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(1981 – present)

Virgin Steele is a heavy metal band from New York, founded in 1981.

They play what they call “barbaric-romantic” metal, which is very symphonic and contains many elements from classical music. Band-leader David DeFeis describes the music as “From a whisper to a scream, barbaric, romantic, bombastic, yet subtle, grandiose, yet earthy. A call, a shout, an invocation to Freedom and the continual awakening to the awareness that every moment of life is lived to its fullest potential. It is a force, a sacred quest which drives Virgin Steele on.


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  • SmilelimS

    the bonus tracks they added to the latest re-release of the Marriage albums are atrocious

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nikidaki

    I wonder why this group is unknown to the rest of Europe, here in Greece are large and well known,Hail from HELLAS!

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • qlacs

    Holy shit, I just washed the dishes for Invictus and it's so fuckin amazing! Man I feel sorry for these guys nobody knows them around here

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • okara67

    this is one of the best vocalist ever...

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • schmoove

    I'm so tired of reading the name Manowar when Virgin Steele is discussed. apart from both playing Heavy Metal they have nothing in common. Don't get me wrong, I love Manowar, but Virgin Steele is a whole different class from a musicianship Point of view.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    Junglemanchild, yeah, I think we've discussed where you come from since my last comment, and I've begun to understand what you mean! :) However, there are still many boring parts for me in that possibly grown musical variation! :) I don't know if they could make a "new Marriage/Invictus/Atreus 1" anymore though. They're getting tired and old! ;P Mostly worried about the vocals... DD wasn't that awesome on Timo Tolkki's Avalon... D:

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Etedesco

    JunglemanchiId, is right. I do understand your point of view, BLB is so epic as Invictus or Marriages, but with sort of variation and cadences. However, i prefer Invictus.

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • PrimevalScum

    i'll give a pinky toe to see them live; dont even care if they sound sub-par live

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JunglemanchiId

    "I don't understand, Junglemanchild, how does BLB even begin to resemble "more grandiose" than, say, Marriages (w/ Invictus) and Atreus pt. I. :)" - I think they are. Perhaps not in terms of epic metal sound but in terms of songwriting and what they are trying to pull off. Listen to VoE and BLB, see how long each song is, how often each song changes direction etc etc. That's what I mean. More and more seems to get added to the songs as new albums are released. I love those albums but I really really want another Invictus / Atreus style album before they call it a day :D .

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Kir_666_Kir

    Щикарно ^_^

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • British_Viking

    Unfortunately, Virgin Steele have serious difficulties pulling off their sound live (David DeFeis seems to spend entire gigs playing about with how his voice should sound). In the metal scene, the easiest way to be known is by earning a reputation as a good live band - unless there's a label you religiously follow. Not much metal is promoted via the media nowadays.

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Timekeeperrr

    I wonder why they're so unknown [2]

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Colony666

    I wonder why they're so unknown

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Stargazer90

    They're one of my favorite bands, been listening to them since 2003.... yet it seems that they're getting less and less famous every year, thanks to lack of touring and poorly produced (VOE) or downright bad (BLB) albums....

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Baneblaster

    Complete and Utter Brilliance.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    I mean, how much more grandiose than "Veni, Vidi, Vici" can you possibly get in any type of music? :D

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    V Yes. After pretty much forcing myself to like Black Light Bacchanalia, it still feels a bit dry and bland sometimes. It took a hell of a lot of time to get into it, and even then it's nowhere near VS's best works. I don't know Kiara, nor what DD has done with her supposedly, but speaking only about Virgin Steele, yes, both his vocals and songwriting seem to be going down with him. Only the sheer amount of material he seems to write nowadays is concerning - there is bound to be SO MUCH throwaway stuff that will only make it to the bonuses, and he can hardly write a consistent album anymore. I still liked Visions of Eden a lot, especially Immortal I Stand and some of those slower songs, but with Invictus II, VoE and BLB, it's been increasingly difficult all the time. The guy seems great merely with ballads these days. I don't understand, Junglemanchild, how does BLB even begin to resemble "more grandiose" than, say, Marriages (w/ Invictus) and Atreus pt. I. :)

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pkmetal

    VS has been my favorite band for going on 20 years, but I didn't like Visions of Eden or Blacklight (and am not alone in that), so I would differ about a reduction in writing quality. Yet unlike most bands, I will give VS a 3rd and 4th and probably 5th chance to win me back.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JunglemanchiId

    His song writing hasn't dwindled. Each project seems to be more grandiose. Just hoping the Invictus bonus CD has actual Invictus style tracks.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pkmetal

    Just read the news, and I say this as a huge fan... Why o why would David work with Kiara, former Skylark singer and my official vote for Worst Metal Vocalist in the History Of Time Itself. She just cannot sing, period. I have hope for VS 2014, but it looks more and more as if DD's best days are behind him. :( :( :(

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
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