There's something to be said about a band that puts a sense of cohesion into their albums. As far as the writing process goes, you always want to create something that flows nicely from start to finish and compliments each track to the max. Then again, sometimes there are bands that just like to coax on easy mode a little too much.
Even for the most classic of bands out there, artists can find themselves falling into bad habits every now and again, which often lead to songs that are a lot more tired sounding for their own good. Granted, there's nothing wrong with being a one trick pony either, and some of these songs are at least passable for what they are. If you're coming for an album experience though, these are the musical moments that are going to make your blood boil. These aren't just no names either, with most of them being big time musicians who have had the potential to wow us in the past.
In that respect, it's almost doubly disappointing, considering that we know that these people have the capacity to give us great songs and just refused to. Despite putting your heart and soul into everything you do, music can sometimes be like any other job, and these are the culprits that have no business staining these bands' legacies.
10. Nostradamus - Judas Priest
For all of the great metal that Judas Priest has given us over the years, it's hard to believe that a power metal concept album didn't come up sooner. Since these guys have distilled the essence of the lofty brand of metal down to a science, you'd think that this kind of thing would be a slam dunk. If it's Nostradamus though, you might want to be careful what you wish for.
That's not to say there isn't some decent highlights across Priest's first concept album, with songs like Pestilence and Plague having a decent enough groove and the title track being a good mission statement at the end. The only problem comes in the duration. Simply put, this did not need to be a double album, and the addition of the orchestral backing on some of these tracks just sound like they're making up for the fact that the guys didn't write a tune around the song.
Even with Halford still at his screaming best, this is practically a litmus test for when his voice starts to become a touch annoying. It's always good to hear Priest in full force, but the sheer size of this monstrosity will put your love of the metal priesthood to the test. A solid 40 minute album...it's a shame it's over 100 minutes.