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Artist: Virgin Steele
Title: The Passion Of Dionysus
Cat #: SH260612
Release Year: 2023
Packaging Type: Digipak
Deluxe digipak edition.
The Passion of Dionysus is the eighteenth studio album from the American power metal legend Virgin Steele.
Amidst an era where cultural innovation is often overshadowed, and unconventional musical expressions are lured by the allure of commercial mainstream, emerges Virgin Steele as a radiant beacon of hope.
For over four decades, the visionary David DeFeis has steadfastly guided one of power metal's most imaginative ensembles, his remarkable songwriting and charismatic vocals at the helm. Throughout this journey, DeFeis has ceaselessly evolved as a composer, musician, and producer, infusing his symphonic-infused sound with thrilling new influences.
A legacy of achievements punctuates DeFeis' path, from timeless classics like 'Invictus' (1998), 'The House Of Atreus I & II' (1999/2000), to 'Visions Of Eden' (2006). Now, in 'The Passion Of Dionysus,' DeFeis unfurls the apex of his unrestrained creativity. With a masterful touch, he guides this opus through an enthralling allegory of control and liberation, redefining artistic boundaries. Eight years following the resounding success of 'Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation' (2015), this album marks yet another pinnacle in the illustrious journey of Virgin Steele.
Within this musical offering, 'The Passion Of Dionysus,' DeFeis' craftsmanship shines brilliantly. Each note, a testament to his artistry, steers the narrative through a captivating exploration of themes. The album's profound resonance serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the craft. As the latest chapter in the saga of Virgin Steele unfolds, the echoes of past triumphs merge seamlessly with the promise of an uncharted musical landscape.
In a world where artistic integrity often wanes, 'The Passion Of Dionysus' stands as a testament to David DeFeis' unwavering commitment to musical excellence. Here, innovation and authenticity converge, crafting a symphony of sonic splendour that not only captivates the senses but also rekindles the flame of artistic innovation. As Virgin Steele's journey continues, this album etches its mark as a resplendent gem in the crown of their illustrious career.
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1. The Gethsemane Effect
You'll Never See The Sun Again (A Drama In 3 Parts)
2a. Pt.1 You'll Never See The Sun Again
2b. Pt.2 Pearls Before Swine
2c. Pt.3 The Fate That Pursues You
3. A Song Of Possession
The Ritual Of Descent (An Agon In 4 Parts)
4a. Pt.1 The Claws Of Your King
4b. Pt.2 Divine Intervention
4c. Pt.3 Underworld
4d. Pt.4 The Claws Of Your King Reprise
5. Spiritual Warfare
6. Black Earth & Blood
7. The Passion Of Dionysus
8. To Bind & Kill A God
9. Unio Mystica (The Girl With The Grave Deep Eyes)
10. I Will Fear No Man For I Am A God