VIRGIN STEELE Completes Work On New Album

U.S. metallers VIRGIN STEELE will release their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia", via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: October 22
Rest of Europe: October 25
USA, Canada: November 9

The effort will be made available as limited-edition digipak, standard CD, limited-edition LP box set and as a digital download. The limited-edition LP box set will be released on November 23 in North America. Each version will have its own unique artwork.

Commented vocalist David DeFeis: "Well... believe it or not... we have actually finished 'The Black Light Bacchanalia' album and sent it off to our label, Steamhammer/SPV for publication/replication.

"It was a mad, wild time these past few weeks and days recording and mixing like banshees! But... we made it.

"A week ago seems like an entire lifetime ago. It seems like every possible situation and change of season has occurred in a matter of hours and days. I personally went through the full dynamic range of emotional upheavals possible. One minute I was on top of the world, the next completely beneath it... and everything in between. Through it all, as we say here in the Land Of Steele... we remained... Invictus!

"As always, when it comes time to actually part with an album and send it off into the world, I get very crazy. I always want to completely re-do it, to go back to the beginning and live with everything longer, but this, of course, is impossible.

"I am always frantic and rushed with every album, but this one was exceptionally challenging. Its birth was very much like how they did it in the long, long past, when people like Chuck Berry or Elvis would record a song, and then it would be immediately pressed and released only a few short hours later.

"After finishing these final mixes, I straight away began the process to send the album over to our label, so I really did not have the opportunity to live with these final mixes, listen back and adjust anything along the way... I trust that all turned out well and can only judge things from my initial gut reaction... which was that everything seems fine and nice and raw!

"In the end, life goes on and all projects must have their completion, and this one is now well on its way to landing in your hands soon. I hope you enjoy it. All of us here in the House Of Steele stand behind it, and think that it makes a very appropriate soundtrack to the coming autumnal season. We poured all our blood, sweat, and energy into these tracks and everything from $200 dollar scotch (a very nice gift from a fan) to 7-11 coffee went into the making of it.

"May it empower you and take you on journeys both strange and beautiful."

Standard Jewel Case Edition:

01. By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
02. Pagan Heart
03. The Bread Of Wickedness
04. In A Dream Of Fire
05. Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)
06. The Orpheus Taboo
08. To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)
09. The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
10. The Tortures Of The Damned
11. Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
12. Eternal Regret

Limited-Edition Digipak:

CD 1

01. By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
02. Pagan Heart
03. The Bread Of Wickedness
04. In A Dream Of Fire
05. Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)
06. The Orpheus Taboo
07. To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)
08. The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
09. The Tortures Of The Damned
10. Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
11. Eternal Regret

CD 2

01. When I'm Silent (The Wind Of Voices) (bonus track)
02. Silent Sorrow (bonus track)
03. From A Whisper To A Scream (The Spoken Biography) (spoken by David DeFeis)

Limited-Edition LP Box Set:

LP 1

Side 1

01. By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
02. Pagan Heart

Side 2

01. The Bread Of Wickedness
02. In A Dream Of Fire

LP 2

Side 1

01. Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)
02. The Orpheus Taboo

Side 2

01. To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)
02. The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)

LP 3

Side 1

01. The Tortures Of The Damned
02. Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)

Side 2

01. Eternal Regret
02. When I'm Silent (bonus track)

Bonus Materials

* Book in LP format with the complete history of VIRGIN STEELE (written by David DeFeis)
* Extra-large full-color poster
* Sticker
* Postcard
* Jewel case version of the album

All LPs come in printed inner sleeves.

VIRGIN STEELE's new worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer includes the reissue of the band's entire back catalogue — from "Noble Savage" onwards. The back catalogue will be made available throughout 2011, with faithfully restored covers and booklets, bonus tracks and liner notes.

VIRGIN STEELE re-released its albums "Life Among The Ruins" (1992), "The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell Part I" (1994) and "The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell Part II" (1995) in October 2008 in Europe through the German label Dockyard 1. All three CDs contain bonus tracks, new booklets and liner notes. The bonus tracks for the "The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell Part II" album consist of two live performances recorded in Germany, while the "Life Among The Ruins" bonus cuts comprise several live acoustic tracks that were recorded in the living room of David DeFeis' house during rehearsals.

VIRGIN STEELE's eleventh album, "Visions Of Eden", entered the Greek national chart at position No. 37 back in 2006. The CD was previously described as "quite epic," clocking in at 79 minutes and 57 seconds.

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