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Album Review

This is the most overtly commercial of Virgin Steele's albums. It does have its moments: the anthemic '80s rocker "Love Is Pain," the tender ballad "Last Rose of Summer," and the highly libidinous, Zeppelin-esque "I Dress in Black." Some of the best pieces are the shorter keyboard instrumentals.


Formed: 1981

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Despite the fact that they are an American band, Virgin Steele are gradually becoming a European metal phenomenon. The group — perennially led by vocalist/keyboardist David DeFeis since their inception in the fall of 1981 — is a fine example of a heavy metal band that assimilates classical influences into its romantic, symphonic-based sound. Virgin Steele began humbly with two self-released albums which, after being picked up for international distribution, brought in combined sales of...
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