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[Turtle44] Saturday, September 06, 2008 9:44:56 AM 
The More I listen to this cd the more I like it. You have to let it grow on you. The first few times I listened to it, I hated it and thought it was too slow. But now I grew to love this album and the hard work the band must of put into this project. I really apprieciate the music on this cd. Give it a chance,it will grow on you.
[seely] Friday, September 05, 2008 8:12:10 AM 
Superb album!!!!
[highpriest] Saturday, August 09, 2008 5:34:21 PM 


Edited at: Saturday, August 09, 2008 5:36:52 PM
[tasnam1] Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:00:15 PM 

This is my second post ever.  (First being on June 22nd in this thread).

As i stated in my first post they have done this for a bigger purpose then most of us are seeing.  Re-read my first post and Rob's comments will now make sense.

This was posted in the "Around the Horn" thread today:

"Encouraged to imagine himself gazing into a crystal ball on the cover of the latest issue of Decibel Magazine (seen below), Halford said, "I do predict that Nostradamus' is going to be embraced.  I can see it being performed by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. I think I can also se a Grammy in there."

In my original post I should have stated Las Vegas instead of Broadway show.


[Maple Syrup] Friday, July 11, 2008 11:46:57 AM 
I am enjoying Nostradamus. Sure, it is not your Standard British Metal album, but there are heavy songs done in a different way. I like how Rob's voice transcends you back to the old say Sad Wings or Sin after Sin days. Althought there are a few prodding songs and some of the intro stuff are a bit long, I think you have to view it as a whole epic piece. Maybe it is a bit obscure for the new Priest fan, but for the diehards it puts alot of perspective into Priest and their careers, which is literally at the sunset. They can do what the want and it is still meaningful to me after following them for 30 years. Maybe the outside world is scratching their heads and saying why did they release this? But, this JP fan is smiling and looking forward to seeing them live again in August for the 35th time. Thanks for all the years of music and the new Nostradamus JP.       

[guardian angel] Friday, July 11, 2008 11:29:06 AM 

First off, I just want to thank Nikitah Imani for your post.  I completely agree with you.  If the band doesn't challenge themselves musically, then are they just in it for the money??  That's the impression I get.  I'm still trying to figure out what the heck has drawn Judas Priest so close to my heart!  Part of the appeal is they've covered so many different styles, so if I feel summery and want to listen to something light, I can throw in Turbo.  If I need to be more aggressive/assertive, I throw in Defenders or Painkiller.  If I'm feeling old school, then I throw in Rocka Rolla or Sad Wings of Destiny (one of my all time favorites).  I have all of the Priest catalogue with Rob Halford, and though I've listened to Priest with Tim Owens (ie, Hell is Home) I can't bring myself to get into those CDs.  Which really isn't fair to the rest of the band that kept slogging away while Rob was off doing his thing.  So basically the band has created an entire discography that covers virtually every mood you might be in, which is in effect GENIUS but also tremendously DIABOLICAL!!  Why go anywhere else, when you get it all here.  (Except for country of course!  Which I'm not enamoured with, though I don't hate it.)  Nostradamus is just the icing on the cake really.  I love classical music, and have been to musicals and Vegas shows, so to have a heavy metal, or better yet, Priest version of a heavy metal opera to listen to.  AWE-SOME!  I was a bit leery about the whole idea at first, but who the h*ll was I kidding?!  IT'S PRIEST!  What's not to love!  I've been listening to these 2 cds for 2 weeks already and can't get enough.  I have thrown in a little Halford (Resurrection) and some old Priest just mix it up a bit, so I don't od on it, but essentially I wake up with Nostradamus tunes in my head and go to sleep with them swimming around up there.  Thanks a lot guys! 

I am very excited about the band coming to Winnipeg, however, I am mildly disappointed to discover that it won't be the full on Nostradamus show.  Now I'm trying to figure out where the full shows will be, and how much it's going to cost me to fly there!  I hope they do some Canadian Nostradamus shows, or even Minneapolis.  That's a short jaunt for us and maybe I can convince the hubby and boys to come out with me.  Either way, the concert will be awesome and I am so glad they are coming back again.  

