Virgin Steele were formed in Long Island, New York in 1981 and released their debut, self titled album in 1982, the same year that Manowar, formed in Auburn, New York in 1980, released their debut album 'Battle Hymns'. It seems like he did not recognize the fact that there are over two dozen cover tunes in this set. As far as the style of music, Virgin Steele has always been some kind of a chameleon. Few bands delve into the intricacy and musical territories explored by Virgin Steele here, and by very few, I do mean like maybe a dozen of them have the balls to change has much as they did. Basically, David said fuck you, I can do what you do on a computer. Most bands that try to have multiple small instrumentals in their albums, end up destroying the flow because they do it very poorly. David had already shown he was proficient with the keys, this album just has him on the center and shining like a true beacon of light.
Now I am not for one minute trying to suggest that there is any plagiarism going on here; this example is merely to demonstrate how similar DeFeis' voice is to that of Eric Adams and there are scores more similar examples that I could quote, likewise for the Savatage comparison, 'Iphigenia In Hades', also from Act I and 'One Child' from Savatage's 'Dead Winter Dead' album being just one. Everything sounds bloodless and blah, there is no dramatic moments, no soaring choruses, no outstanding melodies, it just blubbers past and even when the tempo goes up a bit, there is no power, no conviction. This album is pretty much perfect, easily in the top 3 of 90s Power Metal. I needed several listens to adapt to this album, it still is Virgin Steele but their sound is now very different from what it once was. Score: 8 out of 10, not perfect but damn fucking enjoyable. I'm going to put this in very simple terms: you don't like this song, you don't like music. I try to always take the good with the bad, but on this trilogy there just is nothing that I could really name as redeeming qualities or factors, especially when coming from one of the most established names in the field, because they themselves have set the bar that they now are being measured against.
Great Sword Of Flame 4:29 16. The best Power Metal song Virgin Steele ever wrote is right here:. Their previous albums had songs like Noble Savage and The Burning of Rome, but they also had cock Rock like Rock Me and Seventeen. Together The manager and David made some shenanigans contract that gave legal rights to David as long as that particular manager was in the band. Their most grandiose and intricate sound. Even in 1997, when Starr tried to get back to Virgin Steele they even wrote some new songs together , David caused problems again because he couldn't get his way on some bullshit production values, because he is a spoiled kid.
Did you do that on purpose to ignore the? Do yourself a favor and listen at least the volume 1 black wine for mourning. Of course, the band always sold well and they were always well received, they did some decent concerts, but Virgin Steele never became the powerhouse it should have, and by powerhouse, I mean this band has crafted an insane amount of songs that could easily fill 3 hours of quality live material. Please read the before posting. And the whole thing pretty much started when Visions of Eden was in the works, if you ask me. It also doesn't need to be appreciated from a lyrical standpoint and can be simply enjoyed for its perfect music, because these interludes are like mini-songs that stand on their own. And it didn't sell as much as it should, it was very well received just like Noble Savage, a lot of praises for the splendor feel it had.
A Song Of Prophecy 2:16 12. Maybe they had run out of time, or they rushed everything because the label was in financial trouble. This could very easily be a Manowar album, they even made it inconsistent just like Manowar; the vocals are crazy a bit like Eric Adams; a bit of keyboard masturbation, in Manowar its bass masturbation; Pretentious? The culmination is where it goes full epic, it's the celebration and the return of the victorious Agamemnon. Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes The Messenger's Song 1:25 6. Day Of Wrath 1:51 15.
Hafid from Casablanca,Morocco I have to agree with the review. It's still Power Metal of course, but no one had this passionate edge or managed to sound epic in 4 to 6 minutes. Conclusions Should have done this a few years ago so it wouldn't close on the most disappointing album I heard in 2015. In Triumph Or Tragedy 1:43 7. This song is a monument of Power Metal, a landmark, this what all bands want to write. He is constantly making weird sounds now, a lot more than what he used to utter.
It has the subtitle A Barbaric-Romantic Opera. I'd buy that album based on cover alone and be predisposed to loving the music within just because it's so good. But first, we'll see how Virgin Steele was formed. From song 6 Persephone and onwards, you can pick any song and it's going to suck major donkey balls. The second half of this interlude goes into a slightly dramatic tone, hinting to something bad that is about to happen, and I'll stop here because there's indeed a vile plan in the making. This album has 22 tracks and its 75 minutes long.
Enter David DeFeis and Virgin Steele. Bear in mind, this is still nothing like the trademark sound of Virgin Steele, but it starts to take form in this very record. Isen Torr, no doubt one of the most impeccable demos I have ever heard. On the same plate, comes the best grilled stake you've ever seen and right next to it is a turd, Stay on Top is that turd. Score: 6,5 out of 10, The highs are really high, the lows are really low.
The best example is Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle-Earth discussed , with interludes that just get in the way and only progress the story and never the music. I bet he has somehow managed to alienate pretty much everyone around him, so he has no one left to make music with. It's a lot like Noble Savage like I said, high highs, low lows. One of the most impressive discographies up until that point, and then that stain! Enters Edward Pursino, an angel. You've definitely made me more disposed to checking out Black Light Bacchanalia; I was worried due to poor reviews in general and the awful Nocturnes. Add to that that the following two songs almost seamlessly pick up where it left off, making it feel like an even longer torture.
Not much is known about Virgin Steele between the first and second album, but something really good must have happened because this album is very consistent and way better than the first, probably just musical maturation, still impressive. Also the Baccenalia album is very good. Overall this is a very complex album and hard to enjoy on first listens, and it doesn't play out like a Metal album at all. Some songs stand out, but the rest is just ok. Surprisingly I think this one is very inconsistent, it has its moments for sure, but the album often goes from really good to really crappy really quick, like Trump's presidential campaign.