studio album from David DeFeis and Virgin Steele in 6 years. And
even thought 6 years is a long time, Virgin Steele fans don't need
to worry - David DeFeis picks up where he left us back in 2000
with 'The House of Atreus, Act II'. Symphonic power metal with big
choirs, pounding rhythms, David's unique voice and very epic songs.
classical and traditional Virgin Steele compositions are on offer
here, telling the story of Lilith, whose origins can be found in
Sumerian myths. Kicking it off is the brilliant opener: "Immortal
I Stand (The Birth of Adam)", other highlights include the
very speedy "Black Light on Black", the 2 epic songs:
"Angel of Death" and "Visions of Eden" and the
wonderful ballad: "God above God". And opposite to what
some the titles might indicate, the story hasn't anything to do
with the biblical Adam and Eve, but does have a strong references
to the modern society in which we live today.
thing bugs me however - why is the guitars - both rhythm and lead
- not more up-front in the mix? At first I there was something
wrong with the album, but no it's like that throughout the entire
album! On the other hand, the drum production has to be one of the
best I've heard this year.
ends being a good Virgin Steele album, not as great as classic
albums like 'Noble Savage' 'The Marriage-albums' or 'Invictus',
but still a very cool power metal album, which I think just keeps
getting better and better by each spin. It really opens up and you
discover something new each time you listen to it...