JUDAS PRIEST — Nostradamus (review)

JUDAS PRIEST — Nostradamus album cover Album · 2008 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
666sharon666
For their sixteenth album Judas Priest decided to once again do something a little different to their norm. 2008's Nostradamus is a double disc concept album, based on the life of the supposed French seer, who lived in the 16th Century. This is the last Judas Priest album with guitarist K. K. Downing before his retirement from the band in 2011.

This isn't a great swansong for K. K. in my opinion. The impression I get when listening to Nostradamus is that it's drawn out to a grand total of twenty-three tracks just for the sake of presenting a complete concept, which results in an album that features more filler than killer tracks. The band are well playing as always and the use of some symphonic elements adds something new to the Judas Priest sound, but with such hit and miss song-writing Nostradamus is ultimately a pretty middle of the road Judas Priest album. I think with a bit of editing down to a single disc they could easily have come up with a 4 star record but as it is it's quite a step back from the previous, return to form album, Angel of Retribution. I guess it's telling that I even prefer their Jugulator album to this one. They've done weaker records in my opinion, but this for me remains one of the most disappointing.
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Bosh66 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
A funny one this, Sharon. It's not a bad album by any stretch but I agree whole-heartedly that Priest appeared to be struggling to fit an album around a concept here and have delivered a hit-and-miss opus. I also prefer Angel Of Retribution.
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I love this one, but I do agree that some of the songs can feel like filler sometimes.

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