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  • It was obvious from the beginning that some people would love this CD and others would hate it. Hardcore fans who want little else than a regurgitation of Painkiller will be severely disappointed. Those who are able to open their minds and explore a new world of Priest will find this CD to be an absolutely amazing journey. This piece of work displays a depth that most bands never reach.

    There is no one formula or sound that makes this album. It is a combination of musical styles that requires you to listen to this album multiple times to actually “get it.” This is precisely why some people will never “get it.” Sadly they are missing out on one of the most amazing concept albums ever written. There are no instant radio hits here.

    When you do take the time to be absorbed into the world of Nostradamus, you find layers of music rather than just a catchy guitar riff. With Nostradamus, Priest are again pioneers, blending heavy metal with operatic verses and orchestral accompaniments. If for no other reason, this CD is worth purchasing just to hear Rob Halford sing in Italian on “Pestilence and Plague.” Halford shows that he is not just The Metal God, unleashing screams that will shatter glass and fragile ear drums, but that he is also a vocalist who SINGS with far more energy and talent than any pop tart that Fox Television tries to make into an “idol.” This is not bubble-gum rock boys and girls. This is not pretty. This is not the 4 minute hit single they play on MTV with a bunch of screaming kids who don’t even know what they are screaming at. This is Judas Priest. This is Rock & Roll. This is Heavy Metal. But this time, it’s done with finesse that’s usually reserved for much different musical genres. Congratulations to Judas Priest for taking the chance, and for doing it exceptionally well. There’s a reason why this band is selling out arenas almost 35 years after their inception.

    My final advice to anyone looking to purchase this CD. Do it! But you need to put in the time with this album to appreciate it. Priest took over two years to write and record this album. Listen to it in full- from beginning to end. Then do it again. And again. You need to immerse yourself into the world they created to truly appreciate it. If you put in the time, you will reap the rewards that this masterpiece has to offer.

    All hail to the Call of The Priest and bow before The Metal Gods!

    Posted on December 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Oh my god This Disk is soooo good!!! Im a hardcore Priest fan. Im not just saying its great cause I love them so much either. But You have to understand that Priest never hyped this as the next Painkiller. They said from the beginning that this would be an experimental album that takes you on a journey. And they accomplished their goal.
    There are alot of keyboards and they fit in with the material perfectly.
    I thought Angel Of Retribution was amazing as well but had no desire for them to repeat them selves. I will say that the first time I heard it I knew it would take a few listens. I mean its over 2 hours of music. Dont try to judge it in 1 listen.
    Favorite tracks so far:
    Pestilence and Plague
    Exiled (listen to the Terminator Drums, great!!!)

    This is Priest like youve never heard ‘em. And thats not a bad thing.
    If you like it when bands dont rehash the same crap over, and over, and over I think you will enjoy this.

    Posted on December 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I almost threw this CD across the room when I heard it the first time through my iPod headphones, but after playing it a second time in my car, I had a whole new experience. I like most Judas Priest fans expected this album to be much heavier, but the songs really do get better with each listen. Nostradamus as a whole is more melodic than anything they have done in the past, and though some lyrics are pure cheese, I quite like it. I know people are going to be split in two groups of loving or hating it, but I am somewhere in the middle, maybe leaning towards loving it. Take a listen at least twice in a different setting and then make a judgement.

    Posted on December 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First off..I’m a Judas Priest fan since 1978 when I first heard Stained Class, now 30 years later I’m still a “Defender of the Faith”, Priest have a produced a “Masterpiece”..I know some of you will argue this till the cows come home, but this is the kinda album I have been waiting for. It’s alike a journey back to the early 70’s with Sad Wings of Destiny, Rocka Rolla, Sin after Sin and so forth. There’s no 4 chord “Hits” on this cd, Priest have really worked hard on making “Progressive” music on this album. If you want Painkiller, or British Steel then go put those albums on, because what you have here is a journey of Light and Dark Themes, some Agressive some very melodic and soft. Rob Halford has given you the perfomance of his life on this album, some beautiful compositions on this really make his voice shine. So if your into the more Symphonic, Progressive, Melodic Rock and Metal this will be to your liking. If you into the more Heavy Jugulator & Painkiller type then you’ll be dissappointed…again I love Priest and I’m happy they did something different instead of the same old “Formula”.
    Highlights are:
    Calm before the Storm
    Sands of Time
    lost love

    Posted on December 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Intolerant metal fans will no doubt slag this double CD for its keyboards and overall melody that metal bands simply aren’t doing these days. Their loss.
    We must remember that Glenn Tipton released a fine solo effort with John Entwhistle and Cozy Powell a few years back that was more melodic than Priest material was. These guys have been around too long to be expected to just repeat themselves over and over. With the experience and musicianship present, “Nostradamus” gives us a metal CD that offers the best vocalist in the genre ever, Rob Halford, instead of the extremely annoying grunt metal that permeates everything else. One hopes that this CD will be a hit, and will maybe encourage metal outfits out there to not be afraid to actually sing a little bit.
    There’s plenty of signature lead work and slicing guitars, but also lots of keyboards, which are necessary for the subject matter and add color and dimension to the music. Lyrically, it’s basically a history of the great prophet, which one can take or leave, but overall I find it refreshing to see these metal godfathers stretch their wings whether some lunkhead likes it or not.

    Posted on December 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now