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Formed: 1981
From: NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Virgin Steele news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Virgin Steele Announces New Album

SPV / Steamhammer is proud to announce a new Virgin Steele studio album for February / March 2015.

This will be the first full-length album with brand new songs since "The Black Light Bacchanalia" released in 2010. David DeFeis describes the new album:

"....it is a very heavy non-concept type album in the vein of something like a Noble Savage or an Age Of Consent, where there is no particular 'story' that one has to follow...it is instead a straightforward collection of songs that work well together. It is about 80-90% tracked already, and final mixing will begin next month!"

He further stated that: "I know that we announced a box-set was to be issued this autumn, which in addition to two more re-issues, would also have included a new bonus album called 'Ghost Harvest,' (which by the way is finished and ready to go).... but... the group and I and our label all feel that the time is right now first for some brand new U.S. metal in the style that Virgin Steele deliver, therefore the new album is now our focus but...fear not...the previously discussed box set will be released later next year, most likely a short time after we issue the brand new release that we are currently completing. More...

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Virgin Steele Re-Issuing Albums Via SPV

SPV / Steamhammer is proud to re-release Virgin Steele's "The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell I+II" and "Invictus."

These 2 CD digipak re-releases both come with special bonus material and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis. They are due out on June 16th in Europe and June 24th in North America. David DeFeis comments on the re-releases:

"It is an honor, and it is my great pleasure to be able to re-release with SPV, The two 'Marriage Of Heaven and Hell' albums, and the 'Invictus' album this year. These albums loom large in our Catalogue, and so much of our blood, sweat & history can be found within the fabric of these Works.

"In addition to the original running order titles we will also present various bonus tracks...The Marriage Of Heaven and Hell discs contain two live tracks recorded in Germany during 'The Marriage' Tour, plus some new songs. Originally on the bonus disc for Invictus we had planned to issue this new 19 song 'Ghost Harvest' collection that I had spoken about in the latest interviews. That plan has changed.

"Ghost Harvest, (which has now grown into more than 1 CD at this time!!!)....will instead be included in the upcoming box-set...(Please See further down)...and the bonus disc inside Invictus, which bears the title: 'Fire Spirits' will contain over the top acoustic versions of various songs mainly taken from The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell and Invictus albums... (but a few others appear as well)....It will also contain a brand new track recorded this week.

"The performances on 'Fire Spirits' were captured live and are raw, heartfelt and genuine. We wanted to show those who missed out on the acoustic gigs we had done, some of what went on there, and to also express how powerful these stripped down versions can be. With the appearance of these re-issues and the inclusion of all the various bonus tracks contained within these collections, we give thanks and salute all of you who have taken this Barbaric-Romantic ride with us....we hope you will enjoy these Works that celebrate the interaction and chemistry of the group, and which are testament to the enduring strength of our friendship..." More...

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Virgin Steele Re-Releasing "Life Among The Ruins"

SPV / Steamhammer is proud to re-release Virgin Steele's "Life Among The Ruins." This 2 CD digipak re-release comes with massive bonus tracks and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis. Release dates are as follows:

Europe June 18th, 2012
Germany June 15th, 2012
Canada/U.S. July 17th, 2012

"Life Among the Ruins" was the fifth full-length studio album by U.S. heavy metal band Virgin Steele. It was originally released in 1993 and was the first album with bassist Rob DeMartino, who replaced Joe O'Reilly, retired from the scene.

David DeFeis comments on the re-release: "We will shortly be re-releasing our Life Among The Ruins album. This 2012 version will be in digi-pak form and contain not one...but 2 discs with a large amount of extra ingredients. On the first disc we include 5 rare & unvarnished acoustic recordings, plus a full band bonus track. On disc #2 we have included 20 tracks. These tracks consist of a large amount of newly recorded material completed just this week, as well as alternate mixes of some of the album's original tracks. And in addition we have also included a never released track from somewhere around that period of time. All the material has been re-mastered, and the package will feature copious liner notes, photos and unique packaging!"

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Voltax To Play Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse

Mexico's Voltax is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse 2012, which takes place on May 18th and 19th. The currently announced running order is as follows:

Friday, May 18

Stone Magnum
Borrowed Time
Blacksmith
A Sound of Thunder
Pharaoh
Voltax
Virgin Steele

Saturday, May 19

Ancient Creation
VOZ
Damien Thorne
Slauter Xstroyes
Skull Fist
Brocas Helm
Wizard

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Virgin Steele Posts New Music Video

New York metal act Virgin Steele posted a new music video for "Perfect Mansions." The song originally appeared as a bonus track on the band's 1997 reissue (through Noise Records) of the 1988 album "Age Of Consent," which was also reissued as a deluxe edition this past November hrough SPV/Steamhammer (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

The video was filed in Long Island a few weeks ago. Check it out here:

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Ragnarökkr Metal Fest Lineup Announced

The lineup has now been revealed for the upcoming Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse 2012, which takes place from May 18th - 19th in Joliet, IL. The following bands will be playing the two day fest:

Virgin Steele
Wizard (Germany)
Brocas Helm
Pharaoh
Skull Fist (Canada)
Damien Thorne
Slauter Xstroyes
Blacksmith
A Sound of Thunder
Borrowed Time
Voz
Ancient Creation
Stone Magnum

For more information on the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, head over to the festival's official website and Facebook profile.

