is great!!! Theyr albums is very different and because i love theyr music!
[scorpion01] Monday, July 14, 2008 2:30:51 PM 
This album will go down as a masterpiece. It has not even been out 1 month. Everytime I listen to it I hear things I didn't hear the previous times. Everyday I have a different favorite song. As time goes on we will appreciate this album more and more. If we all liked it the first time we listened to it, it would probably be so simple that we would get board with it.  There are many great songs on this album and some that you would never take the CD out just to listen to the one song. But the whole of this album is much greater than any individual song. This album was well worth the wait.
[chadman] Monday, July 14, 2008 1:52:10 PM 
Does anyone know how many of the deluxe ed. and the ultra deluxe editions were produced??????
[crypticangle] Monday, July 14, 2008 4:32:46 AM 
Nostradamus has it's moments--not my favorite Priest album but I'll basically take anything from them at this point !!  I can say it's the best concept cd.
[hellrider 31038] Sunday, July 13, 2008 8:14:17 PM 
i dont  think there running out of ideas.i just believe (my personal opinion)think they took the wrong path.lets keep the faith for some hard core priest for the next album Danny b
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[Danny b] Sunday, July 13, 2008 6:50:44 PM 
this album has some good stuff on it, but like angel of retribution, not their strongest. Hate to say it they seem to be running out of ideas for new stuff. be honest, when you see a band who have been about this long, you want the older stuff played dont you. i am a  priest fan but......
[Soylentgreen4u] Monday, July 07, 2008 1:08:35 AM 
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[scaryman] Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:32:25 PM 
I don't think anyone will stone you to death for your opinion!!! 
We all have different points of view, your not to keen on it! That's it!

Keep on rockin'

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by aceroperuano from Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:03:03 PM)
[aceroperuano] Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:03:03 PM 
I want  to make things clear, I adore Judas Priest, I live for Judas,  I even constantly sware over the symbolic image of Rob leather pants or studed leather jacket(I actually do!), but.......but I really don't like this album, and I think that being a Judas Priest  doesn't mean that i should be bland at the hour of critisize his work, or praise every new album they get out like is a new painkiller or stained class,  so  this is it: this is not a good Judas Priest album, why?? lets see, Rob: great vocals, Glen and KK: awesome guitar player, Ian hill: he do a good work, Scott Travis: excellent drums man, so why this is a bad album?? because almost 90% of the song are midpaced, kinda low tune, a profuse use of synth(cut it out!), I mean a little is right but for godsake this is Judas Priest!! heavy metal in its purest form!! and I wanted like that, this album have a bland sound and not Priest sound,  it haves its moments(War, Visions,etc) but  I think this is the "hey  guys!  lets make  experimental/conceptual music just for the fun" album,this should be a one disc album, cause were many fillers songs this time, what amaze coming from a band like Priest.

 I think this was unavoidable, they have to make and experimental album so they could grow musically and see what it fits really with Judas Priest music and style, I give this album a 6.5 on a 10 scale, and believes me, it hurts me to gave that pointage, I only hope next album would be better.

So this is it, now you can stone me to death for been a Judas Priest heretic,  but at least I know that I feel better(or worse, depend how you see it) for writting these here...this is my katarsis.
[metaldog] Sunday, July 06, 2008 12:56:47 PM 
The album is an interpretation of the biography of Nostradamus.  One of many.  (I think Priest's version is the best, however; at least as far as my ears are concerned!) Edited at: Sunday, July 06, 2008 12:58:24 PM Edited at: Sunday, July 06, 2008 12:59:29 PM
Edited at: Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:00:21 PM
[alecs56] Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:46:17 AM 

This album is written as  a biography of the prophecies of NOSTRADAMUS

[ScottyM] Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:44:42 AM 
Music, as musicians, need to evolve. Nostradamus is an evolution of thoughts, ideas, experiences that were carefully crafted and given to us to enjoy (or not). This piece needs to be experienced from start to finish. It is NOT, nor will ever be, a "radio friendly/chock full of singles" piece that people are accustomed to. If you want those, pull out British Steel, Defenders, whatever. I applaude JP for the massive balls it took to craft this , and stick by their work with the record company ('cause I'm sure it raised some eyebrows) to do this. This insures that more headbaggin' metal will come from the Priest in the future.
[mgdman] Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:00:05 AM 
I couldn't agree more metaldog! I think this will be a defining moment for them and the genre. I am 42 and like you have listened from long ago. This band never ceases to amaze!
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[mgdman] Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:00:05 AM 
I couldn't agree more metaldog! I think this will be a defining moment for them and the genre. I am 42 and like you have listened from long ago. This band never ceases to amaze!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by metaldog from Saturday, July 05, 2008 10:35:57 AM)
[metaldog] Saturday, July 05, 2008 10:35:57 AM 

I am 46 and have been listening to Priest since the beginning.

