Noble Savage (album)

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Noble Savage
Studio album by Virgin Steele
Released 1986
Recorded Sonic Sound and Studio 3973, Freeport, New York, 1985
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Length 46:04
Label Cobra
Producer David DeFeis
Virgin Steele chronology
Wait for the Night EP
(1983)
Noble Savage
(1986)
Age of Consent
(1988)
2008 edition CD cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
The Metal Crypt 4.5/5 stars[2]
Imperiumi 7.5/10 stars[3]

Noble Savage is the third studio album of the American heavy metal band Virgin Steele, released in 1986 by Cobra Records. The album was reissued in 1997 on CD by Noise Records with six bonus tracks. The remastered edition of 2008 by Dockyard 1 added two other extra tracks. In May 2011, the album was reissued once more by Steamhammer Records, a subsidiary of SPV with the same track list as the 1997 release, but with an added bonus CD containing 13 additional tracks.[4]

Before the recording of Noble Savage, original guitarist Jack Starr resigned from the band and was replaced by Edward Pursino, an old friend of DeFeis, whose guitar playing immediately fit very well with Virgin Steele's music and style. Pursino's contribution came also in the form of new musical ideas and compositions, and he is still a mainstay in Virgin Steele's line-up. The band's frontman David DeFeis considers this album one of the most important in the history of the band.[5]

Noble Savage was the first album where the band was completely satisfied with its music and sound. It is also the first album on which the current musical style of the band is fully manifested, containing grandiose compositions with multi-layered keyboard sound and more sophisticated arrangements. 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.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by David DeFeis

Original CD release
No. Title Music Length
1. "We Rule the Night"   DeFeis, Edward Pursino 5:40
2. "I'm on Fire"   DeFeis, Pursino 3:56
3. "Thy Kingdom Come"   DeFeis 3:41
4. "Image of a Faun at Twilight" (instrumental) DeFeis 1:16
5. "Noble Savage"   DeFeis 7:30
6. "Fight Tooth and Nail"   DeFeis 3:32
7. "The Evil in Her Eyes"   DeFeis, Pursino 4:44
8. "Rock Me"   DeFeis, Pursino 3:38
9. "Don't Close Your Eyes"   DeFeis 5:07
10. "The Angel of Light"   DeFeis 7:00

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • David DeFeis – vocals, keyboards, orchestration, producer
  • Ed Pursino – all guitars
  • Joe O'Reilly – bass
  • Joey Ayvazian – drums

Production[edit]

  • Al Falcon – engineer
  • Artie Ware, Jerry Comito – assistant engineers
  • Steve Young – remastering engineer
  • Hugh Syme – art direction and design
  • Dimo Safari – photos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reesman, Bryan. "Virgin Steele Noble Savage review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  2. ^ Turnbull, Bruce (2009-04-22). "Review: Virgin Steele - Noble Savage". The Metal Crypt.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Starbuck (2008-04-23). "Levyarviot: Virgin Steele - Noble Savage (reissue)". Imperiumi. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Virgin Steele - Noble Savage". Metal-Archives.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  5. ^ DeFeis, David. "Virgin Steele Biography". Virgin-Steele.com. Retrieved 2010-04-06.