Judas Priest – Nostradamus Review

Posted: August 4, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

Judas Priest - Nostradamus

Judas Priest - Nostradamus

Nostradamus, the ambitious double disc concept album by Judas Priest was released in 2008 and saw the band in new territory.

The vast majority of music on Nostradamus is new for Priest, mixing long keyboard buildups and atmospheric moments full of story exposition with their usual heavy metal sound. Rob Halford even brakes out some Italian vocals at one point.

Nostradamus is certainly impressive for all its ambition and atmosphere, although it is something of a grower as when you get right down to it, the ratio of stand up rockers in the overall album is relatively low. It may take a good few listens for the full effect of the record to click with you (even just to absorb all of the music as there is so much of it) and if you are impatient you could easily just dismiss this record as boring and samey.

Standout tracks include ‘Pestilence & Plague,’ ‘Prophecy,’ ‘Conquest,’ and ‘Persecution,’ all of which represent the most metal moments on the record.

Overall, Nostradamus is not an easy listen and is not for everyone; it lasts almost and hour and three quarters, is full of choirs and keyboards and new vocal styles from Rob himself. If you are patient however, there is a very good record to be found.

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