Virgin Steele

Magic Circle Festival - 2010

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

I’ve never really listened to Virgin Steele myself, although I have heard about them from several others, so I was a bit curious as to what this second act at the Magic Circle Festival would be bringing to the table.

My first thought as I saw them upon the stage also picked my curiosity, although in quite a different way; they didn’t have a bassist! No explanation of this was ever given, and I couldn’t tell from the live-sound how they pulled it off, whether they used a pre-recorded track, or if they just skipped the whole thing…
The rest of the band was a lively bunch however, especially so the two guitarists, and David DeFeis (vocals) was flying across the stage, symbolically speaking, as he sang and made court to the audience.
After a quick look at this scrawny, elderly looking man, I was quite impressed that he had so much power in him, although after seeing Ronnie James Dio live I shouldn’t be surprised that this generation is packing more than it appears to be.

As we were only on the second band of the day at the Main Stage (Virgin Steele was actually the third one playing, but we didn’t see the first one), Virgin Steele hadn’t had much luck in pulling a big crowd. I would say it reached about halfway from the stage to the sound-tower, and it was very loosely packed.
Still, I do believe that those who knew the band liked what they saw, and although not much action was kicked up in the crowd, there was a nice vibe going on.

I on my part wasn’t really grabbed in any special way by what I heard and saw of this classic metal constellation, but I would imagine that lovers of old-school metal and Manowar styled music would feel right at home here.
Still, it was good music to grab a beer and listen to in the more relaxed back-row area.

Setlist:

Immortal I Stand (The Birth Of Adam)
The Wine Of Violence
Through Blood And Fire
Crown Of Glory
A Symphony Of Steele
Noble Savage
Kingdom Of The Fearless (The Destruction Of Troy)
The Burning Of Rome (Cry For Pompeii)

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