In my opinion, a lot of "new" metal is just not that good.  Maybe because I got used to a certain sound in the 70s and 80s but currently I hear the same ol' same ol' over and over.  So, just when I thought nothing new could possibly come along, Judas Priest puts out a totally new sounding album and I LOVE it!  This is a turning point, not just for the band but for the genre of Metal.  Halford's voice is perfect, especially for a guy who is exactly ten years older than I!

Hail the Metal Gods!

Edited at: Saturday, July 05, 2008 10:39:13 AM
[.] Friday, July 04, 2008 8:57:23 PM 
I'm assuming the Wikipedia information is correct about Deep Purple: 
That they played at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, one of the first ever combinations of rock band and classical music.
[.] Friday, July 04, 2008 8:40:36 PM 
I'm not half as aggressive as you think ;) Just express myself rough. 
I've got to say I had my guns pointed at Nostradamus and ready to shoot, especially after the VH1 and Mtv listens but I am completely taken aback with the work done with the synths which I usually despise. I have no problem with the drum work. Ballads are dependent upon mood and the guitar work is not what I wished for, though it is still great and done extremely well. Some more spontaneity (sp?) would be more to my taste in a few places. Deep Purple I think can't so much be judged with today's standards. They were THE band at their time. I love their studio stuff. Between Sabbath and Purple, Purple are my favorite. I don't think they've ever stopped touring and they pre-date Sabbath.
It is because I like good metal that I like this album.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by The original Metallian from Friday, July 04, 2008 4:44:27 PM)
[The original Metallian] Friday, July 04, 2008 4:44:27 PM 
To Where AmI:

I am glad you got past the senseless aggression - I came in to post an aggressive reply, but since you changed your speech let's move on.
Yes, I hate the album but I can listen to 7 songs out of 23 (if we consider the intros). I set my expectations really high when it comes to Priest. No one can do what they do, not even close, so 7 songs out of 23 could be OK for a band that I don't expect much from, like - I don't know - Van Halen. From Priest I expect a lot more than that. And I can "listen" to 7, but so far I enjoy 2 or 3. It all depends on who is releasing the album. That's why I hated Metallica's black album and everything after it. The black album would have been great for an average band, but for Metallica, after showing what they could do in Master and Justice, it was crap.
This is way more than "a ballad here and there" (I like Priest's ballads) - there are songs that don't even have guitars!! (if they do, they sound like synths).
I almost exclusively listen to my CDs in the car - the sound is awesome, I am alone in an enclosed room...this was no exception, but instead of enjoying it I found myself yelling "WHAT THE F**K IS THIS?!?!?" (literally).
I love German metal and Diamond, but I didn't feel any of that here. Sorry.
You seem to like a lot of good metal (mentioning German metal and Diamond) so I really can't understand how you liek this album. But - there is something for everyone in this world, I guess. Again - there were quite a few Priest fans who loved Two and I was banging my head against the wall...

To kit kat:
Very good point! I didn't think of "that" Priest. Songs like the ones you mentioned (Epitaph, Dreamer deceiver, Run of the mill) are by far my least favorites. When I think Priest I think mostly of Stained Class / Hell Bent for Leather and newer. From the first 3 albums I can listen to some songs and I skip the other ones. I guess those are the ones that several people like the most? But in my mind those songs are "to be forgiven" considering the age - new rock band, trying to make their way, find their style, not a lot of music around. Deep Purple's first 3 CDs were also crappy and then they released a masterpiece like In Rock, maybe the heaviest album of its time. So - when certain bands were (in my mind) clueless trying to find their style in the late 60s, early 70s I sort of don't hate their music, I just consider it part of taking your first steps. But Nostradamus is being released quite a few years and albums after that...
[metalmaz] Friday, July 04, 2008 2:08:53 PM 
Another Priest stalinist who think's it's a crime against humanity not to follow the crowd and have a different opinion   
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Where AmI from Friday, July 04, 2008 12:32:59 AM)
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Friday, July 04, 2008 10:24:55 AM 
Duly noted.  I will give them a closer listen and see if I can find what you're referring to.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by kit kat from Friday, July 04, 2008 10:21:54 AM)
[156555464] Friday, July 04, 2008 10:21:54 AM 
 It just reminds me of songs like Epitaph, Run of the Mill, Dreamer Deceiver, songs like that. 
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Darth_Painkiller_0870 from Friday, July 04, 2008 9:41:53 AM)
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Friday, July 04, 2008 9:41:53 AM 
You may have a good point there, kat.  I'll have to go through my Priest collection this afternoon and see if I can find what you're referring to.
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[156555464] Friday, July 04, 2008 7:54:17 AM 
I said this in the other thread, so I'll put it here to.....
I bought the CD a few days ago,,,, is it just me or what.  I hear a lot old style Priest on it.  Even the way Rob sings on the CD,  just reminds of what he sung on the first 3 albums. I have always liked Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings, Sin After Sin.I don't know maybe it's just me.  But I do like it. Everybody's saying that it's a new direction, if you ask me I think they come full circle. 
[Sean_Kim] Friday, July 04, 2008 7:22:15 AM 
[Sean_Kim] Friday, July 04, 2008 7:22:07 AM 

