Limited Edition Vinyl Release and Live Performance At Seattle’s Easy Street!
Fresh off their SXSW performance, Duff McKagan’s Loaded are going all out for this year’s Record Store Day! Performing at Seattle’s Easy Street Records on Saturday, April 16, the band will also release a limited edition vinyl of their new album, The Taking (CD release April 19 – Eagle Rock Entertainment).
American heavy metal masters VIRGIN STEELE are proud to announce that they will be reissuing their classic 1986 album “Noble Savage”. The album will released May 17th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer. This deluxe reissue will be available as a double CD digipak as well as a double gatefold LP.
“Noble Savage” is the third album from the American heavy metal band VIRGIN STEELE. The album was released in 1986 by Cobra Records. Before the “Noble Savage” recordings, original guitarist Jack Starr resigned from the band and was replaced by Edward Pursino, an old friend of DeFeis’ whose guitar playing fit perfectly with VIRGIN STEELE’S music and style. Pursino’s contribution came also in the form of new musical ideas and compositions and to this day, he is still a mainstay in VIRGIN STEELE’S line-up. The band’s front man David Defeis considers this album one of the most important in the history of the band. The disc was the first in which the band was completely satisfied with the music and sound. The current musical style of the band is fully manifested, containing grandiose compositions with multilayered keyboard sound and more sophisticated arrangements than in previous albums. “Noble Savage” has become one of the most POPULAR VIRGIN STEELE albums and it includes the songs “We Rule the Night” and “Noble Savage”, which the band still plays in concert.
LINE-UP on “Noble Savage”:
David DeFeis – vocals
Edward Pursino – guitars
Joe O´Reilly – bass
Joey Ayvazian – drums
David DeFeis – vocals
Edward Pursino – guitars
Josh Block – bass, guitars
Frank Gilchriest – drums
01. We Rule The Night
02. I´m On Fire
03. Thy Kingdom Come
04. Image Of A Faun At Twilight (instrumental)
05. Noble Savage
06. Fight Tooth And Nail
07. The Evil In her Eyes
08. Rock Me
09. Don`t Close Your Eyes
10. The Angel Of Light
11. Obession (It Burns For You) – bonus track
12. Love And Death – bonus track
13. Where Are You Running To – bonus track
14. Come On And Love Me – bonus track
15. The Spirit Of Steele – bonus track
16. The Pyre of Kings (instrumental) – bonus track
CD 2 – Extra Noble Ingredients
01. To The Devil A Daughter – previously unreleased
02. God Of Violence Kill – previously unreleased
03. Viking – previously unreleased
04. Ase`s Death (instrumental) – previously unreleased
05. Bitches From Hell – previously unreleased
06. Fight Tooth And Nail (Roman Sword Re-Mix) – bonus track
07. Tales From The Hammer – previously unreleased
08. We Rule The Night (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
09. I´m On Fire (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
10. Fight Tooth And Nail (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
11. Rock Me (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
12. We Rule The Night (Bigger gongs&Bombs early rough mix version) – previously unreleased
13. Noble Savage (Flanging For Eternity early rough mix version) – bonus track
The amount of talented bands coming out of Sweden is absolutely staggering. Stockholm, Sweden’s De Van is one of the more unique bands I have heard, and quite possibly one of the better ones. Unlike many of their peers who fit more into the glam & sleaze genres, De Van’s music has a more Finnish sound. I would describe their sound as melodic metal, but hanging one genre on the band doesn’t really seem appropriate after listening to Planet Botox. De Van is a little bit metal, a little bit hard rock, a dash of electronica and 100% great!
Eric De Van has a huge voice, but not one that you would expect to hear in a metal band. His voice is clean and clear, and seems well suited to the melodic rock of De Van. The band’s sound is also bolstered by the keyboard playing of Johan Adler. His playing does not over power the music of De Van, it augments it. Typically, I am not a big fan of keyboard oriented rock, but Adler’s keyboards blends so well with the up tempo rhythms of the music, I have enjoyed this sound a lot.
I would describe the opening number “Another Perfect Day” as a melodic headbanger. The drum rhythms are heavy and will definitely get you rocking. ”Shine” is a heavy rocker that sounds like a blend of Disturbed, Nine Inch Nails and dare I say, Information Society. That description sounds like an odd mix, but this is a really cool song.
“Plastic Surgery” seems like an odd title for a song. De Van has taken a rarely sang about subject and crafted a well written song.
“I Lose My Faith” is a slower number that builds in to a modern rock beast that ought to be an international hit for De Van. This is a great tune, and one you should all check out. (The “I Lose My Faith” video is below!)
These are just some of the standout tracks on Planet Botox. There really isn’t a bad song in the bunch. If you want to check out a new band that has a cool sound, you need to check out De Van! You can listen to songs from Planet Botox, and download the song “Shine” for free on De Van’s Reverbnation Page!
You can purchase Planet Botox at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Another Perfect Day
3. Plastic Surgery
4. Feed Me
5. I Lose My Faith
7. Not Good
9. Here in Shalaland
10. Planet Botox
11. Waiting for the Sun
De Van is:
Eric De Van – Lead vocals
Johan Adler – Keyboard
Greg Andersson – Guitar, backing vocals
Cee – Bass, backing vocals
Mike Lavér – Lead guitar
Joakim Janthe – Drums
Check out the hot new video “Shoot Me Down” from Brazilian metallers, Hibria! This song is from the band’s new album, Blind Ride!