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Virgin Steele - Visions Of Eden
Virgin Steele has been around for 25 years now, and this is their 11th release. It is again composed by David DeFeis and it promises to be a ‘barbaric-romantic movie of the mind’. I’ve never heard of this band before but that just could be because of my personal interests.
 
I HATE POWER METAL! There I said it. But since most at Metalrage aren’t that happy listening to this stuff I took the fall for this one.
The things that disturb me about this type of music, are exactly the reasons why people love it. The gay high male vocals, the classical chord structures, the overly present keys, and of course the horrible mix in which the guitar is just a tiny layer in the background, while the bassdrum is almost constantly present. I personally detest the way this sounds. I really don’t like listening to it. Really.
 
But does that make it bad? Unfortunately there are still people who have a different taste than me and I have to live with it, in agony of course. But considering the album musically, it has been thought through very well. You can definitely hear splendid musicianship that is showcased at a stabile level throughout the entire album. And since this band seems to have a quite a cult status, this release will probably please all the fans. That is, if this horrible mastering mix is really the way this stuff should sound. I tell yee, it is not your average headbanging material. I think it's safe to say that a track of this record would do no harm on a (oeh a Dutch joke) Knuffelrock compilation album.
 
To me, it sounds very classical and romantic. Only I think titles like ‘Childslayer’ and ‘Angel Of Death’ (blasphemy!) aren’t that suitable for making love by the fire. Fans only I’d say, and I’ll never be one of those!
Virgin Steele - Visions Of Eden
80/1001Details T&T
Released on Friday Sep 8th, 2006
power metal

Writer @DemonDust on Wednesday Aug 23rd, 2006

Tags: #Virgin Steele
Tracklisting 01. Immortal I Stand (The Birth Of Adam) - 6:33
02. Adorned With The Rising Cobra - 9:40
03. The Ineffable Name - 7:49
04. Black Light On Black - 7:03
05. Bonedust - 6:10
06. Angel Of Death - 8:37
07. God Above God - 7:13
08. The Hidden God - 6:51
09. Childslayer - 5:22
10. When Dusk Fell - 6:57
11. Visions Of Eden - 7:16
Line up David DeFeis
Frank Gilchriest
Josh Block
Edward Pursino