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Virgin Steele Completes New Album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia"

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After running into some setbacks and having to recover and re-record a number of parts, Virgin Steele has finally completed their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia." Here's the final update for Metalunderground.com from frontman David DeFeis on the recording of the new album:

Well, believe it or not we have actually finished the album and sent it off to our label, Steamhammer SPV for publication/replication. It was a mad, wild time these past few weeks & days recording and mixing like banshees! But we made it. A week ago seems like an entire lifetime ago. It seems like every possible situation and change of season has occurred in a matter of hours and days. I personally went through the full dynamic range of emotional upheavals possible. One minute I was on top of the World, the next completely beneath it...and everything in between. Through it all as we say here in the Land Of Steele....we remained...Invictus!

As always, when it comes time to actually part with an album and send it off into the World, I get very crazy. I always want to completely re-do it, to go back to the beginning and live with everything longer, but this of course is impossible. I am always frantic and rushed with every album, but this one was exceptionally challenging. Its birth was very much like how they did it in the long, long past, when people like Chuck Berry or Elvis would record a song, and then it would be immediately pressed and released only a few short hours later. After finishing these final mixes, I straight away began the process to send the album over to our label, so I really did not have the opportunity to live with these final mixes, listen back and adjust anything along the way. I trust that all turned out well and can only judge things from my initial gut reaction, which was that everything seems fine and nice and raw! In the end Life goes on and all projects must have their completion, and this one is now well on its way to landing in your hands soon. I hope you enjoy it. All of us here in the House Of Steele stand behind it, and think that it makes a very appropriate soundtrack to the coming Autumnal Season. We poured all our blood, sweat, & energy into these tracks and everything from $200 dollar scotch (a very nice gift from a Fan) to 7-11 coffee went into the making of it. May it empower you and take you on journeys both strange & beautiful....

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