Oh my god!


Active Member
I haven't stopped laughing since I read this.

Think Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve concept album, and some of rock's
all-time classic recordings come to mind. But in the realm of heavy metal,
there has never been a double vinyl (now disc!) concept album that has
managed to balance a thought-provoking storyline with metallic thunder. That
was, until now. Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will be releasing their sprawling
double disc concept album, Nostradamus via Columbia Records on Monday,
June 16th in the UK/Europe, and a day later in the US on Epic Records.

Long in the works, Nostradamus takes epic storytelling to a whole new
level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th Century
French prophet. Some of the events that Nostradamus experts have interpreted
as his predictions include the great fire of London in 1666, the rise of
Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9-11, among countless other renowned

As in any concept piece, the lifeline needs to be of a solid source, taking
the music over many levels of interest and perception, points out singer
Rob Halford. Nostradamus contains new frontiers explored and defined. The
sense of adventure and the journey we undertook bringing the man¹s life
alive with metal was a real labour of love.

The 'Nostradamus' album - above all others - is perhaps the one I'm most
proud of, says Tipton. Whilst in essence and character still very much
Judas Priest, it has afforded the opportunity to explore areas of classical
and operatic dimensions that the band normally wouldn't. As a guitarist and
writer it has inspired me to greater heights and opened new doors to
intrigue and passion. From start to finish, it will take you through a
magical experience filled with light, shade, drama, melody and emotion that
reflects this unique man and his life.

"For me, Nostradamus has been a musical journey without comparison," adds
Downing. "The intrigue and mystery that surrounds this revered man has
expanded my perception of heavy metal to the highest plateau and enabled me
to reach the outer limits of my imagination and transport unique feelings
and emotions to the instrument that allows me to express myself."

In addition to the regular jewel case double CD version of the album,
collectors will undoubtedly be interested in hunting down a copy of a Deluxe
Double CD housed in a 48 page hardbound book package. But that's not all - a
Super Deluxe Box-set version will also be available with triple vinyl, the
double CD, an expanded booklet & a poster.

Most bands of this high stature would be happy to play it safe. But not
Judas Priest, who continue to take chances and break new ground. No other
rock band could have pulled off such a grand statement, and Judas Priest
have raised the bar once more with ŒNostradamus.

As to why they chose to make a concept album about Nostradamus, Tipton
explains: "We didn't - he chose us. We feel it was meant to be!"

To get a taste of what awaits for you within Nostradamus, go to
livenation.com/judaspriest Monday, April 21st to download exclusive free mp3
of the album's title track, as well as view the world premiere of the album
cover art.


Dawn of Creation


The Four Horsemen

Sands of Time







Shadows In the Flame


Calm Before The Storm


Spinal Tap, eat your heart out



Distinguished Member
What's to laugh about?

I have the delux book edition on pre-order from Play...

...I've been waiting over 20 years for something like this to come along again.

It's going to be killer.

Or crap.


I have a nasty suspicion which..............;)

Don't get me wrong, I love JP and that trio of albums, British Steel, Stained Class and Sad Wings of Destiny are Heavy Rock/Metal heaven.

However, the words 'concept album' are enough to send a shiver down, even the hardest 70's survivors spine.

Not one of anticipation either.:D


Well-known Member
Just listened to the two tracks on the livenation site. Awesome. Looking forward to the return of Priest.

Artie Fufkin

Well-known Member
This is really rather good.

There's some killer twin guitars on the go, as well as Rob sounding very tidy; there's keyboards, orchestral bits, overblown parts and heavy heavy riffs. Lyrics are a bit, well....what would you expect :rolleyes:.

It does go on a bit I suppose, but it is certainly far from being the disaster it could have been.


Well-known Member
This is one album blown into 2 discs. There are some great tracks but also lots of filler that I don't really notice I'm even listening to it. " 2 or 3 tracks can go by without me even noticing.

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