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[Tephra Rising] Saturday, June 21, 2008 8:06:01 PM 

For Spapad:

We......don't wanna belong.....
We said all along.....
We just wanna be.......
Left Alone!!!

[SCABBARDS REST] Saturday, June 21, 2008 7:44:54 PM 
I don't have a favorite yet, but I like 'Alone' alot!
[SCABBARDS REST] Saturday, June 21, 2008 7:42:31 PM 
Yeah it's been a good while! How thing's going? Just got back from Niagara Falls last week after the Maiden show in Cleveland. That f*#kin' rocked! The Falls was great but the city around it looks like it was bombed!! LOL!! I can't believe it. It was awesome growing up there. If the Casino wasn't there, nobody else would be either. Anyway, glad to be back on the board here. Nostradamus is great!! Are you going to Molson Center to see them? I'm going to the Pittsburgh show...
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[spapad] Saturday, June 21, 2008 5:28:10 PM 
It is a great one isn't it!
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[Brent 27744] Saturday, June 21, 2008 5:25:48 PM 
Spapad: I agree. "Alone" is my favorite song on the album.
[Bulldawg] Saturday, June 21, 2008 3:41:25 PM 
Before I bought and listened to Nostradamus, I checked some early reviews.  Some good, some not so good.   Last night, I played it for the first time, and from beginning to end, and I cranked it baby.  Normally, it takes me a few times of playing the whole cd to really start to enjoy it.  But not this time.  This cd is spectacular.  The sound is huge.   There is so much going on, you just sit there and say to yourself that no other metal band, and very few bands in general, have put together such a surrounding wall of music on one cd.  I can't believe some of the bad reviews out there.  One moron even referred to mediocre albums like Hell Bent and British Steel.  That goes to show you how ridiculous some people are, to call those two classics mediocre.  I will say, this album is not like anything they have ever done.  Doesn't sound anything like SWOD.  The sound is much "thicker" and heavier here.  Lost Love is Before The Dawn taken to a new level.  A truly beautiful song.   I could go on and on.  Give it a chance, you'll see.  Judge for yourself and do not listen to any reviews at all!
[spapad] Saturday, June 21, 2008 1:18:54 PM 
Help! I have developed a nervous twitch. I am unable to keep my finger from hitting the repeat button at the end of Alone! I know there is great music to follow but my finger just keeps hitting repeat. Hopefully it's not a permanent condition?
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[\m/ Metal Maniac \m/] Saturday, June 21, 2008 10:58:10 AM 
Dare I say this is the best Priest album to date?
[Brent 27744] Saturday, June 21, 2008 9:32:25 AM 

After listening to Nostradamus many times, I think it's a very good album. I'd be lying if I said every song grabs me or that I think it's a masterpiece. But I really appreciate Priest trying something different and using new sounds. I like the moody, gothic sounds, the mid-tempo, and Halford's restrained voice--gives the album some soul. "Alone" is my favorite, and I also like "War," "Conquest," "Persecution," and "Exiled." I will add these 5 to my Priest favorites. 

[sergiodefenders] Friday, June 20, 2008 10:37:30 PM 
This record make feel PROUD about my favorite band. It's a fucking Masterpice, It's the way I see it. Nostradamus is a long travel to past,  I mean the prophet's life and 70's Priest, reminds Sin after Sin or SWOD, guess what!!, I knew this would happening, there was not way to make a conceptual album about Nostradamus. Rob' vocal range is low but majestic, almost opheratic.., I loved Nostradamus, I hope that band will performing entire it in this tour, Judas, I'm Looking forward the gig in Santiago, Chile!!...

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[Bluddy Hell] Friday, June 20, 2008 12:53:26 PM 
Nostradamus is an amazing work of art. Who could have ever imagined so many musical effects and rich orchestral movements mixed with heavy metal guitars. I am completely blown is a metal masterpiece- of epic proportions.

I think it would be awesome to make this album into a feature length film, not unlike Pink Floyd's "The Wall", but bigger and heavier!!
[156555464] Friday, June 20, 2008 12:14:59 PM 
I may not have the cd. But I did hear  to most of the songs from the cd. It's not that hard to figure out. You don't have to listen to the whole cd from begining to end to get a feel for it. It sounds like  the old stuff.   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by GRINDER * from Friday, June 20, 2008 11:04:42 AM)
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[GRINDER *] Friday, June 20, 2008 11:04:42 AM 

Nostradamus it's an album to listen to from the beginning to the end, you can't speak about a single song because one"bring" you to the other.
To me it's a melodic and powerfull album.
Defend The Faith


[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Friday, June 20, 2008 8:15:32 AM 
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[Head banger] Friday, June 20, 2008 7:14:53 AM 
true, he doesnt have the range rob does, never did, but a great voice, then and now.
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[DMAN66] Friday, June 20, 2008 4:13:27 AM 
                                I GOT THE CD LAST NIGHT BUT DID NOT GET A CHANCE 
BOOK....   STILL DEFENDING THE FAITH !!     DMAN66                   
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Friday, June 20, 2008 3:25:53 AM 

But Dio only stays within and has never gone as high as Halford has been known for.  They are simply not the same class of singer.  Halford's got more in common with Bruce Dickinson and Geoff Tate with regards to vocal abilities than he does with Ronnie James Dio.

