If you love metal, you love Judas Priest by definition. Judas Priest is to heavy metal what Shakespeare is to drama. You just can’t get smoother, heavier or a more perfect metallic sound than the crushing twin guitar assault of Tipton and Downing and the vocals of Rob Halford.
That said, Priest fans are somewhat divided on their 2008 studio album Nostradamus, the band’s last (to date) album. Although there are some terrific songs like this one, “Revelations,” probably my favorite track from this album, the general consensus among fans is that Nostradamus, a double album, contains a few clinkers. It probably should have been a single album. Nevertheless, this song is definitely the essence of Priest.
The album is a concept album following (loosely) the life and times of the real Nostradamus, an alchemist and supposed prophet who lived in France in the 16th century. Most of what modern audiences know about Nostadamus is misinformation, spread chiefly by that notorious 1981 film narrated by Orson Welles, and Judas Priest’s Nostradamus clearly belongs in that milieu as well. But still, it’s a passable album and contains some wonderful songs like this one.
Shabbat Shalom, happy Passover and have a great Friday!