SPV/Steamhammer are proud to re-release US power metal legends Virgin Steele’s The House Of Atreus Act I & Act II albums, (originally released in 1999 and 2000), on May 20th. This massive 3 CD digipak re-release comes with bonus material and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by vocalist David DeFeis.

DeFeis comments; “We are honoured and proud to announce that on May 20th 2016 Steamhammer SPV will re-release our Barbaric-Romantic Epic Metal-Opera The House Of Atreus! It will be issued in a special 3 CD digi-pak format. CD 1 will contain the entire Act 1 album, and compact discs 2 and 3 will contain the entire Act 2 album, plus the Magick Fire Music Ep tracks. The House Of Atreus was a major milestone release for us and we are excited to have the opportunity to present it to the public once again. In addition to its appearance as a full length album, this work was also presented live onstage as a fully realized theatrical production by the Landestheatre Schwaben, and the tour we completed for it was one of our longest and most ambitious tours ever. Those who might have missed either the album, the tour or the theatrical performance, can now once again experience this work in all its blood-drenched glory and murderous majesty…”

Virgin Steele, who were formed over three decades ago, in Long Island New York in 1981, forged their own magnificent musical path from day one; DeFeis states that “There are three terms I like to use when discussing the Virgin Steele sound; ‘Romantic Expressionism’, ‘Symphonic Blues Based Metal’, and, my favourite, or more appropriately, the one that most aptly conjures up the sound of this music in my mind, ‘Barbaric Romanticism’. With our music we wish to invoke the spiritual nature locked within all men and women.”

CD 1:
Kingdom of the Fearless (The Destruction of Troy)
Blaze of Victory (The Watchman’s Song)
Through the Ring of Fire
Prelude in A Minor (The Voyage Home)
Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes (The Messenger’s Song)
In Triumph or Tragedy
Return of the King
Flames of the Black Star (The Arrows of Herakles)
And Hecate Smiled
A Song of Prophecy
Child of Desolation
G Minor Invention (Descent Into Death’s Twilight Kingdom)
Day of Wrath
Great Sword of Flame
The Gift of Tantalos
Iphigenia in Hades
The Fire God
Garden of Lamentation
Agony and Shame
Gate of Kings
Via Sacra

CD 2
Wings of Vengeance
Hymn to the Gods of Night
Fire of Ecstasy
The Oracle of Apollo
The Voice as Weapon
Nemesis (instrumental)
The Wine of Violence
A Token of My Hatred
Summoning the Powers

CD 3
Flames of Thy Power (From Blood They Rise)
Arms of Mercury
By the Gods
Areopagos (instrumental)
The Judgement of the Son
Hammer the Winds
Guilt or Innocence (instrumental)
The Fields of Asphodel
When the Legends Die
Anemone (Withered Hopes… Forsaken)
The Waters of Acheron (instrumental)
Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor (The Death of Orestes) (instrumental)
Resurrection Day (The Finale)
Gate of Kings (Acoustic Version)
Agamemnon’s Last Hour
Great Sword of Flame (Alternate Version)
Prometheus the Fallen One (Re-mix)
Flames of Thy Power (From Blood They Rise) (Alternate Mix)
Wings of Vengeance (Alternate Mix)