|FRANK GILCHRIEST is going to appear on drums as SESSION/SPECIAL GUEST in the coming HOLY MOTHER CD called AGORAPHOBIA out in these days.
With the album near completion, technical problems with the drum-tracks and their previous recruited drummer John Macoluso (TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen, ARC) busy recording elsewhere caused Holy Mother to enlist Hard-Hitting drummer Frank Gilchriest (Virgin Steele) to re-record the drum tracks. The result is the mother of all HOLY MOTHER Albums,
Agoraphobia. This brilliant performance by the Long Island, New York based metal band is being received as a landmark effort!!!
|It's confirmed this 9th august VIRGIN STEELE will HEADLINE the main SOUTH ITALY festival called AGGLUTINATION METAL FESTIVAL. More info:
|Just before the band Seven Witches hits the West coast run, their guitarist Jack Frost will begin recording his first solo record for Noise Records.
Scheduled to appear on this record are:
David Ellefson (bass, Megadeth), Joey Vera (bass, Armored Saint), Mike Duda (bass, WASP), Gonzo Sandoval (drums, Armored Saint), David Defeis (vocals, Virgin Steele), Harry Hess (vocals, Harem Scarem), Steve Braun (vocals, Siloam) and Ray Alder (vocals Fates Warning, Engine)
|A SUMMER DAY IN HELL FESTIVAL
Made In Bo c/o Parco Nord - Saturday 28th June, Bologna (Italy)
Here is the bill:
Ticket 30 euro + presales available on: www.ticketone.it
|It is confirmed DAVID DEFEIS will appear again, as special guest, in the New York classic metal band Immortally Committed coming new album, on a song called "Council in Hell".
A full mp3 internet-only-alternate-mix of "Council in Hell" (featuring David at keyborards & backing vocals) is available, as preview, on:
Council in hell - alternate mix (internet promotional version)
SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 2002 - DVD RECORDINGS:
THE DOWNTOWN (LONG ISLAND, NY) - the Band will play an extra long set (3 HOURS LONG!) & this show will be recorded for an upcoming live album/DVD!!!
Here are the official statment & info available on: www.virgin-steele.com/
BY THE HAMMER OF ZEUS!!!!!!! GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS, WE WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU OF A VERY SPECIAL IN CONCERT EVENT. VIRGIN STEELE, WILL PERFORM A VERY SPECIAL CONCERT ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 21st at:
THE DOWNTOWN, in FARMINGDALE, LONG ISLAND, NY. The Address is: THE DOWNTOWN 190 MAIN STREET, Farmingdale, NY 11735 Telephone: (516) - 293 - 7700 Web Site: www.thedowntown.com Tickets are available at the Downtown box office, or Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations. DOWNTOWN BOX OFFICE HOURS ARE: Monday: Noon to 7:30 PM Tuesday thru Friday: 12 noon to 1 AM Saturday: 4 PM to 1 AM Sunday: 5 PM to Midnight ***
The Band will play an extra long set, and ... this show will be recorded for an upcoming live album/DVD!!! VIRGIN STEELES SHOWTIME START, will be between 11:00 & 11:30 PM. This Night will be hosted by Long Islands Legendary RADIO PERSONALITY-Fingers and RADIO STATION WBAB, and in fact this is Fingers Annual Holiday Party Special Spectacular!!! If you have never experienced VIRGIN STEELE Live, we cordially invite you to come down and witness Power, Majesty , Might & The Sword Of The Gods, in Action!!! Our Friends, those of you who know and Believe, we look forward to seeing you there, as always! You are the Best and the Life Blood of the Band!!! Forever you shall remain INVICTUS!!! Those who have never experienced....Harken to Our INVITATION, For We Once again encourage you, to come down and take part in the Magick that is VIRGIN STEELE. This is to be one of the few rare gigs that the Band will do on US soil for awhile. Cheers & All the Best to ALL OF YOU always!!! You Rule The Night, The Day & All in between!!!
|A cool new interview is available here...
Thanks to: DANIEL DEES music critic for the U.S. based magazine RENAISSANCE
|Available short 'info & linear-notes' for the COMING RE-RELEASES CD of Virgin Steele and Guardians of the Flame out 09.23.02!! Everything is totally re-mastered from the original master mix tapes and, among the other bonus-tracks, the new version of the "Guardians of the Flame" album also includes the rare "Wait for the Night/A Cry in the Night EP" & the first VS official live song on CD called "BLUES DELUXE OREGANATA (I MIGHT DROWN)" previously unreleased from a December 1990 raw-tape, in NY...
