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Release date: 1999
Style: Heavy metal, Symphonic metal


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01. Kingdom Of The Fearless
02. Blaze Of Victory
03. Through The Ring Of Fire
04. Prelude In A Minor
05. Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes
06. In Triumph Or Tragedy
07. Return Of The King
08. Flames Of The Black Star
09. Narcissus
10. And Hecate Smiled
11. A Song Of Prophecy
12. Child Of Desolation
13. G Minor Invention
14. Day Of Wrath
15. Great Sword Of Flame
16. The Gift Of Tantalos
17. Iphigenia In Hades
18. The Fire God
19. Garden Of Lamentation
20. Agony And Shame
21. Gate Of Kings
22. Via Sacra

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'The House of Atreus Act I' represents the first part of Virgin Steele's 'barbaric-romantic' (to quote David DeFeis) metal opera, which revolves around a story of betrayal, murder, and revenge situated in ancient Greece around the time of the Battle of Troy. This album (along with the second part) showcases the band's full potential like none of its predecessors in Virgin Steele's long career. The opener, 'Kingdom of the Fearless' takes us into the story (which is rather complicated - read the booklet!) with double-bass drumming, exploding guitars, and David's voice, which, on this one, he uses more to scream than to sing. As we proceed through the album, the story is told with instrumental pieces, spoken words, swords? clanging, and acoustical renditions of heads being chopped off - very entertaining indeed.

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Bad English - 29.05.2012 at 01:13  
  This is redicilus ok Concept album about Hellas but its way to Manowar way to lame and suck, no metal, more epic overdose its all, horible album

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