JUDAS PRIEST – Nostradamus

Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2008, Epic Records)

Track Listing:

Disc 1
1. “Dawn of Creation” – 2:31
2. “Prophecy” – 5:26
3. “Awakening” – 0:52
4. “Revelations” – 7:05
5. “The Four Horsemen” – 1:35
6. “War” – 5:04
7. “Sands of Time” – 2:36
8. “Pestilence and Plague” – 5:08
9. “Death” – 7:33
10. “Peace” – 2:21
11. “Conquest” – 4:42
12. “Lost Love” – 4:28
13. “Persecution” – 6:34

Disc 2
14. “Solitude” – 1:22
15. “Exiled” – 6:32
16. “Alone” – 7:50
17. “Shadows in the Flame” – 1:10
18. “Visions” – 5:24
19. “Hope” – 2:09
20. “New Beginnings” – 4:56
21. “Calm Before the Storm” – 2:05
22. “Nostradamus” – 6:43
23. “Future of Mankind” – 8:29

Rob Halford – Vocals
Glenn Tipton – Guitars
K.K. Downing – Guitars
Ian Hill – Bass
Scott Travis – Drums

Produced by: Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing

WOWZERS! This is a lengthy album! And I finally think I’ve listened to it enough to render this as “good”. Of course, a lot of people gripe about this not featuring the typical Judas Priest sound, but points to the band for trying something different. If you’re coming here for another Painkiller or Hell Bent for Leather, well forget it. This is what I like to call “epic metal”: Orchestral arrangements, interludes, just thunderous and bombastic sounding, although it is mid-tempo most of the way through.

It’s a lot different than what they usually do, but it’s not too bad. My biggest gripe is that the album is just there’s just too many (long) songs here. I guess Priest was trying to make “art” and earn respect for this release, but it’s just too bloated for it’s own good. Though Disc 2 is MUCH stronger than Disc 1 and the whole album should’ve been condensed to one CD. If they did that, the album would be easier to take in.

The band was really passionate about doing a Nostradamus concept album, but I haven’t heard them say this will be the new sound of the band, so I’m confident we’ll see them deliver a HEAVY METAL the next time ’round. There are *some* solid metal numbers here though, songs like “Death”, “Visions”, “Persecution” and “Nostradamus” remind of the Judas Priest we all know and love. My absolute favorites would be “Exiled”, “Alone” (so catchy), “Visions” and “Future of Mankind”.

Overall, I don’t think this is one of their best albums, but it’s far from their worst and at the very least, it’s an interesting listen.

There’s a couple of different versions of this release, but I bought the plain ol’ 2 disc set which came with a coupon code to get a ticket to one of their shows this summer.

Highlights: “Prophecy”, “Revelations”, “Exiled”, “Alone”, “Visions”, “New Beginnings”, “Nostradamus”, “Future of Mankind”


Posted on June 24, 2008, in Collection, Judas Priest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I just commented over at Heavy Metal Time Machine that I will post a critical review sometime next week but overall I like it. There are some filler tunes and it is different from the more acessible Priest sound but I think it’s a good record so far. Some parts need to grow on you but there is more to like than dislike. It’s really long (over an hour & 45 mins) so its a lot to take in all at once.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  2. hi i noticed that you don’t have info on bands such as opeth,children of bodom, etc..

  3. This is true, because I don’t own any albums by those bands. Would you be willing to send me some of their CDs? =P

  4. I think it’s pretty poor and I gave it several shots. I really get the impression that just slapped ina lot of parts just to pad it. It’s just all rather dull, thin and quite lifeless.

  5. I realy like this album. Okay, it have some strange intros but you get those for free. their is still enough songs on it and thats what you are paying for. Good review.

  6. Lots of good tunes on this record. I don’t mind a band doing something different here and there.

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