Notradamus was a French philosopher, doctor and a prophet. I think that's why there's some French in a part of the album.

[.] Friday, July 04, 2008 4:57:00 AM 
 I don't understand you. First you say you hate the album, that it is not Priest. Now you "can" listen to a few songs of it....? Judas Priest has always done a ballad here and there, some dubiously metal songs here and there. To me this is Priest like it hasn't been for a long time. I'm not a fan of metal ballads for the most part, they're so easy to detest. I rather have a total massacre for two hours. But since this wasn't meant to be a massacre, I take what I can get out of it which is plenty. Computer speakers don't do justice to the sound. If you got a good sound system in your car, if you have a car, then listen to it going down the highway. My first listen of Nostradamus was like that and the sunset at the time only helped the mood. If the second cd seems like Nostradamus loses some steam, I think it provides a little break from the massacre of the 1st cd. Me, I rather have the spastic guitars, which there is not enough of. I can feel Ian Hill's bass rather well and unlike the first listen online, I think Halford's voice is in good shape, he does a great job. I love the italian opera and the french distorted vocals. There is an overall feeling of german metalness...even somewhat king diamondish. Definitely Black Sabbath. I like how the violin was applied for drama. 
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by The original Metallian from Friday, July 04, 2008 12:47:06 AM)
[Metal god/Electric eye! [Banned]] Friday, July 04, 2008 2:41:07 AM 
[The original Metallian] Friday, July 04, 2008 12:47:06 AM 
Metalmaz, I am totally with you. Other users sort of justify Nostradamus on the basis that Judas needs to change and evolve. These are 2 different things. Like it was said, every single Priest album has been different form the previous one (some more than others - eg: Defenders is not very much different from Screaming, Turbo was a lot different from Defenders, etc) but it all seemed to be part of the evolution and, why not, time passing by. If a band would release today an album like British Steel, it would be out of place. Metal (traditional metal) has changed. Sounds changed. But the band is, with better or worse results, following a path, with ups and downs. But a coherent path.

The only songs that I can listen to from this album are Prophecy, Pestilence, Death, Conquest, Persecution, Nostradamus and Future of mankind. Are they all similar? No. Nostradamus definitely sounds like Painkiller (I ain't complaning!), but Death sounds very different, almost like Black Sabbath. BUT IT IS STILL METAL. Now, songs like Alone, to name one of the many, what genre are they?? Metal?? No. They are - yes, crap.

I guess this dissapointment is only comparable to the one I felt when Metallica released the black album. Atrocious. But I never thought Priest would do something like this.

And I can't understand a real Priest fan enjoying this release. I shouldn't be surprised, since there were also Priest fans that liked Two, and I didn't. But I didn't hate it either, because it wasn't Priest, it was Priest's singer exploring new ways. Not the same case here.
[.] Friday, July 04, 2008 12:32:59 AM 
Buy Nostradamus cheap from "the original metallian": 
he needs money for a Rush tattoo on his ass.   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Skinwalker from Thursday, July 03, 2008 12:28:23 PM)
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[.] Friday, July 04, 2008 12:30:18 AM 

"Why did they do this?"
Hell if I know. 
I understand unhappy fans who vent. Especially in the heat.

You are not an unhappy fan. You're just another dude with enough money in his hands to splurge on tattoos but bitching at how much it cost to buy a cd of his favorite band and so he goes on a tirade of how bad the music is and wondering if he can recoup some of the money spent buying Nostradamus because he doesn't think it's Judas Priest. Though he lurves Turbo and thinks Maiden's Matter of Life and Death is "the best since 1988."

You wouldn't know great metal if it hit you over the head in the shape of a lead sinker.