Thanks for the brilliant new cd boys!  It is a masterpiece!
[.] Tuesday, July 08, 2008 1:35:30 AM 
A few years ago for the hell of it I listened in a day to bunches of versions of Johnny B. Goode done in many musical styles and guess what, JP's version was BY FAR one of the best. Whether they were making fun of the song or paying homage, it really isn't all that bad. It is out of place in Ram It Down, but when I was a kid I thought it was cool. I still don't think it's all that bad.
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[Nikitah Imani] Monday, July 07, 2008 9:31:17 PM 

I grew up in the crossroads between hip hop and metal. They were both born of resistance culture and I was into that from birth. :)  Both metal and hip hop in their way gave the finger to the system. So I played them together with bombastic type symphony music which is why Priest, Pink Floyd, Rush, and Purple as well as Sabbath and some others really spoke to me. Far as I am concerned it's all blues. Sarah Vaughan sang it, Billie crooned it, Muddy played it, Little Rich and Chuck Berry rocked it, Sabbath ground it to E chords, Priest speeded it up and made it bombastic. Priest doing Johnny B Goode was trying to bring it full circle. It all comes from this deep sense of opening the social envelope. Subvert the dominant paradigm...defend the faith.

Dp Da Reapa

[Guido Meeusen7145] Monday, July 07, 2008 2:33:56 PM 
Hello Metalians,

I've been listening to "Nostradamus" for 3 weeks now.

But I've waiting for The Priest to deliver this Masterpiece for more than a decade.

So thank you my "METAL GODS" for the biggest album you've ever made.

I've seen you this year in Dusseldorf and at GRASPOP with yet another great performance.

But I'm really waiting for next year to see "Judas Priest" bring the entire Nostadamus album Live on Stage with a bigger than ever show an hopefully with a lot of musicians (Clasic instuments) on stage.

To everyone on this site,Enjoy The Metal Gods Wherever they performe and enjoy Nostradamus.
[P.A.I.N.K.I.L.L.E.R.] Monday, July 07, 2008 5:15:13 AM 
Thanks for giving your encouraging and solid view of the new album and Priest in general. 

Seems to me that you are the most "metal" hip-hop enthusiast I've ever encountered anywhere! Hell, you seem to be even more "metal" than many of the people who call themselves "metal"...
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Nikitah Imani from Monday, July 07, 2008 3:40:50 AM)
[Nikitah Imani] Monday, July 07, 2008 3:40:50 AM 
Greetings, Priest FANS..I emphasize that, since it is apparent that some who identify themselves as such are fairweather friends who are only fans "when" and "if" and under certain conditions.  As a musician (hip-hop) artist, I find this album to be spectacular, not just because it is Priest but because we are in a culture right now that is anti-creativity. Musicians are fashioned and buttonholed to keep doing the same thing. Especially older bands who are invited to rest on their laurels. If anything, this album shows that Priest are still "hungry" for new vista. I especially invite naysayers to go back to Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings and you find the harmonicas, the keyboards, the orchestrated string arrangements and some Priest guitar techniques that even Glenn and KK described as "experiments." These almost all of us hold near and dear to our hearts as the Priest definitive catalog and this was long before the 30 and under crowd discovered Priest in Vengeance. This all looks conspiratorial to me. If Priest does the same thing, they are seen as standing in place. If they change, they are not appealing to the base. Part of this is that a lot of the defining in the mainstream record market is being done by people that were not part of the historical metal culture who only joined it in the commercial period. Priest has never been about commercial, even though from time to time, they had a "hit." I didn't get Point of Entry, but it was Priest and I took it as evolution. Turbo I liked except for the synthesized guitars which were new and again evolution as they were used more effectively as time went on. But the core of the things that made me a Prest fan are present in the new record. History is filled with records like this that were masterpieces that had zero commercial success and then suddenly everybody realized later that something was going on. It's funny to me because I remember Vengeance when YGATC came out and a lot of "true believers" said Priest has sold out. It went triple platinum but took a decade or so to do it. Priest is about artistry. Real metal is about that to. The minute metal or any form of music becomes what the masses are into today, its doomed. I watched my intellectual, socially conscious hip-hop turn into stupid, juvenile drug-laced rants and fake gangsters. From Rakim Allah to whoop dere it is. I could have bought in, but I committed to my music. 20 years later, I'm still here as that mess slowly fades. Priest is an inspiration to me for that reason. In 2009 I will release my 15th album MiddleMan, a Biblical concept album with lots of symphony and metal elements. It won't be commercial and it's different from my typical style, but it's the best I've ever done as an artist. I respect Priest across genres for coming out "all guns blazing." And as hard as they try, they will never take away the title Judas Priest have earned anymore than those of us in hip-hop no matter how "hard-core" can forget a group from New York rapping to a Chic remix. Without them, I would not be here. I might do a different style, but my hats are off to the masters. Priest isn't about making a hit or even one mega-album, but the catalog, the discography, the duration. I'm heading out to the highway in August to see them at Verizon and I'll be there if I'm all by myself singing along with my favorite "artists."
DP Da Reapa Priest FAN..4eva.
[never_surrender] Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:16:54 AM 
Forgot to mention that every day when I leave home for work, I listen to the following lines, and it keeps me going...

