The following report is courtesy of Greg Prato from Billboard.com:
Over two years in the making, Judas Priest will finally unveil its 16th studio album, Nostradamus, June 17 via Epic in North America and a day earlier internationally.
A double-disc set that tells the story of the 16th century prophet, Michel de Nostredame (whose name is often ‘Latinized’ as Nostradamus), the release is Priest’s first-ever concept album, and was recorded throughout 2006 and 2007 at Old Smithy Studio in the UK.
“Making Nostradamus was a new experience for us in Judas Priest, insomuch as this was going to be a conceptual writing and recording event,” Priest singer Rob Halford tells Billboard.com. “His life is well-documented, so for us it was all about taking the significant episodes he went through, and then with the right emotion, create music and lyrics that would convey them.”
On the album, Halford, guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis spread their stylistic wings, experimenting with symphonic orchestration and choirs.
Three configurations of Nostradamus will be issued. The most common will be a regular jewel-cased double CD, but there will also be a “CD deluxe hardbound version,” which features a 48-page booklet, while a “super deluxe version” will include three vinyl records (in addition to the CD deluxe packaging, plus a poster).
While there have been some European dates announced in support of Nostradamus (the chief one being a performance as part of this year’s Download Festival in England, which also features KISS and MOTÖRHEAD, among others), there will soon be an announcement about Priest’s plans for a U.S. tour.
In the meantime, Halford dropped a hint as to what’s in store for the group’s later headline dates. “As we recorded and listened to the music, and much like a lot of Priest songs, you cannot help but see images in your mind. We constantly thought about special effects and visual elements that will connect musically that we want to use onstage when we will perform all of ‘Nostradamus’ live,” he says. “Again, like every song we compose, the transition from studio to concert is one we think about and make sure we can deliver the goods.”
Here is the track list for Nostradamus:
Dawn Of Creation – “Prophecy”
Awakening – “Revelations”
The Four Horsemen – “War”
Sands Of Time – “Pestilence And Plague”
Peace – “Conquest”
Solitude – “Exiled”
Shadows In The Flame – “Visions”
Hope – “New Beginnings”
Calm Before The Storm – “Nostradamus”
“Future Of Mankind”
Ratt front man Stephen Pearcy has announced the following Tour Dates:
Sat 04/26/08 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
Sun 04/27/08 Aurora, CO Illiff Park Saloon
Tue 04/29/08 Green Bay, WI Club Toxic
Thu 05/01/08 Chillicothe, OH Cardo’s
Fri 05/02/08 California, MD Hula’s
Sat 05/03/08 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
Sun 05/04/08 Factoryville, PA Trailside Inn
Mon 05/05/08 Parma, OH The Jigsaw
Wed 05/07/08 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey
Thu 05/08/08 Albany, NY Jack Rabbit Slim’s
Fri 05/09/08 Rochester, NY Montage Live Music Hall
Sat 05/10/08 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
Sun 05/11/08 Yonkers, NY The Haunt
Tue 05/13/08 Johnson City, TN The Crowbar
Thu 05/15/08 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Sat 05/17/08 New Port Richey, FL Bourbon Street Nightclub
Mon 05/19/08 Jackson, MS Club Fire
Tue 05/20/08 Texarkana, AR Shooter’s
Wed 05/21/08 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Fri 05/23/08 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
appearing at “South Texas Rock Fest”
Sat 07/12/08 Boerne, TX Javelina Harley-Davidson
The Colossal Motley Crue announcement has come and gone. Other than the announcement, of Motley Crue’s new single, Saints of Los Angeles getting an early release on ITunes, and as a download on the Rockband video games, there were no real surprises. Most of the information regarding Cruefest was leaked over a month ago.
Their was no real shock that Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx A.M. was going to be on the road with Motley Crue.
Nikki Sixx said the criteria for picking bands for this new rock festival was a) each band had to have some hits, and b) they had to live the rock and roll and lifestyle.
I can’t deny the logic too much. If you are going to go on the road with Motley Crue, you will certainly have to be able to hold your own.
Buckcherry is a solid choice. Especially with their newfound success, with their CD 15.
Sixx A.M. is a no brainer choice since Nikki Sixx is a member of that band as well.
I have read comments by many people questioning the addition of Trapt, and Papa Roach. Most of them are not complimentary.
Aside from Motley Crue, all of the other acts on the bill came from the mid 90′s to the 00′s. This can’t be called an 80′s has been festival, as Motley Crue is the only act from that era of rock.
Is the addition of Trapt and Papa Roach smart marketing? It could be. I don’t know how big the fan bases are for those two bands, but this festival could draw three generations of rock fans, instead of teenagers and twenty somethings that might pay to see this show. Papa Roach and Trapt are two of a short list of rock acts that have managed to sell over a million albums since the year 2000.
Could this be the festival that brings rock back to the mainstream? Time will tell. It is certainly an interesting approach, and I applaud Motley Crue for trying to bring rock back to the masses.
As far as the Saints of Los Angeles single, I didn’t think it was all that great, but you know what, it gets in your head. I bet they will have a hit with this tune!
I will be in the stands when Cruefest hits Cincinnati. Are you going to go?
Please comment and tell me what you think about Cruefest!
I dont know what to label this style of music. It doesnt really fit into any one genre, its glam, disco, rap, funk, dance, techno, electronic and country all piled together. Its slightly weird stuff and a curious mix.
Things open with Rock with a Slam and for me it isn’t a good indication of things to come. This is verging on rock but unfortunately it has Kid Rock type rap all through it.
Looking at the track list I cant help but wonder what the idea (or perhaps lack of ideas) is behind all the double whammy song titles. Oh La La, Bling Bling and Jump Jump for example. Jump Jump is rappy and Bling Bling goes into country territory but both are annoying and naturally repetitive lyrically. While Boob Boob Booty may sound like it should be fun, this is another one that makes me want to tear my hair out with one of the most irritating ditties in musical history, although this could mean it takes off with a vengeance in dance clubs.
Sucker Punch is probably one of the better tunes on Choreography Sucks. It has a cool beat and groove that is quite catchy but I cant really find anything else here I like a great deal. Give the Radio Back is rather melodic but sickly. Sumthin Huge is probably the worst, sounding like a cross between glam and disco gone wrong. Although I couldn’t help but smirk at the corny line “hey baby dig the horny horns” and then we get a blast of horns from the brass section.
Julian Angel is obviously a talented musician, being pretty much a one-man band and he can sing o.k. and while Choreography Sucks does not completely suck, it mostly does. This really doesn’t float my boat and I can’t say I will be listening to this again in a hurry, but if you want to hear something kind of innovative and a little different, give it a whirl.
You can hear songs from Choreography Sucks at Julian Angel’s myspace page.
1. Rock With A Slam (Intro)
2. Sucker Punch
3. Sumthin’ Huge
4. Teaser / Pleaser
5. Oh La La
6. Give The Radio Back
7. Bling Bling
8. This Is On You
9. Boob Boob Booty
10. Jump Jump
11. Strip Down Vegas
12. What Goes Up
13. Sucker Punch (Radio Edit)
Julian Angel – All Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers and Drum Programming except:
Jesse Curse – Acoustic Drums
Cat: Backing Vocals on Jump Jump
The Horny Horns: Brass Section
Reviewed by Tania
Check out the latest video by Crash Diet, Falling Rain. This song is on the band’s new CD, The Unattractive Revolution, which is available for purchase here.