I had not heard "The Leak's" preview of the album, because my computer sucks... but when I rolled over to Amazon.com and heard the 30-second previews I couldn't say I disagree with JayDee. I will admit that in recent months that my listening ventures have been focused on bands like Iced Earth, whom we know has been writing conceptual pieces since its conception, and several other progressive acts. Not to sound arrogant, but after this turn of events I have somewhat of an idea of how concept albums flow. And in what I heard, Priest did not deliver. It seemed to me just about every other tune was an acoustic piece. I'd like to think that maybe these are the intros that build up to something much more grandiose, that which I think could be interesting. But where's the variety? We've known Priest to have written a plethora of sounds for its albums, where not one song sounded similar to the others. This time it's maybe 2 fast songs, where the rest become slow and tedious. This is not to say I won't dislike the album, because as it is an ambitious undertaking I will eagerly give it a chance, especially after the great reviews I've read that goad the excitement before its release. However I think if it ends up like the previews I've heard, I would hope this thing dies out fast. We know what happened the last time the band tried a new direction.
JayDee Jepsen wrote:
Ok-I've been a Priest fan for 25+ yrs and when I heard the "Visions" and "Nostradamus" songs I was excited and pre-ordered my copy of the new cd. Now that I've listen to the whole cd I have to honestly say I've never been more disappointed and let down than I feel now. I give JP credit for trying to take on such a ambiscious project but they've gone WAY out of the bounds of HEAVY METAL and basically wrote a lame (exception of about 4 songs) ballad cd. This makes me seriously long to listen to Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime, which is by far heavier all the way through than JP's Nostradamus.
Had I know there would be such a plethora of SLOW songs I wouldn't have spent the money on the cd. I understand the idea of a Nostradamus concept cd but not the need for a "metal opera".....where and how the fuck does metal opera come together?? This is a contradiction in terms. Why couldn't Priest just made a (at the very least) a hard rock concept with rocking songs all the way through VS a big batch of slow boring..zzzzzzzz. songs-with the exception of Persecution, War, Visions, Nostradamus? Priest really needed to take a page out of Queensryche O.M. and attach it to Nostradamus then we would have something!
I am going to the 7/22 Seattle show with Testament in hopes of the OLD Priest songs... If and when they come around with the full Nostradamus show you'll see a lot of empty seats because no one will want to go to a HEAVY METAL show looking to shake their fists and bang their heads only to stand(or sit) through a bunch of slow songs sprinkled with heavy good songs.....
This cd may start out strong on the sales but will quickly fall flat and put back on the shelf while fans grab PAINKILLER!!
I'm sorry to be harsh but I have to be honest.......I'm very disappointed.
Edited at: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 12:54:42 AM Edited at: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 12:56:47 AM