Virgin Steele Working On New Album, Gives Studio Update and Reveals Tracklisting
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New York metal veterans Virgin Steele are working on a new album and frontman David Defeis has given Metalunderground.com an exclusive first studio update and revealed the tracklisting of the new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia." Defeis updates us:
It will be quite a long album...close to 80 minutes...The album (to be really brief), concerns the reversal of all things...Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons…of the new religion. The Black Light Bacchanalia is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the "Goddess Principle", switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God...., ultimately leading to organized religion completely overthrowing the ancient Pagan way of life, and ushering in the "dark ages"...The album also deals with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising...Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album...Musically it is quite something else...
The album will be issued in a normal CD format, plus a limited edition version with bonus tracks, and also a vinyl version. We will most likely have 3 different, yet related covers for the various versions.
At the moment we have just completed all the drums and bass. Most of the keyboards have also been completed, and we are in the process of finalizing the guitar & vocal tracks. Mixing will commence once the guitars & vocals are complete.
Hail & Cheers, to you All, and thanks for listening....
The tracklisting for "The Black Light Bacchanalia" has also been revealed as follows:
By The Hammer of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
The Bread of Wickedness
In A Dream Of Fire
The Orpheus Taboo
Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
To Crown Them With Halos Parts 1 & 2
The Torture's Of The Damned
The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
Virgin Steele's new worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer includes the reissue of the band's entire back catalogue - from "Noble Savage" onward. The back catalog will be made available throughout 2011, with faithfully restored covers and booklets, bonus tracks and liner notes.
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