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[156555464] Friday, June 20, 2008 2:04:13 AM 
I haven't got the cd yet. But I am listening to some of the songs from youtube.  I think that Priest just went back to the old style.  If you haven't been a fan for long time you probably won't  {well I shouldn't say won't} but will have a hard time with the new cd.   That's  the style they started with. I like what I am hearing. Just reminds me of the old days. If you think of the song Dreamer Deceiver, That's what the new cd reminds me of. { I am listening to the song Alone} Alone has a lot of elements of Dreamer Deceiver. But this is just my opinion. I love the old stuff. Also Epitaph, comes to mind.  If you havent heard the old stuff, you should go and listen to it. You'll find the it sounds similar. So they aren't really doing anything that is new to them. Most of the young fans aren't familiar with the old stuff. So they are going to question it. The use of a piano, is nothing new or acoustic guitars.
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:49:06 PM 

Iam 8 miles outside Glacier Nat Park! But only until next Wed.. Then Iam moving to Winnipeg Canada, Actually a little North of the city!

Iam going to bed.. I have been batteling a migtain all day!

Talk to you later

Take care



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[Tephra Rising] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:41:01 PM 
Thanks MG.......I suppose my ever-so-slowly-receding hairline and more gray may give me away, but I still think of myself as young.  I am definitely not my dad at 40.  (He never liked Priest or metal, the poor sap, but that was his loss.)  Whereabouts in MT are you?
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:37:03 PM 

LMAO @  Middle age comment!


I agree with youre comment's about the CD!

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[Tephra Rising] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:35:14 PM 
JT......with respect, THIS 40-year-old (and if anybody calls me middle-aged I'll kick their ass) thinks it's fantastic that the boys in Priest are thinking outside of the metal box (again).  I have been rocking to the heavy sounds of Priest for almost 30 of my 40 years on this planet.  "Nostradamus" is not British Steel or Screaming or Sad Wings and anyone who's been paying attention should have already known that.  I think it's a great album and everything the band promised it would be.  Again, I know I've said it before, I think this album, maybe more than any of the others, demonstrates just what incredible musicians these guys really are.  This is still very heavy listen, as tracks like War, Conquest, the title track and others will prove.  Sure, we'd all love another fix of Screaming Part IV or Defenders Part III or whatever, but different can be a good thing, too.  I think it's a HUGE credit to Priest to come forth with a musical accomplishment like this, especially if it does in fact land them in or near the Billboard Top 10.  Not to mention these guys have been in the biz since I was in diapers....and four decades later they're still at the top of their game.  No bitching about the new CD from me, it's all good. 
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:25:21 PM 
excellent!  I wonder how many people called in sick to go out and buy the cd and stay home & kick back and listen to it .. LOL
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[Head banger] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:19:48 PM 
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[Head banger] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:14:58 PM 

dio still has it.  saw H&H last year, awesome.

But, last I saw rob he did quite well, and some more chalenging songs.


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[METAL MELTDOWN] Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:59:19 PM 
I have still not listened to the whole thing but I couldnt disagree with MYSELF from a few days ago, more!  I am hearing a lot of different shades to this music and hearing different things each time I listen to the few I have listened to.  I will devote time Saturday to the whole recording and I can safely say now towards myself....Open mouth, insert foot!!!! This is a great recording!  
[METAL MELTDOWN] Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:53:56 PM 
RICK....Been a while.  How ya been?  Buffalo's just as shitty as ever!!! lol
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[SCABBARDS REST] Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:06:26 PM 

I hear shades of Stained Class and Sad Wings of Destiny throughout Nostradamus, especially Rob's haunting expressive vocals and the mid-tempo doom of the guitars. But at the same time it's fused with the heaviness and depth of modern Metal. A very difficult and convincing feat!! I've only listened to it sparingly so far and I'm blown away! I can't wait to really dig into it several times. It's definitely NOT background music as someone already mentioned. I sat down last night with my fav beverages and really got into it. So far I rank it in the top six Priest releases! Maybe higher later..

[Healer] Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:57:25 PM 
It's about time! They so deserve it
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[Mr. Dave Genocide] Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:00:06 AM 

JUDAS PRIEST's 'Nostradamus' Headed For U.S. Top 10 Debut - June 19, 2008

According to Hits Daily Double (the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS), JUDAS PRIEST's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", is poised to sell around 50,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release for a likely Top 10 debut on The Billboard 200 chart. If "Nostradamus" does in fact crack the Top 10, it will give the band its highest-ever career chart position in the U.S.

