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  • Summary: Rob Halford leads the metal band's latest release, a concept album based on the prophet Nostradamus.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It’s a ridiculous album, sure, but take "Defenders of the Faith," replace the Metallion with Nostradamus, double the number of awesome riffs, add the occasional pan flute and symphonic embellishments, and you have the most grandiose metal record likely to be released this year.
  2. The Brummie veterans' 16th studio album is every bit as gloriously over-the-top and ludicrous as you might imagine. [Aug 2008, p.135]
  3. 60
    The piano-led 'New Beginnings' is one of several sombre mood pieces on what is the most ambitious work of the band's 40-year career. But fear not, headbangers: 'Revelation,' all chugging rifferama and panto villany, prove that Priest are still mad for it. Metal, that is. [July 2008, p.100]
  4. It all makes for a bewildering package, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes middling, and sometimes astonishingly bad, and while a good 45 minutes’ worth of Nostradamus is fully deserving of high praise, on a 100-minute double album, that’s nowhere near enough.
  5. Some of the music is brilliant, some is numbingly indulgent.
  6. The songs themselves are hit or miss, with the emphasis falling on the latter, due mostly to an over-reliance on three-chord, midtempo filler, but as is the case with nearly every Priest offering, when they're on they're dead on.
  7. Nostradamus isn't likely to surprise you--this is softcore for the hardcore.
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Jul 12, 2014
    10
    Wow .. an epic album from Metal Gods !! This album is great!! 23 wonderful songs make this album a masterpiece...All songs are dramatic..OnlyWow .. an epic album from Metal Gods !! This album is great!! 23 wonderful songs make this album a masterpiece...All songs are dramatic..Only Judas are able to make that album Expand
  2. MarceloA
    Jul 9, 2008
    10
    Made me enjoy the difference of a band that is always the same. This album did not change its metal trend, it has enriched it.
  3. EduardoL.
    Aug 29, 2008
    10
    From Halford's powerful vocals, Tipton's and Downing's mesmerizing dual guitar riffs and solos, to the thunderous rythym From Halford's powerful vocals, Tipton's and Downing's mesmerizing dual guitar riffs and solos, to the thunderous rythym section, this CD kicks ass. It does take a couple of listens, but it is definitely a great concept album. Expand
  4. AdamB.
    Jun 26, 2008
    9
    A very good and Very different priest album, i love the new style they have chosen for this record, it suits them so well, the keyboards, A very good and Very different priest album, i love the new style they have chosen for this record, it suits them so well, the keyboards, piano, choir, everything it fits so well, and the songs are amazing, not blistering fast like painkiller, but filled with GREAT riffs, harmonies, solos, interludes, everything. this album has so much variety, there are songs taht remind me of painkiller, and some that remind me of sad wings of destiny. Every true priest fan should have this album. Expand
  5. GarryB.
    Aug 19, 2008
    9
    If you listen to just 1 song listen to death (the entire song). If then you are not mesmerized into listening to the entire cd you should If you listen to just 1 song listen to death (the entire song). If then you are not mesmerized into listening to the entire cd you should rethink your appreciation for what is true metal art. Expand
  6. ChukT
    Jul 11, 2008
    8
    If you liked Sad Wings of Destiny then this album is for you. There are no top 20 hits here but Priest has never really tried to please If you liked Sad Wings of Destiny then this album is for you. There are no top 20 hits here but Priest has never really tried to please everyone. Instead they go for a mood and theme and they connect on both attempts. I have been a fan since the late 70's and I am still a fan. I like the album and was glad they tried to do something new and at the same time touch on some old sounds. Give it a try and then give it a second listen. You will be glad you did. Expand
  7. DaveV.
    Jul 5, 2008
    2
    This CD is horrible,...Growing up a die hard Priest fan,this CD is just Bad!

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