Virgin Steele - The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell - Part One
After the more straight Metal and Heavy Rock album Life Among The Ruins, Virgin Steele is back with the first Marriage part to its more sophisticated and symphonic style.
Here are the songs for you:

The Opener I Will Come For You is everything I want from a song, a stunning and perfect piece.
Powerful vocals, deep bass thrills, moody keys and the most genius melodic break, what a divine melody coming from the lead guitar. All in all one of the most magical moments in music history!

Weeping Of The Spirits brings that special epic Virgin Steele touch to the album, mellow acoustic guitar rhythms and symphonic keys set a great beginning. The chorus has a majestic vibe to it, brilliantly performed by David's dynamic vocal abilities and the technical drums are also a joy to listen to.

As a great variable element Blood And Gasoline has a more direct and rocking feeling to it. The extensive and totally over the top thrilling guitar solo and the catchy refrain helps in making this a huge creation.

Last Supper put out a cool sombre mood and I find the grooving rhythm guitar approach very fitting in this song. A bit stretched out chorus line but the mid-section break suddenly gives life to a fantastic ending section, extremely progressive and unique music.

Warrior's Lament is a pearl of an instrumental track. The dramatic keyboard arrangements and melodic piano passages give way to very captivating creation.

Trail Of Tears is rather hard to describe, it has many fantastic breaks and details. A song that succeeds in sounding very fresh even after years of listening. An impressive and mesmerizing cut.

A mega VS favourite is the amazing Forever Will I Roam. David's passionate delivering of a fascinating and mystic lyric accompanied by a soft acoustic guitar is no less than spellbinding.
The chorus is huge and extremely catchy and the mellow piano parts fit in perfectly.

I Wake Up Screaming adds some welcome force to the album, the playful guitar riffing sounds phenomenal and the double bass drum filled chorus has lost of energy to offer. A cool detail is the background keyboard that is suddenly added to the picture, it's passages like this I'm thinking about when I at the beginning said that this was sophisticated stuff.

Atmosphere is a key word when it comes to House Of Dust, David offering some of his best and most hypnotic key arrangements. This is a ballad type of song where a most magnificent chorus line is a central aspect, and once again Edward throws in an impressive melodic solo.

Life Among The Ruins has a most driving and captivating refrain that takes no prisoners. The song has a forceful rhythm to it and it's pretty hard to sit still while this one blast through the airways.

The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell is a very symphonic and orchestral sounding instrumental piece, based on several catchy melodies. This is both striking, relaxing and marvellous music.

A few songs lack a bit behind the rest in overall quality, all being good though:

Self Crucifixion is in my opinion a rather strange and not that structured track. I like the mystic atmosphere and the outstanding guitar solo but the chorus could easily have been more dynamic or/and interesting.

The Raven Song is a cool fast song featuring intense riffs, great forceful drums and a divine guitar lead section. The verse part just becomes a bit stationary and lacking more bite.

Blood Of The Saint gains a lot by a technical and tight bass approach and the well structured underlying key passages. Anyhow the main riff is a bit standard and the chorus could also have been treated with a more melodic vibe. The album's least good song.

This is one of the most difficult and complex albums I have been introduced to when it comes to the lyrics, since I take a great deal of interest in this aspect I have found lots of challenges and also enlightening moments with this disc.
A brilliant thing is that these words can have multiple meanings, depends on "how" you read them. The style is very symbolic and has a language of its own, poetic and inspiring in a special way.
There is no straight story line on this album, but many themes are related, passionate love, religious topics and fascinating spiritualism being important elements.

The production is tight and crisp, having a great deep bass sound. If I should point at anything that could have been better then it must be the drums that could have had a more powerful sound, but that's a minor aspect.

David DeFeis' voice is as always brilliant, mesmerizing and very emotional.
Edward Pursino has a very unique guitar style, passionate and very driving and at times rocking too, his solos being top notch and some of his best. He also plays a solid and creative bass on this album.
Joey Ayvazian handles the drums with a great balance between power and skill.