JUDAS PRIEST's last CD, "Angel of Retribution", opened with 58,000 copies back in March 2005 to debut at No. 13.

The following are the peak U.S. chart positions for the PRIEST catalog:

#13 - "Angel of Retribution" (2005)
#165 - "Demolition" (2001)
#82 - "Jugulator" (1997)
#155 - "Metalworks" (1993)
#26 - "Painkiller" (1990)
#31 - "Ram It Down" (1988)
#38 - "Priest Live" (1987)
#17 - "Turbo" (1986)
#18 - "Defenders of the Faith" (1984)
#17 - "Screaming for Vengeance" (1982)
#39 - "Point of Entry" (1981)
#34 - "British Steel" (1980)
#70 - "Unleashed in the East" (1979)
#128 - "Hell Bent for Leather" (1978)
#178 - "Stained Class" (1978)

JUDAS PRIEST's most successful album to date is 1982's "Screaming For Vengeance", which spent 53 weeks on the Billboard charts, receiving gold RIAA sales certification on October 29, 1982, platinum on April 18, 1983 and double platinum October 16, 2001. The album included the band's only U.S. top 100 hit single, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'".

Other million-seller RIAA certifications for JUDAS PRIEST are "Priest Live" (October 29, 2001), "Turbo" (July 24, 1989), "Defenders of the Faith" (September 26, 1988), "British Steel" (August 9, 1989) and "Unleashed in the East" (November 10, 1989).

JUDAS PRIEST also has gold albums certifications (500,000 sales) for "Stained Class" (November 10, 1989), "Hell Bent For Leather" (November 10, 1989), "Point of Entry" (November 10, 1989), "Ram It Down" (July 18, 1988) and "Painkiller" (January 2, 1991).

In the band's home country of the U.K., 1980's "British Steel" remains their most successful outing, peaking at No. 4 in the charts and launching three hit singles: "Living After Midnight", which peaked at No. 12; "Breaking The Law" No. 12 and "United" No. 26.

[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:50:21 AM 
I received my Deluxe Edition Tuesday, and immediately popped it into my laptop (I hooked in my external speakers for better quality sound).  I am very much impressed by the production and the musicianship exhibited.  Rob's vocals are incredible.  I know the man can't scream like he did in his golden years, but seriously, who can?  Robert Plant sure as hell can't, and in fact I think only Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is the only one left out of the creme de la creme of top notch vocalists from the 80's who still can.  But I don't let that deter from what I think of the songwriting.  Overall, I think it's masterful and very well done (albeit with a couple Spinal Tap-like moments).  

Like a few you, I agree that CD1 is much more heavier than the second disc.  However, I think the uniqueness of that 2nd CD is what makes this such a special album.  Pestilence and Plague, Death, Prophecy, and Nostradamus are the tracks which stand out the most to me.  While I know there are plenty of you who don't care for the acoustic guitars and synths and those interludes between the main tracks, I personally enjoy them and love how everything is tied in so the album flows seamlessly!  

All in all, an incredible CD.  9 out of 10. 
[JT_Small_Deadly_Space] Thursday, June 19, 2008 6:38:42 AM 
Its always the same, middle aged dudes who are over 30,40 tend to hate the new stuff cause they are stuck in a rut of listening to what they perceive to be metal or the sound of Judas Priest. (Not all over 30's i may add so no offence) Well they have tried something different and i personally think it is great to see them doing something bold and refreshing. As for vocals, Halford is getting old and you really can't slate him for that but i think his singing voice is still very much in tact and awesome as always. If you were a fan of the band and cared about them at all as a fan you would have said something on the lines of this, "I don't really like the new album, however i really admire what they tried to do but it just isn't my cup of tea". But you took it a step too far and have made a mockery of Priest. Something tells me that you haven't had the time to listen to it more than once either, the tracks start to sound better after a few listens.   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by DemonCat from Saturday, June 14, 2008 5:57:15 PM)
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[jerZgirl] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:41:40 PM 
I loved the new album...its a strange concept that acutally works and they do tell a story.  I normally don't like instrumentals on heavy metal albums, however, this was so amazing (and fit with the other songs) that it sounded like a movie soundtrack. 

I liked both CDs equally for different reasons...disc 2 was a little slower, but I LOVE the song Visions, and the title track of course.   The first disc was a lot heavier.  But i loved everything!  I'm a happy camper!  
[Vaillant 3.0] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 5:10:41 PM 
Well...I just finished hearing both CDs. Here's my first impression (it might change as I listen to the album some more):

CD#1: I really enjoyed the first CD, with Dawn of Creation, Prophecy, Peace, Sands of Time, Persecution, Revelations and Death being my favorites. I thought of the album as a musical with only the music, and I could come up with the situation that is going on during the instrumental interludes in my mind. 
In a way, the small interludes between the major songs gave the impression of Nostradamus' life happening within the Renaissance period (with the string instruments and everything). The synthesizers give it a futuristic touch, which I thought was pretty cool, as it is about the prophet. 

