The House of Atreus Act I

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The House of Atreus Act I
Studio album by Virgin Steele
Released November 16, 1999
Recorded Media Recording, The Bellmores, New York
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Length 74:01
Label T&T / Noise
Producer David DeFeis
Virgin Steele chronology
Invictus
(1998)
The House of Atreus Act I
(1999)
Magick Fire Music
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The House of Atreus Act I, released in 1999, is the ninth studio album by the American heavy metal band Virgin Steele. It has the subtitle A Barbaric-Romantic Opera. This album is the first part of a metal opera inspired by the Oresteia, a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus which concerns the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The music was intended to be the soundtrack for theatrical shows, with actors impersonating the characters of the tragedy.[2] The metal opera was actually performed under the name "Klytaimnestra - The House Of Atreus" in European theatres from 1999 to 2001, with the production of the Memmingen Opera House company and Landestheater Production.[3]

The song "The Fire God" first appears on the 1986 Piledriver LP Stay Ugly.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by David DeFeis except tracks 5, 7, 8, 15 and 18 by DeFeis / Pursino

  1. "Kingdom of the Fearless (The Destruction of Troy)" - 7:39
  2. "Blaze of Victory (The Watchman's Song)" - 3:59
  3. "Through the Ring of Fire" - 5:25
  4. "Prelude in A Minor (The Voyage Home)" - 1:14
  5. "Death Darkly Closed Their Eyes (The Messenger's Song)" - 1:26
  6. "In Triumph or Tragedy" - 1:43
  7. "Return of the King" - 4:24
  8. "Flames of the Black Star (The Arrows of Herakles)" - 6:31
  9. "Narcissus" - 1:13
  10. "And Hecate Smiled" - 2:58
  11. "A Song of Prophecy" - 2:16
  12. "Child of Desolation" - 4:49
  13. "G Minor Invention (Descent into Death's Twilight Kingdom)" - 2:58
  14. "Day of Wrath" - 1:52
  15. "Great Sword of Flame" - 4:29
  16. "The Gift of Tantalos" - 1:57
  17. "Iphigenia in Hades" - 2:01
  18. "The Fire God" - 4:43
  19. "Garden of Lamentation" - 1:48
  20. "Agony and Shame" - 5:16
  21. "Gate of Kings" - 3:45
  22. "Via Sacra" - 1:35

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • David DeFeis - all vocals, keyboards, orchestration, effects, producer
  • Edward Pursino - acoustic and electric guitars, bass
  • Frank Gilchriest - drums

Production[edit]

  • Steve Young, Ed Warrin - engineers
  • Michael Sarsfield - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Virgin Steele The House of Atreus, Act I review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  2. ^ Claassen, Ramon (2000-10-22). "Klytaimnestra review". Take It webzine. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Landestheater Schwaben" (in German). Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Virgin Steele - The House of Atreus: Act I". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-10-29.