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[Skinwalker] Thursday, July 03, 2008 2:27:57 PM 
IMO, Nostradamus is certainly a welcome addition to Judas Priest's long legacy even though it's going to take a while for some people to get used to it.
[metalmaz] Thursday, July 03, 2008 2:23:12 PM 
Very true and I don't expect them to turn out the same old thing ago al la AC/DC (much as I like Acca!)

Look how much Rush changed their musical style. It took time, but I like what they did in the 80's and onwards. 

But I am finding Nostra very hard going. 
[Skinwalker] Thursday, July 03, 2008 12:28:23 PM 
A fear that a lot of artists have is that once they have gotten success at a certain level if they grow, change, or do something different, their fans will leave them, hate them, and/or crucify them. Judas Priest are ending up on the recieving end of that judging by what I have read in the forums. Judas Priest are always willing to try something different. They can't give you another British Steel, another Screaming For Vengeance, or even another Painkiller. As for Nostradamus, I haven't listened to the whole album, but I liked what I have heard so far.
[metalmaz] Thursday, July 03, 2008 4:52:01 AM 

On the whole I agree. I don't exactly hate Nostradamus; there are a handfull of good songs, but I have to say that I'm very let down by it. There's no edge, it's samey, it's far too long. I 'm sure that Scott isn't playing on it, they've used a drum machine  

I'm all for groups progressing. I certainly don't expect them to stick to the same format as British Steel.  I really like Angel Of Retribution and even Lochness has grown on me.  

As you say Iron Maiden's BMW and AMOLAD are amongst their best. I also love United Abominations and The System Has Failed. I think the same about Saxon - Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum  is probably their best music to date. Thye've all progressed, but haven't lost their identity like Priest have with this release.

You will get a bollocking for your post - people have been flamed by some (not all) members of this forum for being so wicked and disloyal for daring to post negative comments. 
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by The original Metallian from Thursday, July 03, 2008 12:30:41 AM)
[The original Metallian] Thursday, July 03, 2008 12:30:41 AM 
Hi, everybody -

I haven't posted anything anywhere in so many years...the last time was when Halford was roaming around with Two and I used to post on the Two boards under my nickname "metallian" (hence my new name here).

What drove me to post again after so many years is the need to vent after listening to Nostradamus.

What the f**k where they thinking??? I have SO many feelings about this album, none of them are positive: anger, frustration, dissapointment. I HATE Nostradamus with all my guts. I think it is an insult to the fans. I am 38 years old, I have been listening to metal since I was 8. I have Judas' cross tattooed on my right arm, so I am not exactly a casual fan. I am no "head banger-or-die" either - I love Dream Theater, Queensryche, Maiden and I also like Queen, Pink Floyd, old school jazz (Charlie Parker, Marsalis, Satchmo, West Montgomery, etc). So, all labels apart for us who dislike the album, I think it is horrible. When I want Priest, I want Priest. This is not Priest. I love Painkiller, but I also like Turbo or Point of Entry. Every single previous album was Priest. This is crap.

I have burned myself a Nostradamus compilation with the stuff that I like and I came up with an 8 song, 47 minutes album. I will sell the CD as soon as I can, in order to recoup something out of it (in a couple of months the word will be out and the CD will cost $ 0.99). This will be the first time I don't own a Priest album (I even have bootlegs)

I just don't understand! You don't need to completely change your style and thow your escence away in order to make a conceptual album. What's more, I don't recall any band doing that (Queensryche's OM, Dream Theater's Metropolis 2, Gamma Ray's Land of the Free - they all stuck to their guns). Sme bands some have even released the best albums in their careers when they went for the conceptual. It is not that Judas' members are old either. Maiden's Matter of Life and death (another conceptual, BTW) was their best album since 1988. Megadeth's last 2 are their best since Countdown to extinction.


[Ninja Dragon] Wednesday, July 02, 2008 7:50:23 PM 
I think this album is so-so. Lots of boring slow songs, which make me lose attention fast, but at the same time lots of great songs. The great songs are some of the greatest pieces of perfection JP ever made. I think they should have made a smaller album only which the good songs, that would have been better. But overall, good album.

But I agree with what bullet said: if there's one thing I absolutely love in priest is that, each album, they are a totally different band. And they are still good. They change style, without changing the quality. They don't try to live in the past, they surprise us with every new album.