CD#2: The second CD was a little too slow for me, but Exile, New Beginnings, Nostradamus, and Future of Mankind stand out in this second CD as my favorites. Alone was too repetitive IMO, especially near the end, and I didn't like Visions too much. Calm Before the Storm and the rest of the songs help pick up the pace in the end. 

Overall, while a little slow in some parts (in music and lyrics), the album is great and I enjoyed the musical journey the band took me through the life and prophecies of Nostradamus, and I hope to listen to it some more. It probably won't be my #1 favorite, but I'll listen to it when I feel like going through a musical journey.
I give it an 8.5/10!
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:28:48 PM 
Hi Meltdown, Hey Darryn..LOL  

I do like the new cd the more I listen and understand it!

Have a great day.
[J.D. DIAMOND] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:23:13 PM 

Well, I do think that it's better than Turbo,Ram It Down,Jugulator and Demolition.....out of 16 studio albums JP has done now...Nostradamus comes in at #12 in my opinion. There are 11 LPs that top this,but it is very well put together and very excellent/powerful piece of music...just not one of my faves.

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[ZaNMaTo] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:11:10 PM 

The lyrics are equally amazing as the music. Just takes some thought, it's a brilliant conceptual piece along with obviously good music.

I posted an analasis on the first 11 songs. If you doubt the lyrical prowess of this album check it out.

[j-rock] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:47:03 PM 
My husband picked us up both the hardbound book & the standard cd versions at BestBuy, first thing yesterday morning!     First opportunity I had, I downloaded the cds onto my iPod (I will get to listen to some of it on the commute home later on today), and also ordered up the complimentary gig tickets.    

Wow, it's really awesome that Priest is doing this for the fans, in this economic crunch-time!     This is the first time for me that I got free tix with purchase of a cd!  I spread the news around to my friends who haven't bought tickets to the gig yet.  

Can't wait to listen to the epic! in full!   I'm sure my husband will be blaring it out of his car this weekend & beyond. 
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:47:29 PM 
LOL @ Meltdown.. I know what mean.. I wasnt sure about some of the stuff on the cd.. but after I have listend to it.. more than once.. I really like some of the songs alot better.. the second time around.. The one song that did jump out for me was Alone.. I liked it the first time I heard it..

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[METAL MELTDOWN] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:33:21 PM 
OK.....I am not about to sit and rate each one of these songs especially since at present I am only half way thru the song Death but I have to say that I somewhat recant what I stated the other day about not liking this too much.

I, so far, will NOT call it my favorite Priest recording.  that will forever belong to Painkiller but I AM listening to a powerful piece of music.  Lyrically, I am going to side, somewhat, with what Necro has been saying.  Lyrically to me its a bit silly and would have faired better with a different subject matter, but over all, what I have heard is excellent...........
[daniel bissonnette] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:20:30 AM 

Well i got it yesterday ,and i say you got a piece of metal history right there ,yes its diffrent ,but how many times have they changed from one album to the other? ,many times and they always managed to please us the preists fan ,this time they did it again ,instead of turning in circles like many other bands they go forward,i v been a fan since 79/80 ,and by the looks of things i will be for a loooong time ,i just love what they did with the keyboards and syth guitars ,it also seems to me like they v put some songs that reminds you of almost every album s they did before and yet its diffrent ,i love it

[The Metallian] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 7:00:35 PM 

I think that this album is awesome!

I only heard the 2 samples on this site til today when i got to buy it!I love Robs voice he finally sings for a change and not screaming much!The whole thing is awesome!Great job and it is worth the wait that is for sure!

