Nostradamus - Judas Priest
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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    The Album kicks off with "Dawn of Creation". Which wasn't anything special. Before the Album actually got going with "Prophecy". And then a filler, "Awakening". Before, "Revelations" continues to make the album a Masterpiece. After that, it begins to go downhill for a little bit. Until "Persecution" shows a little hope for the rest of the Album. The first half, is just full of 1 minute long fillers that just aren't interesting. And the 2nd half? Nostradamus was the only song there that was actually worth listening to. The rest of it was just orchestra and stuff like that. Other then the over-lengthy "Future Of Mankind." Overall, Nostradamus began mixed. But eventually became boring. Hopefully Priest will come up with something much more worth listening to then this next time Expand

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