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Virgin Steele

CountryUnited States
FormedOctober 1981, Long Island, New York
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)
Releases : 15     Total votes : 2     Reviews : 2
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Virgin Steele Discography

Album title Type Released Rating Votes Reviews
Virgin Steele - Virgin Steele (1982) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - Guardians Of The Flame (1983) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1983) collection wish list EP - 0 0
Virgin Steele - Noble Savage (1986) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - Age Of Consent (1988) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - Life Among The Ruins (1993) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell: Part I (1994) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell: Part II (1995) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - Invictus (1998) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) collection wish list Studio 95 1 1
(2000) collection wish list EP - 0 0
Virgin Steele - The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) collection wish list Studio 80 1 1
Virgin Steele - Visions Of Eden (2006) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - The Black Light Bacchanalia (2010) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Virgin Steele - Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation (2015) collection wish list Studio - 0 0

Virgin Steele Top Songs

Track title Album title Rating Votes
1 Kingdom Of The Fearless (The Destruction Of Troy) The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 100 1
2 Child Of Desolation The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 100 1
3 Agony And Shame The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 100 1
4 Gate Of Kings The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 100 1
5 Blaze Of Victory (The Watchman's Song) The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
6 Through The Ring Of Fire The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
7 Return Of The King The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
8 Flames Of The Black Star (The Arrows Of Heracles) The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
9 A Song Of Prophecy The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
10 G Minor Invention (Descent Into Death's Twilight Kingdom) The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
11 Great Sword Of Flame The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
12 The Fire God The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 95 1
13 Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes (The Messenger's Song) The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 90 1
14 And Hecate Smiled The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 90 1
15 Day Of Wrath The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 90 1
16 Iphigenia In Hades The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 90 1
17 Garden Of Lamentation The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 90 1
18 Via Sacra The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 90 1
19 Fire Of Ecstasy The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 90 1
20 Ressurection Day (The Finale) The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 90 1
21 Prelude In A Minor (The Voyage Home) The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 85 1
22 In Triumph Or Tragedy The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 85 1
23 Narcissus The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 85 1
24 The Gift Of Tantalos The House Of Atreus Act l (1999) 85 1
25 Wings Of Vengeance The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 85 1
26 The Wine Of Violence The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 85 1
27 Flames Of Thy Power (From Blood They Rise) The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 85 1
28 The Voice As Weapon The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 80 1
29 Summoning The Powers The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 80 1
30 Arms Of Mercury The House Of Atreus Act II (2000) 80 1
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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.