Latest Nostradamus Stories

2010-12-15 14:39:17

Multidisciplinary medical identification of a French king's head (Henri IV) The skeletons of kings and queens lying in mass graves in the Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis in Paris could finally have the solemn funeral ceremonies they deserve, say experts in the Christmas issue published on bmj.com today. Many of the graves in the Royal Basilica were destroyed by revolutionaries in 1793 and very few remains of the mummified bodies have been preserved and identified. Dr Philippe Charlier led the...

2009-02-06 10:30:00

British heavy metal band Judas Priest is hoping the third time's a charm -- at least when it comes to the Grammy Awards. The veteran quintet is nominated twice for songs from its 2008 rock opera Nostradamus -- Best Metal Performance for the title track and Best Hard Rock performance for Visions. The group has been nominated for Grammys twice before but has yet to win. It's an absolute thrill and an honor, says singer Rob Halford. The fact that we have two nominations rather than just one is...

2008-08-22 15:00:35

By Nathalie Baret For the Journal Coming up with an interesting subject matter for a new album is one thing, but when mulling the idea of producing a concept record - - well, the stakes just got higher. Now a collection of tunes have to be written, arranged and sequenced so each track bleeds into the next, smooth as butter. Sounds like a lot on one plate. "Not this time around," said Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, calling from his hotel room in Dsseldorf, Germany. "More than...

2008-07-07 03:00:00

By Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 7--When estranged singer Rob Halford rejoined Judas Priest, the band released 2005's Angel of Retribution, a strong collection of songs that showed the middle-aged band of middle-aged men could still bring the heavy-metal heat, mixing their classic power metal sound with strains of the thrash metal they helped inspire. One of the few missteps on Angel was the plodding album closer Loch Ness, a silly 13-minute ode to Nessie that...

2008-06-22 15:00:13

Rating: 5 After much hype and fanfare, "Nostradamus" is upon us, and as promised, it's a big one, comprised of 23 songs over the course of more than 100 minutes. More of a loose narrative akin to Iron Maiden's similarly themed "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son," as opposed to a full-on rock opera like Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime,""Nostradamus" is surprisingly streamlined, the bruising attack of guitarists Glen Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.