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Virgin Steele - Invictus (Reissue) Award winner

Virgin Steele
Invictus (Reissue)
by Charlotte Whittingham at 07 July 2014, 6:59 PM

VIRGIN STEELE are the reason why the term Metal Opera exists and have been in the music industry for over a couple of decades. Due to switching their label to SPV Records, they have recently re-issued a couple of their classic albums including “Invictus”.

Whether you’ve been a die-hard fan of the band from the beginning or a new listener like me it is a great way to get a classic album across to all audiences; what I particularly like about this re-issue is how they have gone the extra mile to provide us with acoustic renditions of their songs, being very ironic since this is their most aggressive and heavy album. Not to mention some exclusive bonus new tracks including “Do You Walk With God”.

The vocal work from David DeFais is remarkably versatile throughout the whole re-issue; it rough and husky for those very heavily distorted tracks and beautifully soft and clear for the acoustic executions, you can hear these in acoustic versions of “A Whisper Of Death” and “Defiance”. He certainly became one of my top metal vocalists after listening to this epic re-issue.

Closing track “Do You Walk With God” gives us a special treat with its stunning melody, David’s powerful voice and excellent music arrangements. It could become one the most iconic ballads in Metal history.

An absolute must for lovers of Virgin Steele and metal music in general.

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Blood Of Vengeance
2. Invictus
3. Mind, Body, Spirit
4. In The Arms Of The Death God
5. Through Blood And Fire
6. Sword Of The Gods
7. God Of Our Sorrows
8. Vow Of Honour
9. Defiance
10. Dust From The Burning
11. Amaranth
12. A Whisper Of Death
13. Dominion Day
14. A Shadow Of Fear
15. “Theme” From The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell
16. Veni, Vidi, Vici
17. A Whisper Of Death (intro) – Acoustic Version
18. Unholy Water – Acoustic Version
19. Trail Of Tears – Acoustic Version
20. Rising Unchained – Acoustic Version
21. Veni, Vidi, Vici – Acoustic Version
22. Defiance – Acoustic Version
23. I Will Come For You – Acoustic Version
24. Victory Is Mine – Acoustic Version
25. Serpent’s Kiss (Intro) – Acoustic Version
26. A Whisper Of Death (Main Section) – Acoustic Version
27. Great Sword Of Flame – Acoustic Version
28. Emalaith – Acoustic Version
29. The Burning Of Rome (Cry For Pompeii) – Acoustic Version
30. Perfect Mansions (Mountains Of The Sun) – Acoustic Version
31. Do You Walk With God
Lineup:
David DeFais – Vocals, Keyboards, Orchestration, Bass
Edward Pursino – Guitars
Frank Gilchriest – Drums
Joshua Block – Guitars
Record Label: SPV / Steamhammer Records
     


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