Reviews of "Nostradamus"

NIKOLO KOTZEVíS NOSTRADAMUS
(Steamhammer/ SPV)


An all-star cast taking on a rock opera based on the life and prophecies of Nostradamus. Joe Lynn Turner, Alannah Myles, Sass Jordan, Glenn Hughes, Doogie White and more. Can't fault the talent.

Imagine Queen at its most excessive. And then square that. Nikolo Kotzev has spared no effort in creating his world. The songs are utterly overwrought. The lyrics are rather artless, simply telling the story in the most straightforward way possible. This does explain what's going on, but it doesn't help much with character development.

The music is classical prog, with plenty of "medieval" touches. It's far too much, but that works. I mean, this is a piece concerning Nostradamus, the most over-hyped prophet in the history of the world. If you're not over-the-top, you're not telling the story right.

A lot of fun, if you don't take it too seriously. I'm not too impressed by the "dramatic" elements, but the songs are fun, particularly when multiple cast members start wailing. Kinda an ultimate extension of the whole Eurometal ideal. That's the part I like.





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