The Metallian

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[scaryman] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 6:45:22 PM 
Well said!!!....this is exactly what happened with maiden when they played "A matter of life and death" in it's entirety....and people complain cause there's not enough of their now they're doing this show with their classic songs....and people complain cause there's nothing new. 
This just confirms one of my little sayings:
"you can only please half the people at any one time.... so you might as well please the half that pleases yourself!"
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[codynstuff] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 6:17:14 PM 
I love this album, I don't even know how many times I've listened to it today. I am in awe of Robs new vocal style. It doesn't have to many of those high pitched screams of might that were used to, but his new style is so oprahtic. And then the musical portion of it, I say kudos to Glenn, K.K., Ian, and Scott. It really shows the bands maturity, and how they've grown as musicians. I love how each song gives off a different effect, weather its the very doom sounding (for lack of a better term) War, through the transition from Sands of Time into Pestilence and Plague which I thought sounded incredible, to the song Alone which gives me chills every time I listen to it, up to the fast paced Nostradamus, I have to say that this is a masterpiece. It has some of the older priest elements, like Visions reminds me of 80's priest, Nostradamus reminds me of the Painkiller days. I think the album in a way goes through there career musically. It starts off slow and then for me really comes out in the song Pestilence and Plague, reminding me of how British Steel put them on the map. And then eventually get to Nostradamus, which like I said before was like painkiller up through Angel of Retribution. Than of course is the Future of Mankind, well I guess I'll have to wait for that one. This is my view on the new album, fantastic job guys, couldn't be more impressed.
[Turbo Lover] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 6:09:44 PM 
This CD is absolutely incredible, and it's only my first listen. This new direction is fresh and exciting. All five members demonstrate superior musicianship and writing on this CD. It is however disappointing to hear so may cry about the change. These are probably the same individuals that bitch about the same songs being played live, and when the band grows and tries something new bitch again. The band is getting older and we will probably only have this CD and tour and maybe one more go around before they call it a career. Enjoy it while it lasts as there are by far the greatest band ever and have always tried to pave the way with experiments and sounds. Hopefully a few more listens and they will begin to enjoy this record and realize what Priest have accomplished. This CD ranks right behind Sad Wings and Ram It Down for Priest's best record!! Congratulations to the band on their efforts. You have created an masterpiece and should be extremely proud!!!
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[Painkiller87] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 5:10:01 PM 
Alright! I have the album and I must say it is quite impressive and listening just to the first two track on it it makes one be in awe of its atmosphere. I like a different approach to a genre every so often and this is an excellent album put out by Judas Priest. It reminds me if Epica's Divine Conspiracy album was melded with Judas Priest's Sad Wings of Destiny album and it is just mindblowing in some parts. I need to listen to it some more to really let it grow on me and pick out my favorites. Plus I got the full box set at Best Buy and is an awesome collector's edition. What does everyone else think so far? I'll be off to work but will be back on when I get home. Talk to everyone in a little bit!
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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 12:59:38 PM 
Well as in every new cd.. I must say.. there are songs I love.. and song that I just like.. I cannot say I do-not like the album.. It is different from The Priest we are/ were used to.. But change is good.. I dont mind what I have heard so far!!!!!!!! Iam still istening to it!!!!!!!!!!!

Glenn And KK sound great.. Scott sounds awesome on the drums.. And I feel Rob's voice is sounding very good.. Ian is sounding great too..  

Remember,, these guys are-not kids anymore.. LOL.. ( maybe at heart).. So what they have done with this album.. I feel is great!.. I dont mind the difference.. They will always be my Judas Priest.... Forever..
[nathan0212] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 12:46:17 PM 
A fantastic album, one of Priest's best albums. It's definetly up there with AOR, Painkiller and Sad Wings. Speaking of Sad Wings, I must say that a lot of the songs on this album do remind me of that album. It's probably to do with the  tempo. In short this album is a masterpiece. Rob's vocals are epic, especially on Exiled, Pestilence and Plague and Death. Glenn and KK's guitar work is as good as ever, they are fantastic at making even the slow songs sound quite heavy. Ian has finally had a chance to shine! The bass is very prominent in a lot of the songs and it's fantastic as I think that Ian has taken the back seat for too long! Scott's drumming is top notch as always, especially, of course, on the title track. Using interludes and preludes was a fantastic idea. It makes the whole album flow and on mnay occasions it sent shivers down my spine especially when Shadows in The Flame links to Visions and when The Four Horsemen links to War. 

Before I got the album (I refused to listen to it online :P) I had read quite a few negative reviews of the album, but I think that Nostradamus' critics have been proven wrong! This album is a triumph and is at least Priest's 3rd best album (I still can't decide what order AOR, Nostradamus and Sad Wings should be in lol) WELL DONE JUDAS PRIEST ON AN OUTSTANDING ALBUM AND A FANTASTIC SHOW AT DOWNLOAD 2008!

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[METAL MELTDOWN] Monday, June 16, 2008 3:35:07 PM 
I think this albums is all going to boil down to an individuals "cup of tea" and weather of not Nostradamus is the correct flavor of tea for said individual....
[Screamin' Demon] Monday, June 16, 2008 3:17:55 PM 
Amen to that. Safe to say "As metal as it gets"
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[Vinther] Monday, June 16, 2008 2:29:15 PM 
It's probably the best metal album ever
[chiefmegadeth] Monday, June 16, 2008 1:25:31 AM 
I freaking Love it!
1st time i listened to it i didn't like it much
But now OMG it ROCKS!!!!
Im so loving it
Im not afraid to say it,some songs made me cry!
very touching.
hit me were it should
some awesome riffige and solos
Rob Halfords vocals are wicked

Also i thrashing it while playing xbox 360 and loving it

im 29 years young been listening to Judas priest for about 7years
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[seely] Sunday, June 15, 2008 6:09:49 AM 

Honstly, this album nears perfection. It's definately better than Angel Of Retribution, and IMO has got to be in the top  all time great Priest albums. The word 'epic' doesnt come close, it's just so grand and majestic. The guitars are used to maximum effect, Rob's lyrics and vocal delivery excellently front the music, and the keyboards, which could easily have messed the record up, are excellently used to enhance the songs without feeling cheesy.

