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Virgin Steele


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Virgin Steele est un groupe de Heavy metal de New York, fondé en 1981. Plus récemment ils utilisent des éléments de Metal symphonique et progressif, leur style est quelquefois appelé epic metal.

Ils jouent ce qu’ils appellent du « barbare-romantique » métal, très symphonique avec de nombreuses caractéristiques de la musique classique. David DeFeis, le leader du groupe, donne cette description de leur musique : D’un murmure à un hurlement, barbare, romantique, emphatique, mais subtil, grandiose, mais terre-a-terre. Un appel, un cri une invocation de la Liberté et le réveil continuel jusqu’à la prise de conscience que tout moment de la vie doit être vécu jusqu’à son plein potentiel. C’est une force, une quête sacrée qui dirige Virgin Steele.


Le groupe a été fondé au début des années quatre-vingts par Jack Starr, un guitariste d’origine française, qui voulait trouver la recette pour former le groupe de heavy metal ultime. Le premier à répondre à l’appel fût le batteur Joey Ayvazian, et ensemble ils ont commencé à auditionner des chanteurs. Après une quarantaine de candidats, un ami de Joey présente David DeFeis à Jack. No Quarter de Led Zeppelin, Child In Time de Deep Purple et Catch The Rainbow de Rainbow lui permettent de se voir octroyé le rôle de chanteur, rôle qu’il a gardé depuis. Pour compléter la formation, David amène avec lui le bassiste Joe O’Reilly pour remplacer Kelly Nichols qu’il trouve mauvais.


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  • 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 jui. 1h20m Répondre
  • Kir_666_Kir

    Щикарно ^_^

    23 mai 17h12m Répondre
  • 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 mars 13h26m Répondre
  • Timekeeperrr

    I wonder why they're so unknown [2]

    28 fév. 11h05m Répondre
  • Colony666

    I wonder why they're so unknown

    27 jan. 16h08m Répondre
  • 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 déc. 2013 Répondre
  • Baneblaster

    Complete and Utter Brilliance.

    25 nov. 2013 Répondre
  • Lionheartattack

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

    13 nov. 2013 Répondre
  • 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 Répondre
  • 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 Répondre
  • 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 Répondre
  • 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 Répondre
  • Lionheartattack

    So a whole new bonus CD w/ Invictus re-release in February, then one out of the promised three new studio albums coming out in September, and the DVD's on hold? I don't exactly hold my breath, but good news nonetheless! :> In the meantime I better listen to those NS, AoC and LAtR re-release bonuses!

    21 oct. 2013 Répondre
  • JunglemanchiId

    http://www.virgin-steele.com/news.html - New info on the re issues, bonus albums, new album etc etc!

    15 oct. 2013 Répondre
  • SexLuthor

    uriah heep cover stay on top is awesome...

    3 oct. 2013 Répondre
  • King_of_Zeroes

    Like a less heavily lubed Manowar!

    5 jui. 2013 Répondre
  • Alice_North

    heavy n power \m/

    14 juin 2013 Répondre
  • SpiritWarrior

    "The House Of Atreus: Act I" and "The House Of Atreus: Act II" are most perfect albums of all time! only surpassed by the intense INVICTUS ! ! ! Glory to Virgin Steele ! ! !

    24 mai 2013 Répondre
  • mattimek

    The House of Atreus!

    23 avr. 2013 Répondre
  • ikd-sj

    "trail of tears" incredible ヽ(゚∀゚ )ノ

    11 avr. 2013 Répondre
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