To celebrate this special event, it's confirmed a U.S. CONCERT on Saturday September 21st at L'AMOUR CLUB - NEW YORK:
BROOKLYN, NY 11219
|Available here pics & review of the Gods of Metal festival (09.06.02 Milan, Italy)
Thanks to: www.eustakio.com
|As regard as the Gods of Metal festival here is the complete bill & running order...
Plannified tourdates are:
04.06.02 - The Underworld (3 bands playing, not 3 hours long!), London, UK
05.06.02 - Matrix, Bochum, Germany
07.06.02 - Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.02 - Gods of Metal Festival Milan, Italy
|Added some pictures & shots from the APRIL 25th MULCHAYS CLUB - WANTAGH, NY live show!
Thanks to: Immortal Mike
As written on the Noise Records website, here is the complete track-list of the concert:
INVICTUS, THE FIRE GOD, A TOKEN OF MY HATRED, GOD OF OUR SORROWS (a bit longer than the studio version & first ever live performance), CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER, GREAT SWORD OF FLAME, THE WINE OF VIOLENCE, IN TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY, RETURN OF THE KING, CHILD OF DESOLATION (first ever live performance), BLOOD AND GASOLINE, FLAMES OF THY POWER (first ever live performance), KINGDOM OF THE FEARLESS (THE DESTRUCTION OF TROY), NOBLE SAVAGE.
Also, without time-up, even A SYMPHONY OF STEELE was previously sheduled...
|As written on the Noise Records website, here is the complete track-list of the Metal Meltdown concert, in New Jersey on April 5th:
INVICTUS, CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER, A TOKEN OF MY HATRED
GREAT SWORD OF FLAME (complete with Burning Sword and vocal/guitar cadenza), THE WINE OF VIOLENCE, IN TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY & RETURN OF THE KING.
Also, without time-up, even KINGDOM OF THE FEARLESS was previously sheduled...
|Confirmed a new U.S. concert at the Metal Meltdown Festival in New Jersey on April 5th!
|SUPPORT & VOTE the band in the 'Gods of Metal - 2002 festival' official contest on-line available down the right side white-menu options!
|Two new COMING CONCERTS are currently PLANNIFIED in the STATES for now:
APRIL 25th: MULCHAYS CLUB - WANTAGH, NY
MAY 18th: JAXX CLUB - Springfield, VIRGINIA
|The new releases "Hymns to Victory" (best of...) and "The Book of Burning" (new & rare tracks collection) are finally available on the market!
It is also confirmed the band is going to play the Sweden Rock Festival (Sölvesborg, Sweden) on June 7th and the Gods of Metal Festival (Milan, Italy) on June 9th.
|The recent passing of Chuck Schuldiner (founder of Death and Controlled Denied), after battle against a rare form of cancer, is a very sad News indeed! A musician struck down in the prime of Life, is always very sad and extremely distressing to me. May his Spirit live on in the Halls of Olympus. I send to his Soul an Eternal Greeting, and to his Family & Friends my sincere condolences and warmest wishes.
editorial note by: David DeFeis
|The Arms of Mercury website has been moved and updated at the adress: www.truemetal.org/virginsteele. To celebrate this new version & the 20 years of the band, here is an exclusive interview with David DeFeis concerning future plans and coming releases details.
|See short 'info & linear-notes' for hymns to victory and the book of burning coming releases....
|It´s official, both CDs 'Hymns To Victory' & 'Book Of Burning' will be released on T&T, January 7th 2002.
Hymns To Victory - The Tracklisting:
|Regarding Metal Blade & such, those Jack Starr un-authorized releases of the albums 'Virgin Steele I' and 'Guardians of the Flame' have been stopped at present. He wants to take the original vinyl and press the CD from that, so... if Metal Blade was allowed to publish those works, that is what the FANS would have received, a shitty pressing!!!
|20th ANNIVERSARY RELEASES STATUS!