In short: IT RULES!!!!

[Screamin' Demon] Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:35:15 PM 
This album is pure perfection. EVERY band member cranked it up this time, those raspy notes, and higher pitched, along with opera singing...from Rob, with KK's aggressive shredding and wailing guitar, Glenn topping guitaring off with his melodic soulful sound, Ian's bass more prominent this time...thundering hard, and Scott's drums sledgehammering better than ever ranging from cool grooviness to intense double bass assault.
Edited at: Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:36:04 PM
[DemonCat] Saturday, June 14, 2008 5:57:15 PM 
I just may decide to get my $42 worth, that I paid for the deluxe Nostradamus CD, 2 cents worth of bitching at a time. I have been a fan since 1986. I own, and love every album,  from Rocka Rolla through Angel of Retribution. Excluding the ones with Tim Owens singing (that was never JP to me). Plus T-shirts, a clock, posters, concert tickets, tour book, and other I've supported the band as the fan I am should. I certainly have a right to my opinion, and will share it when, and where I feel, if you don't like what I have to say...ignore me.

 Now you owe me $10.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Diamond Jim from Saturday, June 14, 2008 11:51:54 AM)
[Diamond Jim] Saturday, June 14, 2008 11:51:54 AM 

Why don't you take your 2 cents & go somewhere else to bash the Metal Gods.

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[Diamond Jim] Saturday, June 14, 2008 11:37:56 AM 
Yeah man!! This is a big time CD!! Rob and the boys sound better than ever!!!

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by IceMan (The Northen Warrior) from Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:55:18 AM)
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Saturday, June 14, 2008 11:10:42 AM 
Ice man.. There you are.. lol  I was wondering how you were.. I saw that there was a earthquake.. there a few weeks back..

Glad to see ya~..
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by IceMan (The Northen Warrior) from Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:55:18 AM)
[IceMan (The Northen Warrior)] Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:55:18 AM 
I love it I think it is their best album ever

[DemonCat] Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:46:09 AM 
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one J-I-R. I feel let down by Nostradamus. I've already preordered the deluxe edition, and I fear it will become a dust collector in my collection, but in my collection it will be.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Judas-Is-Rising from Saturday, June 14, 2008 12:03:53 AM)
[DemonCat] Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:41:11 AM 
Most people have 2 cents worth to add to a conversation. Your brain's in debt DJ, and now you owe me $5 for that comment. I have no faith in being able to don't let it happen again.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Diamond Jim from Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:29:41 AM)
[Diamond Jim] Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:29:41 AM 
"Go listen to Alice Cooper" Now that deserves an 8 smiley laugh! !!!
Yes he sounds the same because he never sounded very good from the beginning!!!! Has never done anything close to Rob Halford. Rob Halford's vocals on Nostradamus crush  Alice Cooper like a bug crawling around on the floor. Yes Rob is older, so give him a break! No one sounds as good in their 50's as they do in their 20's or 30's. Heart????  Sound as good as they did in the 70's? I don't think so.

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[Screamin' Demon] Saturday, June 14, 2008 12:03:53 AM 
Well his voice sounds really great on the album. I like his raspy, and opera vocals, he sounds very badass on this album, without overblowing it.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by DemonCat from Friday, June 13, 2008 11:38:52 PM)
[DemonCat] Friday, June 13, 2008 11:38:52 PM 
 "Rob's vocals are some of the best I have heard"

Dude grab a copy of Sad Wings Of Destiny, and say that...I dare ya! 

"and his lower range rasp is much more prominent on this album."
Rob's mid to low ranged vocals are all he has left, and that rasp in his voice is age dude!

I'm blown away at the praise he's getting for sounding old! LMFAO

If Nostradamus is the best they can put out...then they need to retire IMO!

Go listen to Alice Cooper, or Heart...they sound the same after all these years, or better stilll...listen to Turbo for synthesized Judas Priest that kicks ass better than Nostradamus! 

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[Screamin' Demon] Friday, June 13, 2008 9:24:30 PM 
I just listened to the CD. There's some gold stuff on there. Very diverse in style, including synthesised guitars, symphony, choir, accoustic guitars, synthesiser guitars, asides the normal guitars. Music quality is superb and mindblowing, a very powerful sounding record. Rob's vocals are some of the best I have heard and his lower range rasp is much more prominent on this album.  The drums are heavy and perfect, again showing diversity from groovy simple beats, to technical and double bass. Favourite songs include Dawn Of Creation / Prophecy, Awakening / Revelations, The Four Horsemen / War, Death, Peace / Conquest, Persecution, Shadows In The Flame / Visions, Calm Before The Storm / Nostradamus so far. With that said, in loving 8/14 tracks at first proper listen of the album, this is set to be one of their best albums. Very epic, my respect for Judas Priest has only grown, for their effort to do something very new, fresh, something off their typical style and yet so right for such a band to tackle. To hear them play the entire album live next year will be killer.
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[Highway For Metal] Friday, June 13, 2008 5:47:33 PM 
Welcome to Metal Invader  

Judas Priest - Nostradamus

(Sony/Epic) Total Time : 105:10 aprox.