As I leave my room
And lock the door
I know I'll live forever more

While this is a concept album about Nostradamus, it can be very personal too. We are all Nostradamus in our way...

I don't understand the widespread negative review on the web. Were they just expecting another rehash of one of their old works? If there is a band that can come up with this metal masterpiece, it is Judas Priest, what with Rob's vocals and Glenn and KK's guitar virtuosity. This album is their crowning achievement. I am not lying, I do not want to listen to any other music (even Judas Priest's) other than this album, at least for a while. I feel I will lose the magic, the atmosphere, the feelings I get from listening to this, if I listen to anything else.
Edited at: Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:18:10 AM
[never_surrender] Saturday, July 05, 2008 6:36:27 PM 

I am a long time fan of Judas Priest, relatively speaking, as I am just 29. My favorite bands other than JP are Metallica and Pink Floyd. Other than these, I just listen to 'greatest hits' of other bands and not whole albums. This list is pretty huge as one such band whose greatest hits I can listen to is 'The Cranberries.

It has been a long time since I couldn't get enough of a single album. Albums that come to mind are Metallica's 'Master of Puppets', '..And Justice For All', Judas Priest's 'Defenders of the Faith', 'Painkiller'. I am proudly adding 'Nostradamus' to that list. Let me be clear that I am being true to my conscience and musical palate and my opinions are not distorted by the fact that I am posting in a Priest forum and have to toe-the-line, so to speak.

Even though I dig the whole album, I would like to list some of my personal high-points(could be song or interlude) of this masterpiece from the Metal Gods. Just to tell you where I come from, my personal favorite from Painkiller is 'Between the Hammer and the Anvil'. So, if I did not mention some of the Priest-like songs in my list below, it is not because I don't like them but because I know that they are instant hits as far as I am concerned.

1. DEATH -- I don't dig dark metal or death metal and I don't know how these other bands play this type of music. From start to finish, this song is haunting and inexorable, like the Grim Reaper himself. Halford's vocals, Glenn and KK's solos, the overall mood of the song just makes me but think of that hooded thing with its scythe riding out for reaping.

2. WAR - Epic, quite an unchartered territory for Priest, not in the concept of war but in the music that they use to express that concept. Swords clanging against one another, just awe-inspiring, and all of this without having to resort to their staple guitar solos.

3. EXILED - Very emotional and atmospheric, as if I am the one who is exiled

4. ALONE - New Priest Anthem. This song goes to show that the band writes and performs to their fans. We just wanna be -- LEFT ALONE!!

5. LOST LOVE - Emotional. Better than 'Before the Dawn', 'Angel' etc.

Other personal favorites -- Shadows in the Flame, VISIONS, Calm Before the Storm, The Four Horsemen, Peace, CONQUEST, REVELATIONS.

The whole album is a masterpiece. And it rocks!
[P.A.I.N.K.I.L.L.E.R.] Saturday, July 05, 2008 2:37:02 PM 
Judas Priest the Metal Gods have truly made a spectacular and fiercely powerful album, "Nostradamus"...With this album they, once again, show us all something they haven't done before...but this time we're not talking about just a new kind of metal music or new metal album with some new riffs etc, we're talking about the magnum opus of Judas Priest.

They have always been very humble about themselves, in the beginning they learned their lesson of how to appreciate and respect. And most of all, work hard with commitment to their cause and fans that fuel their fire. Now, when their career spans 5 decades and 16 studio albums, Judas Priest are still going strong, but are now even more majestic and forceful than ever before. The new album testifies and confirms their godhood in the heavy metal world. There's absolutely no band on this earth that can ever exceed the prowess of Judas Priest. Only one currently recording band line-up can reach the same level of authority, but even they can't go beyond and above this excellence...

