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The music comes first, so no promises on the book, but if the time is available I do hope to make it happen. And currently it does seem possible that all will work out. Edmund: I know you guys are doing a lot already, but is anything else planned? David: We are also filming various songs and rehearsals or whatever, so yes there will eventually be an Historical type of DVD and most likely we will issue a few videos to celebrate the June re-issues and also the box set material.

There will probably be a mixture of clips from both the newer material and also some of the original tracks from the albums that were re-issued. Film is a whole new area that we find interesting, so we are exploring it a bit. And speaking of film I recently made a small appearance in a movie that was made by a Danish filmmaker. It is a documentary no not about meand I just play my usual drunken self in there. I have not seen the film yet, but I was told that it is quite extraordinary.

I know the family that the film was made about and in particular the artist in the film who is the main characteris a former student of mine as well as a good friend. I believe that movie made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. How did that come about? David: Hey thanks very much! I really appreciate that. Once we decided to do this kind of acoustic album for the bonus disc…I was listening to various takes of things that we had done and I thought that in addition to the various live tracks and such that it would be nice to have something new on there to close out the album, so…I started playing and singing what became the version that appears on FIRE SPIRITS.

It is a pretty melancholy piece that I think anyone who has ever lost someone that was very close to them can relate to. The performance on there is pretty sparse. It was done with just piano, the vocal, a tiny bit of acoustic guitar and an electric guitar solo. I think it makes a nice closer for that album.

Album) can hear that we are still a couple of maniacs going for it! And these days with all the technology that is happening both in recordings and in life in general…we thought it would be nice to present this kind of moment that is very direct, and passionate, and that did not require tons of extra ingredients of any kind.

Edmund: OK great! I thank you for your time and I leave the last words to you. David: My pleasure…I thank you for your questions and I hope you will enjoy all the forthcoming tracks. And… I want to say that we are really looking forward to celebrating our music, life, and friendship with you all!

David: Let me just start out by saying that everything is going very well right now, and many interesting things will begin appearing, as we have many irons in the fire as we speak. As you know we have been busy, and have managed to get new sounds out inside each of the 3 re-issues that we released these past two years, so we have not been idle, we are not idle, and we are currently sitting on a huge stack of new material, some of which you my friend have actually heard this evening.

But anyway… to answer your question, well…there are several reasons why not much news was forthcoming these past few months. I think that one of the main reasons is that we have never been the type of band to just post random things.

We prefer to update our sites when we Serpents Kiss - Virgin Steele - Age Of Consent (Cassette something concrete to announce, and since we did not have a clear idea of what we were going to be able to release through our label SPV, we had nothing new to add to what had already been said.

It made no sense to keep rehashing the same information or to post confusing what ifs In our last interviews we did discuss what we were planning, and we did begin work on all that I had mentioned, and the work continues. As regards all those projects that I had discussed, well…the difficult part of making sense out of all those various projects was simply that there were and still are so many of them!

The year started out with discussions with our label about doing a DVD from the Historical perspective, and I began compiling footage and organizing it so that it could be edited in a coherent chronological manner. Also discussed with SPV was a brand new album…and we have been working on it.

In fact as I announced several months ago…we really did begin work on 3 new albums…but more of that later. Anyway…then the plans changed…. Edmund: Why was that? We are absolutely going to issue all those albums I just mentioned, however… the schedule has changed once again. It has now been confirmed that we will issue those discs in February.

And the good news is that not only will there be some bonus tracks…but that we have actually managed to create a new 79 minute bonus CD, which will be included inside the INVICTUS re-issue. I am happy to say that we will be getting a whole lot of new material out!

While this bonus album that I am speaking about is not one of the 3 new albums that I mentioned earlier and discussed in other interviews, it nevertheless is a new album.

While sorting everything out over the summer, we found ourselves going off on tangents and this album quickly grew and grew until it developed into this new collection of songs, which we have now completed.

And again I have to tell you that it really came together quickly and unexpectedly. It was very magical how it all happened. I know that sounds more than a bit confusing, and I apologize for that, but it is the truth and I can explain in more detail about the various new collections of songs, and will do so in the moments, days and weeks ahead.