    Again, like the last time (worldwide 3rd), Metal invader, is proud to present you with a review of JUDAS PRIEST latest opus, almost before anyone else, and trust me - we're not basing this on predictions baby!!! ((Just like we did with the latest Whitesnake and Dio (worldwide 1st’s).)

    Priest decided to create their first concept album, based on the life and works of the famous French, Doctor/Seer Michel de Nostredame, better known with the Latinized version of his name as Nostradamus.

    “Nostradamus”, is both predictably and unpredictably, what people would expect it to be.

    For many that would be a recipe for disaster, but Priest manage to pull off the task, with their dignity intact, and without going to much into Spinal Tap territory, although comparisons are not completely out of the picture...

    There are all those trademarks that characterize the sound of priest, along with many, beautiful intros and melodies. There are orchestrations and musical orations that would otherwise sound a bit out of place, but the band has managed to embody them to their sound seamlessly.

    The nature of the project - makes it a bit - hard to fathom, as never before have Priest attempted something similar, to such an extent. I mean, previously there have been songs that would describe the story of a character, but would do so - within the context of one song. Now, the same thing happens for the entirety of an album that takes a look into the life and prophesies of Nostradamus.

    Still, something that worked so perfectly well, in "Beyond the realms of Death" for instance - here is worn a little thin at times, but the band manages to avoid this being a horrible snooze-fest, quite gracefully . On the other hand - the sheer duration of the album - which is a little shy off 2 hours - makes it a bit long winded and while it’s not tiresome – you’ll need to be able to give it the time it deserves - to reap the aural rewards.

    Then one has also got to consider - that there are a lot more prominent keyboards, pianos, acoustic guitars and the like - in many places - that give the material a quite different "accent" - even though the sound remains unmistaken ably - the trademark "Priest" sound.

    The easiest way for me to describe the new album, is to call it the natural successor to "Angel of Retribution" from a songwriting point of view, with overall lengthier songs, a more serious tone, daring use of orchestrations that the band hasn't used previously - resulting in a very interesting album with lots of light and shade, drama, melody and emotion, in a way that reflects the life of the man himself, a man who tried to stay alive - in the midst of plague and minor personal tragedies and managed to become a legend for his "prophecies"...

    As it happens - most of the song titles are also quite reflective and indicative of the songs mood and pace, and there's a great spectrum of feelings, and moods that are being displayed here, in an almost cinematic/theatrical fashion.

    From the beginning and for nearly the next 2 hours the listener is engrossed, in a mesmerizing trip, through the fascinating (?) life of Nostradamus. A matter that quite a few people have taken an interest in, in fact Nikolo Kotzev, the mastermind behind Brazen Abbot, must have been the first to produce a complete opera out of it, in the truest sense of the word, as there are multiple roles, sung by multiple singers on his version. In “Nostradamus”, the Priest album, there's definitely variety, but mostly through Rob's delivery, who still impresses, with its expressional range, although slightly mars things in places, with some rather "over-sung" passages, where he attempts to really go for an operatic-quasi classical, voice, that just sounds a bit eerie .... Then again I suppose - it might add a bit more to the "atmosphere“ of the album, and some choirs.

    The way the album is structured, is a bit interesting, it's more like one huge song, with sort of clearly distinguishable parts rather than 23 different pieces of music. I mean - I could not really sit down and listen to a single song - and not help feeling incomplete by the experience. The songs are meant to be taken as a whole series and the interludes/intros, even though sounding like a daft idea on paper, help bring the whole thing to life, in quite an original way. I 'll be even a bit of a "blasphemer" saying that the title track is probably, one of the songs that didn’t quite impress me, in not the notion that it's bad - it's pretty good actually, but it’s just typical, it's one of the most typical songs on offer here - embellished with a few new ideas. Other songs are just far more adventurous!

    What really is great about Nostradamus, is the sort of extravagance, but at the same time, the fact that the band manages to avoid, self-parody or tiring the listener. There's a lot of bombast, there are typical parts, instantly recognizable as priest and then there's the operatic/theatric element, all fused quite well together and fashioned into something rather new and quite exciting. It's very important - to listen to the album with a fresh pair of will be far more endearing, so I will try not to spoil things for you too much....

    The album begins with an interesting introduction in an impeccable priest fashion, yet like you've never heard before. “Prophecy” is really great. Generally the atmosphere is mysterious and pompous, and there are a lot of menacing parts, along with more reserved heavier moments, in the sort of darker and more epic moments of the album, The Four Horsemen - "War" being a good example. Sands Of Time - "Pestilence And Plague" that follows is an impressive song (?)with an almost operatic quality. Rob just shines here.... it's rather long winded including the intro, but overall very impressive - very interesting indeed! (Some people might need to take a cold shower during this one - ehm, prepare your selves for a bit of surprise, and no - not a nasty one - not the ripper, or if you like jack the knife....) The album gets even heavier and more atmospheric - atmospheric not in the silly Goth-metal cliched way, we're talking about really gothic arrangements here, really massive, metallic, and dark almost sinister stuff in places that resonates the bands great passion and show some depth and a real “theatrical” quality.