This album is very big, sadly too big for those who don't like/appreciate/understand this. That's too bad.

"Nostradamus" is the finest hour of Judas Priest, the crown of their already superior career. I'm so proud to have been and to continue to be their ardent fan.
[guidogodoy] Saturday, July 05, 2008 12:29:55 PM 
Amazon Canada is still showing the Deluxe in stock.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Craig Barnard from Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:10:02 AM)
[Soylentgreen4u] Saturday, July 05, 2008 12:04:34 PM 
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[Craig Barnard] Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:10:02 AM 
Does anyone know where I can purchase the double disc editon?
I live in Canada and only the single disc seems to be available.

I have been a Priest fan from the start and cannot wait to get my hands on this new release.

[timeturbo] Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:00:17 AM 
Hi everybody from a not so hot Sweden.
Hope you all already got the great album Nostradamus in your collection. In my opinion one of the top 3 priest albums. I think they got it all right. Robs voice sounds as good as you can expect, the guitarr work is as everytime tremendous, Ian is doing his job and Scott is giving the drums a hell of a time.

I really recomened this record. Its a new path that Judas Priest is on and i love it=)

I wish you all a great summer with a lot of songs from Nostradamus or any other Priest record that will blow your speakers....

Keep the faith Metallians of the Judas Priest clan
[brian  dawe] Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:18:49 AM 
great new album  i wrote a whole speech before and it got lost oh well ...beyond the realms of death
[.] Sunday, June 22, 2008 4:39:19 PM 
hi tasnami, no disrespect, but why would Judas Priest write for the masses instead of their fans? I could see Rob Halford in the Rocky Horror Show, and Glen Tipton doing Don Juan but aside from that I don't see how they could do Broadway. Of course, I might be wrong...wouldn't be the first time.
[tasnam1] Sunday, June 22, 2008 4:06:25 PM 

This is my first ever post.   I have been lurking this site for years (since its beginning) and signed up two years ago but never posted to a topic yet.

I believe (for right or wrong/good or bad) JP has set up this release perfectly for a future Broadway production.  (Again I am not posting my personal opinion if they should or not).

It just makes sense.

Act 1 and Act 2
A complete story of an individual
A very good basis for a story
It has both Rock and widely accepted NON-rock elements (orchestra & symphony) that the masses would accept
It could be a final production for them (who knows?)
IT has been done before:

Mama Mia / Abba (which was very good BTW - and that's coming from a Heavy Metal fan)
Moving out / Billy Joel (I did not see)

This could be done years from now, perhaps after they retire or even pass away.
Maybe they would do it in their retirement

Think about it.

BTW Mamma Mia! is now upto $2Billion world wide in gross revenue.  That's right $2Billion from a foundation based on a music group.

Halford is a brialliant marketer.

[Sad_Wings86] Sunday, June 22, 2008 8:13:36 AM 
dajeeee one of the best album of  judas priest and this is the album of year toghether  with good to be bad of whitesnake
[Bluddy Hell] Thursday, June 19, 2008 1:34:54 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!!

[.] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:09:25 PM 

Thank you for explaining. Guess there is no point making a fuss about nothing. Peace, Painkiller.

As for not going to any of the shows, I don't know if I can take the time to go. And where is the nearest show? (whines)

I admit I can't draw a straight line. Perhaps during an earthquake. But I'd love to see some of the more talented draw or paint something inspired by the album - Hence the "challenge".
And I can picture in my mind the granite Metalgodess talks about. lol.

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Head banger from Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:26:38 PM)
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:32:48 PM 
LOL I wish I had artistic talent.. Stick people is as far as I I like the album cover.. reminds me of the granite counters I just ordered for my new house, LOL..
Same colors.. but fleckeled.. if that is a word.. I wanted this so bread crumbs and coffee stains didnt show up!..   So I guess I can leave the cd in the kitchen now and never find it!
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[Head banger] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:26:38 PM 

I, like yourself have managed to buy the album, but not find the time to hear it.


what I meant bymy coment was that I didnt see painkiller (damn those dots are annoying) calling people dumb, or saying that he was smarter than others.  he did list a bunch of things that he thought might be qualities that would indicate the listener would not like the disk, but thats it.


how come you wont be going to any of the shows?

I do like the cover, but, my artistic skills are miniscule.  I doubt I could do beter than metalicas self titled disk.