If you like the new style or don't, it's a matter of personal taste. But fear not, next album they'll come with a totally different thing, that you may or may not like.
[Mericege] Wednesday, July 02, 2008 5:12:17 AM 
The new album just keeps getting better and better...
[metalmaz] Tuesday, July 01, 2008 4:57:29 AM 
Headbanger- the Mugable/Hitler remark wasn't directed as you, the set up of this forum isn't that great, ans doesn't enable you to multi quote in a straight forward manner.
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[Bullet-] Monday, June 30, 2008 8:19:30 PM 
Metalmaz - I have nothing to say about your sense of music.  Your sense of sarcasm is brutal.
[Metal god/Electric eye! [Banned]] Monday, June 30, 2008 7:18:25 PM 

Rock on dude Thats how i feel ilike about 5 tracks,:If that's my destiny than it ought to be so he'll face Future! They will play what we want to hear in concert, I think its what he wants to do next they are not getting any younger!

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Head banger from Monday, June 30, 2008 5:32:14 PM)
[Head banger] Monday, June 30, 2008 5:32:14 PM 

I made no coment on hittler or mugabe.  I think if mugabe could, he might be as bad as hitler, but its the wrong thread.  both are or were shitheads

I dont know if your a casual fan or not, I made a general coment, in reply to someone else.  I observed that there are rabid fans who would say its their best work if rob played the drums, Ian sang, kk played a tamborine...   me, its ok, not great.  Its what they wanted.  thats why I like them.


  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by metalmaz from Monday, June 30, 2008 4:21:13 PM)
[metalmaz] Monday, June 30, 2008 4:21:13 PM 

So because I don't like Nostradamus I'm a casual fan then?

I never said they've "lost their way."  I don't expect them to stay the same. Maiden are making the best music ever 25 years on. So are Megadeth and Saxon. But just becaue I don't stick my nose up Priest's arse and say all their releases are the best music ever , doesn't  mean I don't love them.  And I say the same about many other bands I love such as Maiden, Saxon, Rush etc. They've all released sub standard albums.  And the ones I may think as sub standard, other people like. I respect their beliefs, even if I don't agree with them 

What I was trying to highlight is the idiots who tore into the fans who made negative remarks about Nostradamus. I was talking about them and not Priest fans. But you're not intelligent enought to work that out .

The point about Mugabe (tongue in cheek) was a reaction to the venom of some of the people  who really laid into them. 

However if you think that that Mugabe quip makes me worse than Hitler, you can't think Hitler is that bad?  Have you actually met any Jews or seen some of the programmes about the death camps. Were you dropped on your head as a baby?

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[Drums01] Monday, June 30, 2008 2:05:23 PM 
I have enjoyed every Priest album. Never once disliked a song. Nostradamus in my eyes is a masterpiece. It is epic as hell. I am glad that the Priest took it to a whole new level. Taking it to an "opratic" approach. Priest has always took metal in a new direction but in a good way. Good stuff! 
[Head banger] Monday, June 30, 2008 1:17:02 PM 

I agree.  Thats probably the biggest priest success, and their biggest failure, the variety.  the rabid die hard fan will buy anything they do.  the casual fan, isnt guaranteed to like everything.  someone like me, a "solid" fan, who loves the band, will buy most things they put out, but not everything.
I dont like Rocka rolla.  lots of fans dont like turbo, but to me, the fact that they branch out, grow and evolve is why I like them the most.
they didnt change to folow a trend, or to make money, they changed because they wanted to.

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Bullet- from Monday, June 30, 2008 12:46:20 PM)
[Bullet-] Monday, June 30, 2008 12:46:20 PM 
Here's the thing.  Judas Priest has made albums that were a product of what they were experiencing and writing at the time.  Each album is distinctly different from all their previous work.  It can be  frustrating as a fan and some lose interest with the new directions.  I personally didn't like the albums that were written with a specific market in mind (Point of Entry for the US and Turbo for pop metal).  The thing is, they challenge their fans to broaden their thinking on what metal is and where it can go.  People can criticize the  Nostradamus all they like.  I've heard people say it's too long, that it's boring, that the production and sound are sub par.  All of these things are valid for a band whose objective was to sell as many albums as possible.  I'm guessing that all of the objections raised on this board and others were raised inside Epic records before release.  It looks like the band got their way this time because of their success in the past.
So we have Nostradamus, a bold new direction for the band.  Like always, some fans will hate it and some will love it.  The ones who love it will defend it like it was one of their children.  I personally love the album and admire the band for taking a risk where they could have easily churned out another Painkiller or Angel and cashed cheques.  For those that don't like the album, fine, listen to British Steel and lament about how JP has lost its way.  Better yet, go out and buy the album of more "reliable" artists, like ACDC, Def Leppard and Aerosmith.  Just don't think that you are the only person that really knows about the quality of the album.  Mugabe supporters? Anybody that says that about Judas Priest supporters is worse than Hitler.
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