Virgin Steele

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Reviewed by: Christopher Foley

Virgin Steele (1982)

In the beginning there was… Well this strange little early eighties metal album, an uneven if slightly charming first release.

Guardians Of The Flame (1983)

This is where David DeFeis and the gang began channeling some of that Virgin Steele magic. An album firmly routed in its time, though certainly worth a listen for fans of the band.

Noble Savage (1985)

Their first classic amongst many. This is where Virgin Steele truly began to establish the their signature sound, with some surprisingly original and progressive ideas for the time.

Age Of Consent (1988)

Largely adhering to the Noble Savage mold. Although a confusing release history, some filler and a massive tracklist boxes in some of its mass appeal. Still some absolutely classic tracks are housed in this oft misunderstood release.

Life Among The Ruins (1993)

Speaking of misunderstood, here we have the black sheep of the Virgin Steele back catalogue. A departure from their eighties metal, and sharing little similarity with their upcoming epic direction; Life Among The Ruins is a polarizing album, although one I personally feel is ace.

The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell: Part I (1994)

Thus begins what a lot of Virgin Steele fans (and every now and then myself) like to refer to as the “classic five”. One of the best metal albums ever.

The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell: Part II (1995)

As flat-out superb as The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell: Part I is, I still give the edge to this one. Here Virgin Steele display an almost intimidating mastery over their genre, and it really should be heard to be believed.

Invictus (1998)

Invictus displays Virgin Steele at the most pugilistic and accessible, featuring some of their finest songs to date. As the third instalment of the Marriage series it comes up a little short, but as a stand alone album it is fabulous.

The House Of Atreus: Act I (1999)

A massive, dense metal opera which the world hasn’t seen the likes of since. The House Of Atreus: Act I should be essential listening for anyone reading here.

The House Of Atreus: Act II (2000)

Slightly dropping the ball and closing out Virgin Steele’s “classic five” stretch of albums. Whilst the weakest of the five, The House Of Atreus Act II thankfully boasts some stellar songs despite coming across a little bloated throughout.

Visions Of Eden (2006)

The game changer, for better or worse. One of the more polarizing albums within the power metal sphere, and one worthy of listening despite infamy.

The Black Light Bacchanalia (2010)

Continuing on the path traveled with Visions Of Eden, here Virgin Steele further expand upon their pomposity. A quality release, despite being impenetrable to many.

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