  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Where AmI from Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:02:34 PM)
[.] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:02:34 PM 
Would you be so kind as to elaborate on your reply?
I appreciate you asking, btw.

I can only vouch for my own opinion, not that of others, respectfully, to all. Many longtime fans of the band think this latest effort to be ...meh.Sucker that I am, despite fearing Years Ago, that the Nostradamus theme would be a hard one to pull off even for Judas Priest - no - Because it is Judas Priest, I once again bought their newest album. When I get to listen to it, I will then give my straightforward opinion without choosing to call anybody dumb in the process.
I already made an opinion on the stage set, thank you whoever posted those wonderful picks from the show in Sweden (I think). I highly recommend going to see JP live regardless of their latest album. Once again I won't be going to any of their shows, you can rest easy.
From the songs I've heard at the Mtv website, I believe that certain band members could start listening to many of their fans requests to use the keyboards and synth sparingly and so far that is my major issue with the whole thing. Another is the album cover work (that could have had a genuine artist create something that looks less cheap and less obvious). For all the juicy parts I have no opinion as of yet.
 How about a challenge?
Anybody out there with a talent for drawing/painting that wants to show how they could do a better album cover?   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Head banger from Wednesday, June 18, 2008 5:56:05 PM)
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[VeroGlen] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 6:55:32 PM 
I'm so surprised with the new album. I'm a real fan of Judas Priest and I love many many songs but I think that this piece of work is just.... indescribable. They have been working a lot, spending so many hours chosing the best voices, sounds...and it's worth now. I don't know if it can be said that "Nostradamus" is their best album but if it is not, it is closer. They've made a great job and for that reason we have to support them going to the concerts and buying the CD. It has been a hair-raising experience, I love when Halford speaks in Italian, it is so operistic and touching. Congratulations guys! I hope seeing you soon. Vero.
[Head banger] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 5:56:05 PM 
I dont quite understand where you get that from Painkillers post.  I can understand the thought behind it, it could in some cases be wrong, but so could lots of things.
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[.] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 5:51:57 PM 
Mr/Mrs? Painkiller:

Knowing full well in advance that you will not reply to me directly, as is traditional in this website, I will still reply to your post since you think the vast majority of fans of the band don't have a brain to think with, eyes to see with and ears to hear with. I'm not judging the album in this reply. I believe it's you who judge others too harshly and in so doing make yourself and your opinion lose its value.
Sometimes, it's best to call a spade a spade and the candid opinion of many, to me, far outweighs the opinion of those like you who blame the listeners and find fault in their judgement. 
The rave reviews in the major music newsprint and websites are copied and pasted out of a single e-mail. Those "reviews" are nothing. Worthless. Serve only as ads to sell the album.
If you like "Nostradamus", fine. You are the cleverest, the smartest, the smarmiest and the most psychologically superior being here because, out of countless thousands around the world, you - sir/madam - you "get it". 
Whatever that may be.

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[P.A.I.N.K.I.L.L.E.R.] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:04:41 AM 
I couldn't wait until the evening, I had to take the rest of the day off and unleash "Nostradamus" right away...I just finished my first session, so here's what I have in my mind right now...

First of all, people who...

- have an attitude problem against concept albums and conceptual art works in general...
- like to listen only simple, basic, guitars&drums heavy metal...
- have problems to concentrate on focused listening or any other activity that demands non-stop attention for a certain prolonged period of time...
- tend to listen music only as a background music while they do something else...
- don't appreciate classically influenced, flavored and executed music...
- don't appreciate orchestrations, classically arranged & anthemic vocal melodies...
- don't appreciate music made by using electronic keyboard and guitar synthesizers, electronic piano and B3 Hammond organ...
- have lost or never even found their faith in the old school heavy metal of Judas Priest and in general...
- keep comparing albums with each other...
- keep measuring the worth and status of an individual album by the "standards" set by some previous album(s)...
- don't appreciate the limitless possibilities of combining heavy metal with classical music...

...DON'T BOTHER. This album is way too majestic, powerful, multi-dimensional and generally too big for you to even start trying to digest. 