This is one of the most challenging and ingenious albums I know of, both musically and lyrically.

Written by Tommy
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
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Comment by Cristóbal (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 5, 2003
Great album from a great band. The opening song is brilliant, whit lots of feeling. All tracks are good, but from the middle to the end the album starts being a litle boring, but the song are good too and there are well driven.
Rating: 9/10

Comment by Hyena (Anonymous) - Monday, November 17, 2003
This is not the best Virgin Steele album in my opinion. Despite having some good tracks, the album as a whole is somewhat boring. It just lacks the spirit...

Themes on this plate are not quite surprising. Love, freedom etc. The same issues have been chewed by many bands before and will be in the future. VS is not at their most creative here.

Musically the album is mostly ok, but VS are able to do better than this. I'd rather choose Invictus or The House Of Atreus Act I as my favorites. 7/10.

Comment by nihilist (Anonymous) - Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Virgin Steele makes only one thing good : They made me sleep every time I listen to them.

Comment by Alanna (Staff) - Thursday, June 17, 2004
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Virgin Steele's best works were through the mid 80s to the mid 90s, and while this isn't the peak, its close. The complexity of music and lyrics is dazzling and hooks abound. "Blood and Gasoline" is a song I can crank my lungs up to 11 to belt anytime and I haven't heard it in years, but it remains with me always. Just as classic songs should.

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Virgin Steele "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Part I and Part II"


I consider this fantastic double concepts(not a unique story like "Invictus",a real "Spin-Out"or if you prefer "Spin-Off"of the Marriage Saga)one of the Peaks of the (Golden)-Metal History together with "Operation:Mindcrime"(the second chapter is good but inferior to the first part,anyway a real sequel,not like "The Black Halo",undervalued and sequel of "Epica"of Kamelot:i've express largely my opinion about this concept),"Brave New World"of Iron Maiden and "Headless Cross"and"Heaven and Hell"of Black Sabbath.
David DeFeis and Edward Pursino evolves the sound of"Noble Savage"(Savage Cult Album of the True Epic-Metal)into a dynamic,inspiring,energetic,powerful,articulated Epic-Metal full of Carnal Mysticism,Sweeping Enthusiasm,Human Divine Vision and Blakian/Wagnerian Grandeur.
This is the"State of Art of Epic-Metal",in my Vision the "Nobility of Golden-Metal",where Metal becomes Real,Pure Gold.
"Invictus"is the natural and "tigerish"evolution of this Monument of Metal Art and reaches new peaks of extraordinaire Barbaric-Romantic Metal Expression and the other albums explore new excting frontiers and territories of Dramatic,Cinematic and Visionary Epic-Metal(like the last superbe"Visions of Eden").

Long Live to Virgin Steele and the True Epic-Metal!

Antonio Giorgio.

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Review by Dark Lord (Member) - Sunday, August 23, 2009
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A great VS album; "I Will Come For You" is one of my all time favorite songs an in my opinion this song alone is a solid 10.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Virgin Steele - The marriage of heaven and hell - Part One

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T&T - 1994

1. I Will Come For You
2. Weeping Of The Spirits
3. Blood And Gasoline
4. Self Crucifixion
5. Last Supper
6. Warrior's Lament
7. Trail Of Tears
8. The Raven Song
9. Forever Will I Roam
10. I Wake Up Screaming
11. House Of Dust
12. Blood Of The Saints
13. Life Among The Ruins
14. The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell

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Invictus - (Tommy)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part Two - (Tommy)

Band Information - (Steen)

The House Of Atreus Act I - (Tommy)

Life Among The Ruins - (Tommy)

Age Of Consent - (Tommy)

Noble Savage - (Tommy)

The House Of Atreus Act II - (Tommy)

I - (Tommy)

Guardians Of The Flame - (Tommy)

Interview With David DeFeis - (Tommy)

Visions Of Eden - (Tommy)

Life Among the Ruins - (Alanna)

The Black Light Bacchanalia - (Steen)

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