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1 Power Metal 37 3.66
2 Progressive Metal 33 3.74
3 US Power Metal 25 3.46
4 Heavy Metal 20 3.55
5 NWoBHM 5 4.20
6 Hard Rock 1 4.00
7 Metal Related 1 5.00
8 Non-Metal 1 2.00
9 Speed Metal 1 3.00

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VIRGIN STEELE The House Of Atreus: Act II

Album · 2001 · US Power Metal
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Part 2 of the House of Atreus saga picks up musically right where part 1 left off. (See my review for the previous album for details). Recall this is a concept album based on an ancient Greek myth. The music blends you standard Virgin Steele power metal melodic goodness with a real symphonic/classical feel. This album is a bit more sprawling than the first, with fewer metal songs and more piano interludes and the like. That said, what's on here is still high quality, and as a cohesive work is really nice. These albums are the pinnacle of mixing the symphonic with the power metal. However, due to their sprawling nature they are a bit much, so I give it 4 stars. A skillful editor may have been able to extract a little bit and end up with a stronger album. Highlights are the driving opener Wings Of Vengeance, the powerful A Token Of My Hatred, and the over the top saga closer Resurrection Day.

VIRGIN STEELE The House Of Atreus: Act I

Album · 1999 · US Power Metal
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To me, this album is the embodiment of symphonic power metal. Part 1 of The House of Atreus is Virgin Steele at their most complex, pompous, and melodramatic. The album consists of VS's bombastic melodic songs, separated by more classical instrumental type segue breaks. The album is a concept album about some ancient greek myth type stuff.

The songs are all mostly pretty great. Highlights for me include the galloping opener Kingdom of the Fearless, Return of the King/Flames of the Black Star, and the great closing suite of Garden of Lamentation / Agony and Shame (who's theme is a callback to a theme on Invictus) / Gate of Kings / Via Sacra. In between these opuses you have standard VS rocking goodness like Great Sword of Flame and Through the Ring of Fire.

The short musical segues are of varying quality. I find them to be mostly of decent quality, and feel that they add to the album as a whole, cohesive work. However, sometimes they fall a bit flat. Blaze of Victory for example is 4 minutes of mostly spoken word storytelling over music. It's not terrible but usually a skipper for me.

If you love your metal melodramatic, bombastic, powerful, and melodic, you will love this album. The real songs are great, but the segues can detract a little so I docked this a star and called it a 4.

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  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Viper (Power Metal)
    If you are power metal fans you probably know Viper already.  I did not see them here.  They are probably best known for being the source of Andre Matos, who came to fame with Angra.  Viper are Brazillian and apparently still active on and off, but I only know their stuff with Andre Matos.Their second album, Theatre of Fate, is a power metal classic.  It is similar to early  Angra but a bit more neoclassical or something.


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