Music Premiere: Virgin Steele’s “The Bread Of Wickedness”

Virgin Steele (L to R): Bassist Josh Block, frontman/keyboardist David DeFeis,
guitarist Ed Pursino and drummer Frank Gilchriest.
(Photo credit: Gail Flug.)

Romantic headbangers Virgin Steele unleash their latest opus The Black Light Bacchanalia next Tuesday, November 9th. It’s their first new studio release in four years, and while it contains the epic, symphonic aesthetic that’s become their trademark throughout their 29-year career, it also hearkens back to their early days with a rawer sound and slightly more straight-ahead approach. It is thinking man’s rock propelled by unbridled metal energy. The quintessential track in this regard is the three-minute rocker, “The Bread Of Wickedness,” which you can sample below, courtesy of SPV Music.

In celebration of the album’s release, A.D.D. will be giving away two digipak copies of The Black Light Bacchanalia as well as five posters, all signed by the band. Click here for more details.

Virgin Steele – The Bread Of Wickedness

Frontman David DeFeis told A.D.D. that “The Bread Of Wickedness” is “perhaps the shortest ever of our straight ahead metal tracks. It begins with a kind of Gothic/Witch type choir or Viking chant, and then the full bombast begins.” The mid-tempo rock cut strongly shows how the band can be equally adept at a verse-chorus-verse-chorus type rocker as with an epic composition. “Lyrically it features a character named Samael from the last album, Visions Of Eden,” continues DeFeis. “He is urging God on to kill both Lilith and Eve. He’s quite the antagonizer. [The song is] straight ahead, short and sweet, and it could be construed as our ‘Paranoid’.”

According to DeFeis, The Black Light Bacchanalia (the title akin to saying “this insane life”) continues and concludes the story begun on Visions Of Eden. “It brings those elements to their conclusion with the death of Lilith, and also God finally lamenting all the damage he has done and the havoc he has wrought.” Further, the singer continues “the discussion of the death of Paganism and the eradication of the Female Goddess Principle due to the rise of the Mountain-Fire-Father God, but I go further with discussing the rise of ‘organized’ religion and its mark upon Paganism, and the subsequent coming of the Dark Ages. However, that being said, I am really discussing today’s Dark Ages, and the rise of fundamentalism in all walks of life, not only in religion, but politics and everywhere else. And ultimately the album is about rebellion. Rebellion against authority, God, government, whatever.”

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3 Responses

  1. Nightman

    This is most definitely a return to form for VS after the dissapointing ‘Visions of Eden’. The songs are ‘more metal’, the sound mix is better though the drums at times sound rather robotic. Whilst VS like to give their fans value with an 80 minute album they should also consider that quality must always outweigh quantity. For me the final track on cd 1 “Eternal Regret” is over 8 minutes I could do without. VS whilst not wanting to conform to current trends (an admirable quality) must also realise that most music fans do not want their music too complex.
    To conclude a very good release but well short of the Marriage Albums, Invictus and the best tracks on the Atreus cds (which in parts were also too long, too subdued and contained too many fillers)
    On stage there is no better band than Virgin Steele and I look forward to their return.


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