Nostradamus (album)

Nostradamus
Judas Priest Nostradamus.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 June 2008
Recorded2006 –2007 at The Old Smithy Studio, Kempsey, Worcester, UK
GenreHeavy metal, speed metal,[1][2] symphonic metal, power metal
Length102:48
LabelEpic
ProducerGlenn 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 and the band's first concept album.[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]

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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth5/10[7]
PopMatters5/10[8]
Rock Hard (de)6/10[9]
Record Collector4/5 stars[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]

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