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Virgin Steele Announces U.S. Shows

American heavy metal masters Virgin Steele have confirmed two upcoming North American shows for 2012. The first is a headlining appearance in Amityville, New York January 14th at Ollie's Point. The second show will be May 12th in Joliet, IL at Mojoe's where Virgin Steele is headlining the Ragnarokkr Festival.

Virgin Steele released the band's latest studio effort "The Black Light Bacchanalia" in November of 2010 and can be purchased here. SPV/Steamhammer has also now reissued some of the classics from the Virgin Steele back catalog including "Noble Savage" and "Age of Consent."

Virgin Steele's upcoming live shows are as follows:

1/14: Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point
5/18: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes (Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Festival)

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Virgin Steele To Re-Release "Age Of Consent"

U.S. power metal band Virgin Steele will re-release the band's 1988 album "Age of Consent" on both 2CD digipak and double gatefold blue vinyl format. The re-packaged LP, complete with new photos and unreleased bonus tracks is set for release, on November 22, 2011 (North America), November 25, 2011 (Germany) and November 28, 2011 (EU) through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

Singer David DeFeis commented on the re-release: "Our good Friends over at SPV will be re-issuing our AGE OF CONSENT album in November 2011. To me 'Age Of Consent' is the album that I usually refer to as...'the one that got away album' in our career. When it was originally released it was sent out into the World without any promotion or fanfare, much like a soldier, catapulted onto a battlefield, naked and without any weapons. Because of this many people were completely unaware of its existence. Therefore we are absolutely over the moon about being able to present it to you once again. For this re-issue, I have re-mastered all the songs from the original source tapes, and...added several more "Bonus Tracks". Some of the bonus material features brand new compositions, and other tracks are covers that have been re-arranged and in some cases re-written. We hope that you will join us in celebrating our anniversary, and....we hope you will enjoy & play at maximum volume...these Barbaric-Romantic creations...."

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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Suffocation Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Suffocation is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which sets sail on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, FL. So far 22 of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed. The current list is as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Cannibal Corpse To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Cannibal Corpse is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. The currently announced acts (with 19 of 40 being confirmed so far) are as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE

The cruise will sail Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27th, 2012.

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Virgin Steele Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Virgin Steele has been confirmed as the latest act to perform at the upcoming 70,000 Tons of metal cruise. The organizers of the cruise commented:

"Make no mistake, 70000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"

So far the following 18 (of 40 total) bands have been revealed:

AMORPHIS
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise will sail on Monday January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will return on Friday January 27th, 2012.

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Virgin Steele Adds New Live Dates

BW&BK reported that power metal veterans Virgin Steele have added the following new live shows in Europe this fall:

10/19/2011: Barcelona, Spain - Sala Salamandra
10/22/2011: Bilbao, Spain - Sala Rockstar Live
10/22/2011: Madrid, Spain - Sala Live
11/05/2011: Bologna, Italy - Estragon (Steelfest 2011)
11/06/2011: Athens, Greece - Kyttaro (Up The Hammers Festival)

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Virgin Steele Releases New Music Video

New York heavy metal act Virgin Steele has posted another new music video online. The video was comprised for the track "By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)," and comes off the band's latest album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia", which was released last November through SPV/Steamhammer Records. You can view the video in the player below.

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Virgin Steele Posts New Music Video Online

New York heavy metal act Virgin Steele has posted a new music video online. The video was comprised for the track "God Of Violence Kill," which is featured as a bonus track on the group's "Noble Savage" reissue. You can view the video in the player below.

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Virgin Steele To Reissue "Noble Savage"

American heavy metal act Virgin Steele will be reissuing the classic 1986 album "Noble Savage." The album will released May 17th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer. This deluxe reissue will be available as a double CD digipak as well as a double gatefold LP. "Noble Savage," the third album Virgin Steele, was released in 1986 by Cobra Records. The track listing of the reissue is as follows:

CD 1

01. We Rule The Night
02. I´m On Fire
03. Thy Kingdom Come
04. Image Of A Faun At Twilight (instrumental)
05. Noble Savage
06. Fight Tooth And Nail
07. The Evil In her Eyes
08. Rock Me
09. Don`t Close Your Eyes
10. The Angel Of Light
11. Obession (It Burns For You) - bonus track
12. Love And Death - bonus track
13. Where Are You Running To - bonus track
14. Come On And Love Me - bonus track
15. The Spirit Of Steele - bonus track
16. The Pyre of Kings (instrumental) - bonus track

CD 2 - Extra Noble Ingredients More...

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