JUDAS PRIEST: 'Nostradamus' Title Track To Be Released Monday

Think "double vinyl, gatefold sleeve concept album," and some of rocks all-time classic recordings come to mind. But in the realm of heavy metal, there has never been a double vinyl (now disc!) concept album that has managed to balance a thought-provoking storyline with metallic thunder. That was, until now.

Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will be releasing their sprawling double disc concept album, "Nostradamus" via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16 in Europe, and a day later in the U.S. on Epic Records.

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.

Some of the events that Nostradamus experts have interpreted as his predictions include the great fire of London in 1666, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9-11, among countless other renowned events.

"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 mans life alive with metal was a real labour of love."

As with all new PRIEST releases, the group singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis will embark on a mammoth worldwide tour in support of "Nostradamus".

PRIEST will be performing at the 2008 Download Festival on a bill also featuring KISS which will serve as a "homecoming" of sorts for the group, as they performed at the first-ever Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park in 1980.

"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!"

To get a taste of what awaits for you within "Nostradamus", go to www.livenation.com/judaspriest on Monday, April 21 to download exclusive free mp3 of the album's title track, as well as view the world premiere of the album cover art.

"Nostradamus" track listing:

01. Dawn of Creation *
02. Prophecy
03. Awakening *
04. Revelations
05. The Four Horsemen *
06. War
07. Sands of Time *
08. Pestilence And Plague
09. Death
10. Peace *
11. Conquest
12. Lost Love
13. Persecution
14. Solitude *
15. Exiled
16. Alone
17. Shadows In the Flame *
18. Visions
19. Hope *
20. New Beginnings
21. Calm Before the Storm *
22. Nostradamus
23. Future Of Mankind

* Intro pieces of music/interludes going into the main track

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