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Release date: 1999
Style: Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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8.6 | 109 votes

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01. Kingdom Of The Fearless (The Destruction Of Troy)
02. Blaze Of Victory (The Watchman's Song)
03. Through The Ring Of Fire
04. Prelude In A Minor (The Voyage Home)
05. Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes (The Messenger's Song)
06. In Triumph Or Tragedy
07. Return Of The King
08. Flames Of The Black Star (The Arrows Of Herakles)
09. Narcissus
10. And Hecate Smiled
11. A Song Of Prophecy
12. Child Of Desolation
13. G Minor Invention (Descent Into Death's Twilight Kingdom)
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

Review
Lyrics (13)


Line-up
David DeFeis - vocals, keyboards
Edward Pursino - guitars, bass
Frank Gilchriest - drums


Additional info
All lyrics written by David DeFeis.

Guest review by
Emalaith

Rating:
9.0
'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
LuciferOfGayness - 25.12.2015 at 15:04  
  Didnt listen to this in the 80s 0r 90s so they are a new find for me. Imo they are best in their genre - pretentious, symphonic, heavy-power. Having such a bombastic sound without beeing sleazy is quite unique in heavy metal? This one have to be one of the best in their masterful discography. Less is a bore.
Bad English - 25.12.2015 at 15:45  
 
Written by Guest on 25.12.2015 at 15:04

Didnt listen to this in the 80s 0r 90s so they are a new find for me. Imo they are best in their genre - pretentious, symphonic, heavy-power. Having such a bombastic sound without beeing sleazy is quite unique in heavy metal? This one have to be one of the best in their masterful discography. Less is a bore.


How old are you geezer?
TrueMetalJope - 05.11.2016 at 17:27  
Rating: 8 Still good, though Marriages and Invictus seem stronger. Most of these short 1-2 minute songs are ridiculously filler sounding.

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