First rule of any JP album, there must be a track with a title ending in ...ER, think Grinder, Sinner, the ripper, Jawbreaker, Cheater and pushing the point a little, Rocka Rolla. Shock! Horror! there's no such track to be found on Nostradamus
So having established that the rule book's taken a hike for this one, what have we got? Well if you were expecting another bunch of NWOBHM tracks from a group of blokes who have got back together merely to top up the pension fund, well forget it. This is a complete departure from the well trodden path, yes its a concept album but a concept album without the long dreary pretentious bits of many of the 70's worst examples of the genre. Instead its soars and dives from thrashing guitar to gentle melody and back like a Wagner opera.
Die hard fans looking for another "British Steel" will be sorely disapointed, imagine Marilion lyrics played by Iron Maiden with instrumental sections by Ian Anderson (no flutes though) and your about there. That being said, if you're the kind of person who can enjoy Motorhead whilst still appreciating Mozart, its well worth buying even if it should have had one more track - Prophesier!!