Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Judas Priest Nostradamus Album To Be Played In Upcoming Tour 2008

One of the greatest Metal bands ever, Judas Priest has been working on a double concept album on the life of Nostradamus for over two years now. The idea came from Bill Curbishley, the band’s manager, who worked on the first hard rock opera of all time, the Who’s Tommy.

Apparently there will be no breaks between tracks on the album, it will have a symphonic feel, with a massive choir, but will still be laden with lots of metal riffs.

The release of this album is highly anticipated, it was initially fated for 2006 but will now be released in ‘early 2008’. This will be their first ever concept album and hopfully won’t seal the fate of Kiss, as their first venture into this territory, with Music from the Elder has just released an interview where Halford and Tipton talk in depth about the album.

It’s at mixing stage and will be performed in it’s entirety on their tour of Europe in June and early July 2008. There is no further news, as yet, concerning the release of the album. For now we have to make do with the brilliant Angel of Retribution released in 2005.

News of a joint tour with Scorpions in 2008 and a visit to the Rockstar Mayhem Tour has also been circulating the internet but has not been confirmed at
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Nostradamus is a concept album by English heavy metal band Judas Priest, focusing on the 16th century prophet Nostradamus.[1] The band’s first concept album,[2] it was originally intended to be released in late 2006 before being pushed to a 2007 release,[3] and was released on June 16th 2008 on Epic records.

Guitarist K.K. Downing revealed in a February 2007 interview with Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles that 18 tracks had been recorded with a total length of more than 90 minutes and that there was not much he would like to cut down. In November 2007, singer Rob Halford indicated that it was still undecided whether it would be a double-disc set or not. In April 2008, it was confirmed that the album would be released as a double-CD/triple vinyl LP.

Musically, the album contains symphonic orchestrations including the use of keyboards and choirs which is unlike anything the band has previously attempted before.

In November 2007 the band began mixing the album. During its summer 2008 tour, the band plans to include shows where the album is performed in its entirety.

According to, the album was released in Europe on June 16, 2008 and June 17 in United States. Three configurations of Nostradamus have been issued. The most common is a regular jewel-cased double CD, but there is also be a “CD deluxe hardbound version,” which features a 48-page booklet, while a “super deluxe version” includes three vinyl records (in addition to the CD deluxe packaging, plus a poster).

Story line

Nostradamus centres around the life and times of the prophet. The first disc details various prophecies he has about the future and the end of the world. This leads to him being exiled. Later on, after his death, the world realizes just how right he was.

Track listing

Disc 1

1. “Dawn of Creation” * – 2:31
2. “Prophecy” – 5:26
3. “Awakening” * – 0:52
4. “Revelations” – 7:05
5. “The Four Horsemen” * – 1:35
6. “War” – 5:04
7. “Sands of Time” * – 2:36
8. “Pestilence and Plague” – 5:08
9. “Death” – 7:33
10. “Peace” * – 2:21
11. “Conquest” – 4:42
12. “Lost Love” – 4:28
13. “Persecution” – 6:34

Disc 2

1. “Solitude” * – 1:22
2. “Exiled” – 6:32
3. “Alone” – 7:50
4. “Shadows in the Flame” * – 1:10
5. “Visions” – 5:28
6. “Hope” * – 2:09
7. “New Beginnings” – 4:56
8. “Calm Before the Storm” * – 2:05
9. “Nostradamus” – 6:46
10. “Future of Mankind” – 8:29

* * Intro pieces of music going into the main track