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Releases : 15     Total votes : 2     Reviews : 2
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Artist

Virgin Steele

CountryUnited States
FormedOctober 1981, Long Island, New York, United States
GenresHeavy Metal, Power Metal, Hard Rock
LabelsSPV, Steamhammer

Line-up (members)

  • David DeFeis : Vocals, Keyboards, Orchestration (1981-), Bass (2002-)
  • Edward Pursino : Guitars (1985-), Bass (1994-1995, 1999-2002)
  • Joshua Block : Bass (2000-2002), Guitars (2000-)

Former members

  • Joe O'Reilly : Bass (1981-1992)
  • Kelly Nichols : Bass (1981)
  • Joey Ayvazian : Drums (1981-1995)
  • Jack Starr : Guitars (1981-1984)
  • Teddy Cook : Bass (1992)
  • Rob DeMartino : Bass (1993-2001)
  • Frank Gilchriest : Drums (1994-2015)
  • Jeff Beavers : Bass (2000)
  • Frank Zummo : Drums (2001)
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Discography

ImageAlbum titleRankTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Virgin Steele preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Guardians Of The Flame preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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Noble Savage preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Age Of Consent preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Life Among The Ruins preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell: Part I preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell: Part II preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Invictus preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
The House Of Atreus Act l preview 369 collectionwish list Studio 95 11
preview collectionwish list EP - 00
The House Of Atreus Act II preview 1,579 collectionwish list Studio 80 11
Visions Of Eden preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
The Black Light Bacchanalia preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation preview collectionwish list Studio - 00

Top Tracks

Track titleAlbum titleRatingVotes
1Kingdom Of The Fearless (The Destruction Of Troy) preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 1001
2Child Of Desolation preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 1001
3Agony And Shame preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 1001
4Gate Of Kings preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 1001
5Blaze Of Victory (The Watchman's Song) preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
6Through The Ring Of Fire preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
7Return Of The King preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
8Flames Of The Black Star (The Arrows Of Heracles) preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
9A Song Of Prophecy preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
10G Minor Invention (Descent Into Death's Twilight Kingdom) preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
11Great Sword Of Flame preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
12The Fire God preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 951
13Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes (The Messenger's Song) preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 901
14And Hecate Smiled preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 901
15Day Of Wrath preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 901
16Iphigenia In Hades preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 901
17Garden Of Lamentation preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 901
18Via Sacra preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 901
19Fire Of Ecstasy preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 901
20Ressurection Day (The Finale) preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 901
21Prelude In A Minor (The Voyage Home) preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 851
22In Triumph Or Tragedy preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 851
23Narcissus preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 851
24The Gift Of Tantalos preview The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 851
25Wings Of Vengeance preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 851
26The Wine Of Violence preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 851
27Flames Of Thy Power (From Blood They Rise) preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 851
28The Voice As Weapon preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 801
29Summoning The Powers preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 801
30Arms Of Mercury preview The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 801
Additional notes
Virgin Steele was formed in 1981 by guitarist Jack Starr, who soon found drummer Joey Ayvazian and bassist Kelly Nichols. A host of singers were considered, before David DeFeis (who had been in the bands Phoenix and Mountain Ash) joined, thanks to amazing renditions of Child in Time, No Quarter, and Catch the Rainbow. He brought with him bassist Joe O'Reilly, whom he had met in music school. Kelly Nichols left, but would later show up in L.A. Guns! In October, 1981, Virgin Steele was officially born.

A demo was recorded in November 1981 after three weeks of rehearsing. This actually turned into the "Virgin Steele" album, and was released in late 1981. The track "Children of the Storm" was featured on Mike Varney's "U.S. Metal" compilation, in 1982. In 1983, the second album was released, "Virgin Steele II: Guardians of the Flame". An EP was released as well, called "A Cry in the Night" in Europe, and "Wait for the Night" in the US, with a slightly different tracklist. The band also had an appearance on 1984's "New York Metal" compilation, as well as a historic concert on March 28th, 1984, where "Miss New York Metal" was crowned. (A bootleg video exists!)

At this point in time, Jack Starr and David Defeis wanted to go in different directions musically, and David, Joe, and Joey had started jamming with guitarist Edward Pursino. This led to Jack Starr being fired from the band in 1984. After a legal battle, the band was allowed to keep the name Virgin Steele, despite Jack being the founding member. Edward was never officially invited to join the band, he just "came down one day and never left" (David Defeis, 1997).

At this point in time, 1985, the band actually recorded a speed metal album under the name Exorcist... this was none other than Defeis, Pursino, O'Reilly, and Ayvazian! However, the band to this day denies that it was them - possibly due to legal implications with Jack Starr. Later in 1985, the Noble Savage album was recorded, and released in 1986 after the conclusion of legal dealings. 1987 brought tours with Manowar and Black Sabbath, both in Europe, and the recording of the album "Age of Consent". Due to Joe O'Reilly being ill, it was David and Edward that played the bass in the studio. The album was finished in July, 1988, on Maze Records, and due to awful promotion, remained very obscure for a while. But the band continued touring. David Defeis also did a few gigs with Jack Starr (of all people!), Bobby Rondinelli and future Virgin Steele bassist Rob DeMartino in a band called Smokestack Lightning in 1990.

In 1992, Joe O'Reilly left, and was replaced by Teddy Cook (Dio) for some studio sessions, and finally Rob DeMartino. This lineup recorded 1993's "Life Among the Ruins" and there was a European tour.

David Defeis felt "an abundance of energy and creativity" in 1994, and decided to do a double album, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". A total of 60 songs were originally written: 30 by David, and 30 more by David and Edward! Bass was handled by Edward Pursino, as Rob had joined Rainbow for a tour. The first part of the double album was released in January, 1995, and the second in 1996. Joey Ayvazian left the band sometime during the Marriage II sessions, and Rob returned as a full member, though only for the tour (Edward handled the bass). Joey retired and became an inventor! Frank Gilchriest replaced him.

The Invictus album was released in 1998, and then another two-part concept album, "The House of Atreus". Recent releases include "The Book of Burning" and "Hymns to Victory", which include re-recorded songs from the old days of the band, and finally all of the old albums up to Age of Consent have been re-mastered with bonus tracks.

Bassist Josh Block joined after Rob DeMartino left the band, during the European tour in 2001. Frank Gilchriest recently joined Gothic Knights.

Former member Jack Starr has reappeared with a new band titled, appropriately enough, Guardians of the Flame.
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