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Virgin Steele Mixing New Album, Gives Studio Update

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As Virgin Steele has wrapped up recording for their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," and is currently in mixing mode, David DeFeis gives us another weekly studio update. (Read Update #1, Update #2, Update #3 and Update 4.) In it, he also discusses many of the songs on the album. Here's what he has to say about it:

And here it is the final week of preparation for the album...Yes we are in mix mode and the songs are all starting to come alive. But there is still a ton of work to do, as this is one seriously long album. I don't think that I will do such a long Work again. This is quite insane...But anyway...the outcome is quite interesting for me. The epic, Barbaric & Romantic sound that people have come to know from VIRGIN STEELE is certainly in evidence on these tracks, but there is also some new ingredients that showcase another side of the Group. To me this one sounds polished yet very raw. There is a wildness to it, and a kind of recklessness that I enjoy. The drums are very live sounding....kind of like that Zeppelin open kit sound, and the guitars on some of the tracks are 7 string, so coupled with the bass and the various keys, there is a nice thickness all around. I am quite happy with the way several tracks I worked on today are turning out. TO CROWN THEM WITH HALOS & NECROPOLIS have big guitars, frantic drumming, the occasional classical keyboard flourish and raw throaty vocals. It is all very honest, heartfelt passionate music, and if you enjoyed what have done in the past, then I think you will like this one as well. I am trying to achieve the sound I hear in my head, and little by little it is arriving. I honestly wish I had another month to complete this, but I always go through that with every album...so all is normal I suppose...but this one has been a tough birth.

OK, time for wine and passing out....I've been at this for over 15 hours already.

Hail & Cheers to you all. Thanks for listening.


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1. Rubyred writes:

All the best to the Pioneer heavy Icons VIRGIN STEELE: the Lead/Frontman Founder-Vocalist David DeFeis, what power-set of Master lungs his been blessed with. I would say DIO, HUGHES, HALFORD, DeFEIS & COVERDALE (to name few) are definately my top 5 Master legendary Male Vocalists of all time. Amazing power-range all the way!!! Look forward to VIRGIN STEELE Epic new release "The Black Light Bacchanalia" (strange name) for it's gonna be a Epic killer!!! All the best to you and your band VIRGIN STEELE, Mr. DeFeis your dynomite!

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