SPV will receive the final versions of everything shortly. David: Yes that is correct. At the risk of being redundant, but to be perfectly clear, while this is not the album we had originally planned to release first, and while it is musically different to what we are currently preparing for the new album for next September…it is nevertheless a new album hidden There are so many different layers and moods to it.

And it has that natural, organic sound. The rawness of it reminds me of the first Led Zeppelin album. Edmund: I look forward to hearing the rest of it. What you did let me hear sounds outrageous. As I said earlier we do not like to announce things unless we are really sure that they will happen. That's another reason why things were so quiet Our focus is on the music and when we feel like we have something worth talking about then we do.

Edmund: So you are not going to start tweeting about some great new coffee you found at Starbucks, or how often you change your strings?

Edward: No! Absolutely not. David: He rarely changes his strings! He likes them worn in. Edmund: Perfect! She wanted to do an Ep or mini album, she had come up with various lyrics and melodies, and I wrote the music and also performed on this Ep for her playing various instruments and such. We recorded everything in my studio. Edward played guitar on it. I believe it is coming out in November. The record has a very English feel to it.

Our chemistry sent the songs into that type of direction. His name is Mark Edwards… but he is known as Geoff Fontaine on the Exorcist album … he is a long time friend of mine.

His new band is called TANG, and features two Long Island legends…Bonnie Parker on bass and Denny Colt on guitar … the music varies from straight up metal to a more gothic type of approach. Edmund: OK interesting thanks for that bit of news! It is simply a collection of songs that work well and sound like they belong together. And then of course mixing and mastering will follow.

David: Edward has done a masterful job of performing on these tracks. I think these albums will showcase some of his finest playing ever! There is a whole lot of guitar playing on these albums.

This time, instead of orchestrating everything with various strings and organs and such, we have the guitar playing all the intricate harmonies that the piano plays, and together with just the piano and the guitars, the whole sonic scope of the progressions is clear and the music wails into life. Edmund: Excellent! What does the title mean for starters and what can we expect to hear on it?

Edward: It is ripping! But it reveals another side to the VS sound. Edmund: Sure. Go right ahead. David: Thanks. Whatever mastering was done on them at the time had changed the overall sound. Yes it still sounded fine, and the songs came across, but to me these new versions sound much more alive, and there is much more detail in them.

I am really pleased with how they turned out. The punch is there and the clarity comes through. Edward: Agreed!

They sound so wide-screen and alive! I can hear and feel every bit of attack in the guitars. David: I am glad that I always went out of my way to preserve the various mixes and make backups, etc…as it has really come in handy. Edmund: And what can you tell me about the bonus tracks for them? However, we were able to still add some very nice things. In going through the archives, I came across various bits of acoustic guitar soloing that we had recorded Edward playing with the possible intention of turning into another song later on or using in some fashion somewhere on the "Marriage 1" album.

These ideas were never used, and in the process of unearthing them, I discovered how incredible they were! I listened through, sorted out the different takes he did, got the mix together and then presented the finished version to Edward, who promptly fell off his chair! He had forgotten about them, and was able to hear them with fresh ears and I believe he was more than a little pleased. Edward: That is the understatement of the year!

I was absolutely floored and really happy that we had these recordings after all this time, and I am really looking forward to unleashing them on the VS audience. Edmund: Which song are you talking about? Edmund: Curious title. Who is Angela?

David: It is a really beautiful bit that Edward came up with, and his performance on it is wonderful. We think it is a nice way to honor her. Edmund: That's great. And the other song for Part 1? We would have liked to include more stuff but there really is no more room on the disc.

These were done with just, guitars, some keyboards and the vocal…no drums except maybe a bass drum hit Album) and then, and no bass or elaborate production, but they sound amazing! Edward: Those versions rule the night. I have a cassette of them that I have been listening to for years! David: I had not heard them in ages, but I remembered them and I always remembered Edward telling me that he thought those versions were great, and now after hearing them again after all this time…I have to agree with him that they definitely do have some kind of magic.

