Virgin Steele – “Age Of Consent”

Virgin Steele – “Age Of Consent” REMASTER (Steamhammer / SPV)

Originally released in the late 80s, this was ‘barbarian romantic’ metallers Virgin Steele 4th album although described by vocalist Dave DeFeis as ‘…the one that got away..it was sent out without any promotion or fanfare (and) many people were completely unaware of its existence…’. Given that, DeFeis has gone outta the way this time round to do this album justice by firstly re-mastering all the songs resplendent in two formats: double digipak incl. new booklet with rare photos and new liner notes by David DeFeis; Double digipak incl. new booklet with rare photos and new liner notes by David DeFeis. Naturally, there is wealth of bonus material, which is worth buying for in itself as it perfectly encapsulates the sheer breadth and depth of Virgin Steele’s talent and musical dexterity from the early Slayeresque thrasher ‘The Curse’ to the 70s hard rock cover of Bloodrock’s ‘Breach Of Lease’ to an epic take of Priest’s ‘Screaming For Vengeance’. Elsewhere, there is an acoustic and somewhat melancholic version of ‘Noble Savage’ and the dark, romantic piano composition of ‘Under The Graveyard Moon’, written by DeFeis only in August 2011. With a total of 23 monumental tracks, this re-issue not only puts to rest any historical unfinished business, but serves as a definitive compilation for anyone wanted to check out the wonders and majesty of a band who inspired the likes of Queensryche and Metallica no less.

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