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There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 40 year career. Their presence and influence remains at an all-time high as evidenced by 2008's 'Nostradamus' being the highest-charting album of their career, a 2010 Grammy Award win for 'Best Metal Performance', being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient, and playing ... Read more in Amazon's Judas Priest Store

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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0018AK9RA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dawn Of Creation
2. Prophecy
3. Awakening
4. Revelations
5. The Four Horseman
6. War
7. Sands Of Time
8. Pestilence and Plaque
9. Death
10. Peace
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Solitude
2. Exiled
3. Alone
4. Shadows In The Flame
5. Visions
6. Hope
7. New Beginnings
8. Calm Before The Storm
9. Nostradamus
10. Future of Mankind

Editorial Reviews

Two CD 2008 release by Judas Priest. In the realm of Heavy Metal, there has never been a double disc concept album that has managed to balance a thought-provoking storyline with metallic thunder. 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. 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 Nostradamus. 23 tracks.

Customer Reviews

People tend to say there aren't a lot of good songs on this album, or that it is too slow moving.
Schenker is God
Concept albums like Judas Priest's new album "Nostradamus" are a rare find these days and something the music world has been lacking.
W. Law
Priest fans will want this album for sure, and it's probably even good enough to win over some new fans.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on June 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Intolerant metal fans will no doubt slag this double CD for its keyboards and overall melody that metal bands simply aren't doing these days. Their loss.
We must remember that Glenn Tipton released a fine solo effort with John Entwhistle and Cozy Powell a few years back that was more melodic than Priest material was. These guys have been around too long to be expected to just repeat themselves over and over. With the experience and musicianship present, "Nostradamus" gives us a metal CD that offers the best vocalist in the genre ever, Rob Halford, instead of the extremely annoying grunt metal that permeates everything else. One hopes that this CD will be a hit, and will maybe encourage metal outfits out there to not be afraid to actually sing a little bit.
There's plenty of signature lead work and slicing guitars, but also lots of keyboards, which are necessary for the subject matter and add color and dimension to the music. Lyrically, it's basically a history of the great prophet, which one can take or leave, but overall I find it refreshing to see these metal godfathers stretch their wings whether some lunkhead likes it or not.
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98 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Lisanti on June 17, 2008
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First off..I'm a Judas Priest fan since 1978 when I first heard Stained Class, now 30 years later I'm still a "Defender of the Faith", Priest have a produced a "Masterpiece"..I know some of you will argue this till the cows come home, but this is the kinda album I have been waiting for. It's alike a journey back to the early 70's with Sad Wings of Destiny, Rocka Rolla, Sin after Sin and so forth. There's no 4 chord "Hits" on this cd, Priest have really worked hard on making "Progressive" music on this album. If you want Painkiller, or British Steel then go put those albums on, because what you have here is a journey of Light and Dark Themes, some Agressive some very melodic and soft. Rob Halford has given you the perfomance of his life on this album, some beautiful compositions on this really make his voice shine. So if your into the more Symphonic, Progressive, Melodic Rock and Metal this will be to your liking. If you into the more Heavy Jugulator & Painkiller type then you'll be dissappointed...again I love Priest and I'm happy they did something different instead of the same old "Formula".
Highlights are:
Calm before the Storm
Sands of Time
lost love
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Monkdude on July 3, 2008
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I almost threw this CD across the room when I heard it the first time through my iPod headphones, but after playing it a second time in my car, I had a whole new experience. I like most Judas Priest fans expected this album to be much heavier, but the songs really do get better with each listen. Nostradamus as a whole is more melodic than anything they have done in the past, and though some lyrics are pure cheese, I quite like it. I know people are going to be split in two groups of loving or hating it, but I am somewhere in the middle, maybe leaning towards loving it. Take a listen at least twice in a different setting and then make a judgement.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jhcpa VINE VOICE on July 4, 2008
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It was obvious from the beginning that some people would love this CD and others would hate it. Hardcore fans who want little else than a regurgitation of Painkiller will be severely disappointed. Those who are able to open their minds and explore a new world of Priest will find this CD to be an absolutely amazing journey. This piece of work displays a depth that most bands never reach.

There is no one formula or sound that makes this album. It is a combination of musical styles that requires you to listen to this album multiple times to actually "get it." This is precisely why some people will never "get it." Sadly they are missing out on one of the most amazing concept albums ever written. There are no instant radio hits here.

When you do take the time to be absorbed into the world of Nostradamus, you find layers of music rather than just a catchy guitar riff. With Nostradamus, Priest are again pioneers, blending heavy metal with operatic verses and orchestral accompaniments. If for no other reason, this CD is worth purchasing just to hear Rob Halford sing in Italian on "Pestilence and Plague." Halford shows that he is not just The Metal God, unleashing screams that will shatter glass and fragile ear drums, but that he is also a vocalist who SINGS with far more energy and talent than any pop tart that Fox Television tries to make into an "idol." This is not bubble-gum rock boys and girls. This is not pretty. This is not the 4 minute hit single they play on MTV with a bunch of screaming kids who don't even know what they are screaming at. This is Judas Priest. This is Rock & Roll. This is Heavy Metal. But this time, it's done with finesse that's usually reserved for much different musical genres.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. Gonzalez on June 17, 2008
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Oh my god This Disk is soooo good!!! Im a hardcore Priest fan. Im not just saying its great cause I love them so much either. But You have to understand that Priest never hyped this as the next Painkiller. They said from the beginning that this would be an experimental album that takes you on a journey. And they accomplished their goal.
There are alot of keyboards and they fit in with the material perfectly.
I thought Angel Of Retribution was amazing as well but had no desire for them to repeat them selves. I will say that the first time I heard it I knew it would take a few listens. I mean its over 2 hours of music. Dont try to judge it in 1 listen.
Favorite tracks so far:
Pestilence and Plague
Exiled (listen to the Terminator Drums, great!!!)

This is Priest like youve never heard 'em. And thats not a bad thing.
If you like it when bands dont rehash the same crap over, and over, and over I think you will enjoy this.
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WTH guitar synths??
This album is one of Priests worst.
This album personifies all that can go wrong with concept albums.
It is a terrible concept album.
It is a terrible album in general.
Put "The Nice Price" on it soon!
Nostradamus he's our man!
God this is an embarrasing album...
Jul 16, 2008 by L. Morano |  See all 4 posts
What were you hoping to hear?
I hear ya bro. I preordered Queensryche's American Soldier, what a mistake. I got suckered in by the only good song, If I were King, when I bought the single. When I got the album, I was extremely disappointed. So now I carefully preview each and every song before purchasing. Lesson learned the... Read More
Jun 12, 2009 by Kristophe St.Jacque |  See all 10 posts
I bought this album yesterday and my first thoughts are that it is an intriguing piece of music from Priest. People expecting Painkiller or Screaming For Vengeance will probably rant and rave about how Priest have lost it. They haven't.
The music has little light and shade- it's either full-on or... Read More
Jun 14, 2008 by Rodney Hrvatin |  See all 4 posts
Out of stock?
Obviously because they sold out of their supply. They got more in as of this writing.
Jul 1, 2008 by Wuchak |  See all 2 posts
Rising all over the world
Been a Priest fan since I don't know when. Already heard the whole album. All I can say is 'very WEIRD, maybe a couple of listenable tracks, but.... what on earth were they thinking?!' Would've been happy with a good old-fashioned traditional heavy Priest album. What a waste of Rob Halford's... Read More
Jun 16, 2008 by metalman69 |  See all 2 posts
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