Edmund: Great news! Frank Gilchriest wails like a God on them! Edward, Josh and I are really looking forward to getting all his tracks completed for the next several albums. Only Edward and I are playing on it. It was recorded live in the studio with just he and I, and then we added another guitar or two afterwards. It is a very emotional track, and could easily be re-recorded with the full on heavy treatment with electric guitars, bass and drums, but there is a certain charm and magic to how we do it in this version.

Edward: I love that song. It is really, really special. I am already calling it a classic. David: Again…we would have added more…but there is no more room on the disc. Please tell me something about the tracks on that. I am ready now. Regarding the question you asked me before, the title refers to the way in which it was captured.

Since the music was coming together so quickly we decided to go for it and see things through to their conclusion and this is the result of our long, hot summer.

These songs are a harvest…a collection of spectral moods, or ghosts that were born, died or unearthed during these past few months. Josh plays some wicked 8 string guitar on here and Edward wails as always.

While I do understand why our label wants to wait until February to release all these Works we are discussing, I am impatient to have them out. I really wanted them out by October to co-inside with the holiday…but unfortunately it is not to be.

We do want to preview some of the material in video form well in advance of the releases. That one roars. As discussed with our label, our current timetable or operating schedule looks like this:. The Release of a new single-standing studio album is set for September. And then …there will be the Release of the historical DVD. And quite possibly there will be some unexpected other releases in the midst of all that, because there are several more irons in the fire….

Edmund: So the DVD will eventually see the light of day? David: Oh yes. With it, I want to take the audience on a journey through our past, the present and future, and invite them into our environment.

Edward: The DVD will be incredible. It will Album) Epic! For me coming in fresh from being away from the tracks for awhile…I am blown away. The fire rages on! David : Indeed!

I think that is all for the moment. Edmund: Thanks very much for your words and thanks very much for the sneak preview. Edward: Our pleasure.

Let it Roar! And the Wrecking Ball Of Thor Rock Pages Interview. It is always a great pleasure and honor to do an interview with David DeFeis as he is a man with a wide knowledge of Greek and not only history but also a musician with an undeniable talent. Virgin Steele has already written its own, remarkable story in the last 30 or so years.

Rockpages gets in touch with DeFeis for yet another exclusive interview whereas we learn a few things more about this great American band. Interview: Sakis Nikas.

As a matter of fact, two of them were based on a yet unidentified concept. What can you tell us about them and will all three of them see the light of day in the near future? David DeFeis: Yes, Sakis, that is true we are working on the next 3 albums simultaneously. We do hope to have the first of the 3 out this year I wrote the lyrics for this one with a very open style, so the listener can imagine themselves in the main role, and "feel" where the story is going.

This album can be interpreted on many levels I have my own specific thoughts concerning what each song is actually about, but like I said, I wrote it in an open fashion so the listener can really find their own personal meaning for themselves in there For me it isn't necessary that the listener get my specific take on it.

I think that everyone who comes to it will find something different within to relate to. Musically it does absolutely flow like a "concept" album The other collection of songs or And the third album is a collection of tracks that are not necessarily at all related lyrically. If all goes well, the first one will be issued this year and the next one early the following year I wouldn't mind having both out this year.

We will also re-issue the next set of the catalogue So there will be all sorts of new sounds coming out either way. Is it evident of your maturity as a composer and do you think that you will release one day again a more traditional, non-concept heavy metal album?

David DeFeis: Yes I think it is partially a case of development, and also My mind has always worked towards organizing material into a unified whole. At least that has been my goal But I do enjoy taking Serpents Kiss - Virgin Steele - Age Of Consent (Cassette for or against a subject or an idea and trying to see it from as many sides as possible, and take the material on a trip to Hell or Heaven As I mentioned a moment ago But that being said I always feel that on some level they should relate, communicate, or have a thread that unites them in some way Nothing has faded or died I feel them everywhere I grew up in an environment that constantly put me in contact with your world, and the myths and philosophies contained within it.

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