I knew beforehand that this new concept would definitely divide people to those who understand, appreciate and enjoy this and to those who more or less loathe this and decry it's worth and excellence. This album is definitely a landmark in the history of Judas Priest and heavy metal - just as I thought it would be. Once again Judas Priest goes far and wide towards new, brave, intriguing and extremely demanding horizons of heavy metal and music in general. I would say that only Judas Priest have the vision, the ability, the strength and balls to make an album of this magnitude. No matter how powerful albums bands usually make, they seem to be just regular heavy metal - excellent and unique as they may be. This is not just old school heavy metal, this is Judas Priest going higher & beyond the boundaries of heavy metal traditions. This time Judas Priest made not just another brilliant heavy metal album in the long line of their discography but a true masterpiece, a work of beautiful, mind-exploding and career-crowning art. 

I won't analyze the soundscape of this album too much or try to convince any slammers otherwise, because it's useless. The sounds of all insruments feel perfect, just as they are. The heavy guitar riffs & head-splitting leads, the smashing drums...100 % heavy metal!!! And I would also say that this album shows Rob Halford at his very best, this album demanded his best and he gave it his best. I think Rob Halford is a better overall vocalist than he ever was.

Is this the final album of Judas Priest as it has been rumoured? It may well be and I would not be amazed at all. Sad as it may be, I would accept it. The grandness, the power, the multi-dimensionality, the general finality of the concept and the message in the lyrics all suggest that this album could be the ultimate album of Judas Priest, their magnum opus. Time will tell.

In short: "Nostradamus" testifies that Judas Priest have always been and will always be the METAL GODS!!!
[P.A.I.N.K.I.L.L.E.R.] Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:27:36 AM 
Oh my God...few minutes ago the Deluxe 2CD edition came through my mail slot...

The package itself is like a bible of metal: a DVD package-sized, matte-surfaced hard-bound book, shining raised-relief band and album titles, CDs in cardboard sleeves, awesome painting-like pages with calligraphic text...absolutely fantastic!

The mere package demands complete focus and listening in a one sitting...

...and, with a sudden bang, I start to wonder that maybe this is not only, in a sense, the ultimate Judas Priest album but maybe this is also the last Judas Priest album. Who knows? Right now the magnitude of the album feels so overwhelming and final...

Tonight I will journey through time with Judas Priest the Metal Gods!!!
Edited at: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:29:36 AM
[Yair Levy] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 3:22:37 PM 

The Priest has ritualed a monumental fresque to the prophet Nostradamus
Indeed, one could speak of destiny in the making as no one seems better heir to dedicate the cult epic...
Never have I seen as many contrasts and colours marry in such a pristine lyric blossom
Nostredame is avenged and will truly live forever
[.] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 3:10:25 PM 

Definitely a departure from their previous work in terms of subject and style. I'm still struggling with accepting their extensive use of keyboards in this album but I'm not going to start nitpicking mistakes song by song since this is considered one piece, not several. A good review will follow that won't parrot all the others, be it positive or negative - whether you care to read it or not. 
Now, I'm going to go back and listen to some old style blues. I love the sound of a guitar or two well played with feeling and true to itself.
Even if it's the lute - an instrument contemporary to Nostradamus. Renaissance and all that.

[(V)etal Rob] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:41:39 AM 
This Album is a Masterpiece!! some many good songs on it. This is the album I've been waiting for!
[P.A.I.N.K.I.L.L.E.R.] Saturday, June 14, 2008 4:41:15 AM 

The title song, "Visions", "Dawn Of Creation/Prophecy" and "Death" have been my only acquaintances of the new album thus far (great old school metal songs, out at last!), but next week I'll get my copy of the 2CD Deluxe book edition, only then I will dive deep into the conceptual realm of Judas Priest's "Nostradamus" mega opus. The band themselves have emphasized the conceptual entirety of the album and I strongly believe this album will really come alive to it's full glory and power when listened to from the beginning to the end. Of course one can detach many separate songs and enjoy them, but in my mind the very best way to experience this album is to take it full-on as an entirety. That's the reason I haven't listened to these sample songs too much, I want the whole thing as the band offers & recommends it.

Some people may say that the album "is too long" or "there are too many intros" or "there are too many songs" etc. I say WHERE IS YOUR ABILITY TO FOCUS? Can't you listen a 2 disc album on a one take? Can't you listen 2 other Judas Priest albums in a row? Art is something to really put your mind within, especially a work like this. "Nostradamus" is not your choice for background music and it's not just another album, we're talking about a 2-part conceptual theatre show of heavy metal.

I believe this album will be one of the landmarks of heavy metal.

Edited at: Saturday, June 14, 2008 4:49:05 AM
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