Wednesday, April 23, 2008
New Music from Judas Priest
The title track of Judas Priest's double disc concept album, Nostradamus, can be streamed below.
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.
"As in any concept piece, the lifeline needs to be of a solid source, taking the music over many levels of interest and perception," points out singer Rob Halford.
"Nostradamus contains new frontiers explored and defined. The sense of adventure and the journey we undertook bringing the man’s life alive with metal was a real labour of love."
"The Nostradamus album — above all others — is perhaps the one I'm most proud of," says Tipton. "Whilst in essence and character still very much Judas Priest, it has afforded the opportunity to explore areas of classical and operatic dimensions that the band normally wouldn't.
As a guitarist and writer it has inspired me to greater heights and opened new doors to intrigue and passion. From start to finish, it will take you through a magical experience filled with light, shade, drama, melody and emotion that reflects this unique man and his life."
"For me, 'Nostradamus' has been a musical journey without comparison," adds Downing. "The intrigue and mystery that surrounds this revered man has expanded my perception of heavy metal to the highest plateau and enabled me to reach the outer limits of my imagination and transport unique feelings and emotions to the instrument that allows me to express myself."
In addition to the regular jewel case double CD version of the album, collectors will undoubtedly be interested in hunting down a copy of a deluxe double CD housed in a 48-page hardbound book package. But that's not all — a super deluxe box-set version will also be available with triple vinyl, the double CD, an expanded booklet and a poster.
As to why they chose to make a concept album about Nostradamus, Tipton explains: "We didn't — he chose us. We feel it was meant to be!"
01. Dawn of Creation *
03. Awakening *
05. The Four Horsemen *
07. Sands of Time *
08. Pestilence And Plague
10. Peace *
12. Lost Love
14. Solitude *
17. Shadows In the Flame *
19. Hope *
20. New Beginnings
21. Calm Before the Storm *
23. Future Of Mankind
*Intro pieces of music/interludes going into the main track
posted 12:58 PM