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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|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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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.
|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!!!
Edited at: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:07:43 PM