Nostradamus (album)

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Nostradamus
Judas Priest Nostradamus.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 June 2008
Recorded2006 –2007 at The Old Smithy Studio, Kempsey, Worcester, UK
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal, [1] [2] symphonic metal, power metal
Length102:48
Label Epic
Producer Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing
Judas Priest chronology
Angel of Retribution
(2005)
Nostradamus
(2008)
Redeemer of Souls
(2014)

Nostradamus is the sixteenth studio album by English heavy metal band Judas Priest, focusing on the 16th-century writer Nostradamus. [3] It is a double album. The band's first concept album with Rob Halford, [4] it was originally intended to be released in late 2006 before being pushed back to a 2007 release, [5] and was finally released in June 2008 on Epic Records. It is the band's final album to feature K. K. Downing, before his retirement. [6]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Judas Priest British heavy metal band

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. The band has sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band struggled with indifferent record production and lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, which helped shoot them to rock superstar status.

Nostradamus 16th-century French apothecary and reputed seer

Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Prophéties, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events. The book was first published in 1555 and has rarely been out of print since his death.

Contents

Judas Priest toured with Motörhead, Heaven & Hell, and Testament on the Metal Masters Tour to promote Nostradamus. The band also performed a world tour in 2008 and 2009 in support of the album.

Motörhead English rock band

Motörhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor on drums and "Fast" Eddie Clarke on guitars.

Heaven & Hell (band) American band

Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration featuring Black Sabbath founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath and Dio members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. He and Peterson are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Blabbermouth 5/10 [7]
PopMatters 5/10 [8]
Rock Hard (de)6/10 [9]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [10]

Development

The Nostradamus concept idea originated from manager Bill Curbishley [11] and was pitched to the band while on tour in Estonia in 2005. 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. Musically, the album contains symphonic orchestrations, including the use of keyboards and choirs, which is unlike anything the band has previously attempted. [5] In November 2007, the band began mixing the album. [12]

William George "Bill" Curbishley is an English music and film producer and band manager. He has managed English rock groups The Who and Judas Priest, as well as artists Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

K. K. Downing British musician

Kenneth "K. K." Downing Jr. is a retired British guitarist and songwriter, co-founder of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, and an author.

<i>Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles</i>

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles is a Canadian heavy metal magazine. Although based in Canada, BW&BK features writers from the USA, Germany and the UK, allowing the magazine to represent metal music from an international prospective. Covering many facets of extreme music, BW&BK features a reviews section which reports on current records circulating through the underground metal world, a Metal Forecast section which tracks the release date of upcoming recordings, and a website which reports current metal news. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles was founded by former M.E.A.T. magazine staffer Tim Henderson and author Martin Popoff in 1994.

Release

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. [13]

Rob Halford English rock singer

Robert John Arthur Halford is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He is famous for his powerful wide-ranging voice and his trademark leather-and-studs image, both of which became iconic in heavy metal. In addition to his work with Judas Priest, he has been involved with several side projects, including Fight, Two, and Halford.

"Nostradamus" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This was the band's highest-ever chart position in the US before being surpassed by Redeemer of Souls in 2014, when it took the No. 6 position. According to Billboard.com, the album was released in Europe on 16 June 2008 and 17 June in United States. Three configurations of Nostradamus have been issued. The most common is a regular jewel-cased double CD, but there is also 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). [14]

<i>Redeemer of Souls</i> 2014 studio album by Judas Priest

Redeemer of Souls is the seventeenth studio album by the English heavy metal band Judas Priest, which was released on 8 July 2014. It is their first album without founding guitarist K. K. Downing, who quit the band in 2011 and was replaced by new guitarist Richie Faulkner. It also marks the band’s last album to be produced by Glenn Tipton. The album sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, the band's second highest charting position in the US. This marks the band's first top 10 album debut in the US. It has sold 110,000 copies in the US as of February 2016.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

The title track was released on 12 April 2008 as a free download on Judas Priest's website through Epic Records. [15] The second single "Visions" was released on 4 May 2008.

The title track was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards. [16] The song "Visions" was also nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Hard Rock Performance. [16]

The band has repeatedly made mention of a desire to perform the album in full, as part of a theatrical production, but the idea was scrapped, possibly due to the album's lukewarm reception by fans. [17] Only two of the albums songs were performed live on the subsequent tour, "Prophecy" and "Death", with the former reappearing in the setlist in 2011-12.

Reception

Sputnikmusic said that with Nostradamus the band "has cast away both speed metal and hard rock in favour of a more symphonic metal approach", with the album having a "greater emphasis" on synthesizers, but not in the unsatisfying manner of their 1986 album Turbo. The reviewer said he thought it was "painfully obvious" that the band had been struggling to work in an unfamiliar style. [18] Allmusic said that the album represented "epic metal" of the sort previously produced by Iron Maiden in 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son . The album was seen to contain Spinal Tap-style clichés such as "melodramatic spoken interludes". "Dated" synthesizer string sounds added to the sense that the band was seeking filler material to make a double album, which "should have been" trimmed down to a single album. [1] The album has sold over 100,000 copies in the US and 500,000 copies worldwide as of 2009. [19]

Story line

Nostradamus centres on the life and times of the seer. The first disc details various forecasts he has about the future and the end of the world.

Track listing

All tracks written by K. K. Downing, Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford.

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Dawn of Creation"2:32
2."Prophecy"5:27
3."Awakening"0:53
4."Revelations"7:05
5."The Four Horsemen"1:35
6."War"5:05
7."Sands of Time"2:37
8."Pestilence and Plague"5:09
9."Death"7:34
10."Peace"2:22
11."Conquest"4:42
12."Lost Love"4:28
13."Persecution"6:34
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Solitude"1:23
2."Exiled"6:33
3."Alone"7:50
4."Shadows in the Flame"1:10
5."Visions"5:24
6."Hope"2:10
7."New Beginnings"4:57
8."Calm Before the Storm"2:05
9."Nostradamus"6:43
10."Future of Mankind"8:30

[20]

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes: [20]

Judas Priest
Additional musicians
Production

Charts

Chart (2008)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [21] 17
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [22] 13
Canadian Albums Chart [23] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [24] 79
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [25] 50
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [26] 17
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [27] 38
French Albums (SNEP) [28] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [29] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [30] 5
Italian Albums (FIMI) [31] 26
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [32] 31
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [33] 12
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [34] 26
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [35] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [36] 12
UK Albums (OCC) [37] 30
US Billboard 200 [38] 11

Release history

CountryDate
Germany 13 June 2008
Australia 14 June 2008
United Kingdom 16 June 2008
Canada 17 June 2008
United States
Japan 25 June 2008

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