    There's more agony, pain and grandeur in the following few passages and songs such as “Death” for instance or “Persecution”. But light comes out of black, and there are more transitional moments and a bit of balance comes in... "Lost Love" is a quite emotional song... and one of my favorites here. The music follows the man's story and it takes unexpected twists and turns, meta(l)morphosing, through more atmospheric and still more operatic-yet-metallic moments. Shadows In The Flame - "Visions" is another great, interesting moment, and Hope - "New Beginnings" sort of evens things out but at the same time builds up at the same time, for Calm Before The Storm - "Nostradamus" already - a known quantity from the freely available download single, (a smart move I may add) which is a bizarre little tune, starting up in a mellow way, then Rob, does a monologue , before double bass drums - herald a rather muted scream - showing that time and tours have taken their toll on good old Rob, who still manages though to Deliver the "Goods", somehow. From then on - and not withstanding the occasional orchestration or prominent keyboard part or solo, (a rather new element for priests music, to feature keyboards/piano so prominently) it's typical Priest fare, much in the fashion of "Painkiller" and maybe "Hellrider" with the scales tipping towards the latter. But you already know that, didn’t you? Even the awkward chanting of "Nostradamus" does little to mar the song...but hey, as the only promo single, it's has gathered mixed reviews. I m rather favorably inclined towards it, but let me just say, that in the context of the album - it makes FAR MORE sense.

    You see - there are no - singles here. The whole album is THE SINGLE. It's more of a love it or hate it situation, and even though it might take a few listens to set in - Nostradamus is pretty good, actually. Not the train wreck many UNBELIEVERS have been waiting or hoping for....The album closes, in a rather bizarre way. Totally Priest and totally Nostradamus...very interesting. Well you wouldn't expect me to spoil the end of a movie I won't, you'll have to wait for it, but with the release date fast approaching, it won't be long now.

    Make no mistake - it took the band a considerable amount of time to piece Nostradamus - together, I guess, so there are not really any duds here, and although not an "immediate" easy, head banging album, as the songs are not meant to be taken as separate "stand alone" pieces ..the overall impression is a largely positive one.

    Also one thing I need to address is the sound quality. Even if it's still a digital production, the mix on Nostradamus is far better than the one on "Angel" and that's music to my ears. Also, while a lot of people have harshly Judge Wilkinson’s cover artwork, I found it rather fitting, if not a bit, eccentric, but it's not bad. Let's just pray KK won't have to beat a 10 foot Nostradamus off stage ala Janick Gers during the live shows (haha)... I can't wait to see what the 48 page hard bound book will look like.

    Personally I was pondering buying the big one - the triple vinyl thing with the CD and book, but felt rather hesitant. You see I was thinking, big time train wreck, spinal tap alert, wink wink nudge nudge.... we're #$#$#$#$#ed ! Having heard the album, (again I extend a most sincere courtesy to ... a friend who wishes to remain anonymous... right ...?) man, what was I thinking ?

    It's Priest, the guys helped intent and shape the genre for chrissakes !

    It's not easy to judge “Nostradamus” - as it doesn't follow the format of a normal "album" – not being a collection of different, unrelated songs, but it makes for an interesting and quite intense listening experience. Bottom line - it might tire your tits to oblivion, if you're looking for some simple head banging tune or two, but you will absolutely love it, if that sort of operatic-symphonic-bombastic thing is your cup of tea and can appreciate a more adventurous side of Priest. Chances are the latter will happen. I loved the album - I dare not compare it directly with another Priest album - as the songs on it never manage to cause the same amount of excitement - in the course of a single song’s duration - as with the bands previous mega hits, but taken as a whole - Nostradamus is just massive and impressive. Massively impressive!

Reviewer: Metal Invader

Related Link: Judas Priest's official site

[Highway For Metal] Friday, June 13, 2008 12:23:28 PM 

Me too! I can't wait! I think its dark and gloomy and depressing!!

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by 67gemini from Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:48:10 PM)
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Friday, June 13, 2008 4:12:55 AM 
Maple Syrup aside...guys and gals there already is a thread for this called Review of Nostradamus.  Post your comments on the CD there!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Maple Syrup from Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:38:54 PM)
[Maple Syrup] Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:38:54 PM 
Please not another review thread of NTRDMS. See above threads. Shut it down!


[67gemini] Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:48:10 PM 

I love everything I have heard so far. I cannot wait for the CD!!

Bring it on!

[Highway For Metal] Thursday, June 12, 2008 12:01:06 PM 

What does everyone think about this thing?

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