To celebrate the Virgin Steele's 20th anniversary 'The Book Of Burning' and 'Hymns To Victory' will be released early January 2002. 'The Book Of Burning' features the best songs from 'Virgin Steele I' and 'Guardians Of The Flame' chosen by David DeFeis himself and re-recorded with the current Virgin Steele line-up. The album will also feature eight previously unreleased bonus tracks. "Hymns To Victory" will contain Virgin Steele's greatest tracks from the last 20 years. All tracks are re-mixed and re-mastered by David DeFeis, with many of them re-arranged and partly re-recorded. It will also contain two previously unreleased bonus tracks.
|After the horrible tragedy in U.S. all the members of the band are OK, trying... to reconnect, go forward with their way of Life, and do their best to try to remain INVICTUS!
|THE BOOK OF BURNING is finally completed!! Nearly finished, instead, HYMNS TO VICTORY will contain at least 2 bonus tracks, plus an alternate new acoustic-version of THE SPIRIT OF STEELE, among other items....
|About 98% finished, THE BOOK OF BURNING will contain 16 re-recorded/updated/better versions of some early classics plus half brand new songs & very rare moments, while... the definitive title of the coming "Best of" is: HYMNS TO VICTORY (including at least 2 bonus tracks)....!!
to the Metal Blade site, the double CD fascimile of
"Virgin Steele I" and "Guardians Of The
Flame" will be released in Europe on October 10.
Noise Records is apparently aware of this release, and a
source within the company told me to "wait and see
what happens". I have no knowledge or experience
with copyrights, trademarks, and liscensing, but my
instinct is that this release may be legal, but only
through some sort of loophole. The name Virgin Steele is,
however a registered trademark (from David DeFeis), so I
predict the release may be renamed something like The
Best Of Jack Starr or some such nonsense. Bear in mind
that this is all speculation on my part. On an editorial
note, I must emphatically state that I will NOT purchase
this release and I encourage all Virgin Steele fans to ignore
it as well. It should be relegated into the category
of a BOOTLEG, and this site will not treat it as an
official Virgin Steele release. Therefore, no information
will be found within the discography section. The sole
purpose behind this album is for Jack Starr to capitalize
off of the success David DeFeis earned for Virgin Steele,
and I cannot accept that. Though a talented guitarist,
Mr. Starr is a liar and seeks only to slander David
DeFeis and get revenge for being kicked out of the band.
This re-release (shittly printed in CD directly from the old standard-vinyls 'cause the original studio-masters are reserved propriety of David Defeis /nda) and his Guardians Of The Flame project
are all a part of that revenge, and are not worthy of a
Virgin Steele fan's time and money.
editorial note by: Luke Merritt The Root Of Knowledge
To celebrate the band's 20th anniversary in October, Noise Records and Virgin Steele are thinking to release an overview of the best of their songs. They are actually doing 2 CDs. One (The Book of Burning) will be the early things, plus unreleased/new things, and... the second CD, will most likely be from NOBLE SAVAGE to the present time!
shots from the premiere of the Metal Opera Die
David DeFeis workporcess has been interrupted by a
telephonpost crashing into his studio, he can let his
crative streams flow again (and the Chinese take away
around the corner is also back in business).
DeFeis... what some have already assumed, can be
confirmed. There is a woman in David´s life: Doreen
his sister! I only mention this here, in case somebody
noticed the name in a review of a Gershwin evening in...
magazine. This lady is a renowned soprano. Now I´ll have
to read through all Virgin Steele booklets and find out
if she did some singing on any of the band´s releases.
What a family ...
ATTEMPT ON DAVID DEFEIS!
Sunday night (May 13, 2001) a car hit a telephonepole in front of David DeFeis´ Studio ended up right on his mixing console. Unfortunately the whole block´s powersupply went down, too. Not only David´s eagerness to work was brought to an abrupt halt, but also the Chinese restaurant on the corner went out of business for a couple of days.
David hopes to get back to work on his re-releases and maybe we´ll also be able to get Chinese Food... really, let's hope for a speedy recovery brother!
Band is actually in studio working to the re-releases of
"Virgin Steele" § "Guardian of the
Flame", both plannified for the night of Halloween!
shots from the concert
courtesy of Metalisia & take a look to this cool interview released by Sebastien Besteiro:
the Reedemers French fan club
on Mp3.com the complete mp3 (6.2 MB)
of the song: Kingdom
of the Fearless
courtesy of T&T/Noise Records
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