Age of Consent (Virgin Steele album)

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This article is about the 1988 album. For the legal concept regarding sexual activity, see Age of consent. For other uses, see Age of consent (disambiguation).
Age of Consent
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Studio album by Virgin Steele
Released October 1988
Recorded December 1987 – July 1988
Studio BearTracks Studios, Suffern, New York, Sonic Sound and Studio 3973, Freeport, New York
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Length 47:59
Label Maze Music
Producer Chris Bubacz and David DeFeis
Virgin Steele chronology
Noble Savage
(1986)
Age of Consent
(1988)
Life Among the Ruins
(1993)
1997 edition CD cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Imperiumi 7/10 stars[2]
The Metal Crypt 3.5/5 stars[3]
Metal.it 8.5/10 stars[4]

Age of Consent is the fourth full-length album by US heavy metal band Virgin Steele. The album took eight months to complete, a change from Noble Savage which was recorded in only a few weeks, and was finally released in October 1988. It received scarce promotion and distribution by their small label, resulting in very low sales. The songs of this album follow in style and content the music of the previous album Noble Savage, adding a more polished sound and production.[5] At the time of release, the band faced legal and financial setbacks that brought to the unofficial disbandment of Virgin Steele.[6] Joe O'Reilly, although credited for playing bass on the album, was ill at the time of recording and was ghosted by DeFeis and Pursino.[6]

The album was reissued on CD in 1997 by Noise Records, with a new song listing, a new cover and many bonus tracks. In November 2011 Age of Consent was once again reissued by Steamhammer Records, a subsidiary of SPV, with the same track list as the 1997 release, but with an added bonus CD (named Under the Graveyard Moon) containing 7 additional tracks.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by David DeFeis except "Stay on Top", "Desert Plains", "Screaming for Vengeance", "Breach of Lease", and "Down by the River"

Original release
No. Title Music Length
1. "On the Wings of the Night" DeFeis 4:41
2. "Seventeen" DeFeis, Edward Pursino 4:19
3. "Tragedy" DeFeis, Pursino 4:21
4. "Stay on Top" (Uriah Heep cover) Tom Jackson 3:37
5. "Chains of Fire" DeFeis, Pursino 3:35
6. "The Burning of Rome (Cry for Pompeii)" DeFeis, Pursino 6:39
7. "Let It Roar" DeFeis, Pursino 4:49
8. "Lion in Winter" DeFeis 5:32
9. "Cry Forever" DeFeis 4:32
10. "We Are Eternal" DeFeis, Pursino 4:10
1997 Noise Records CD reissue
No. Title Music Length
1. "The Burning of Rome (Cry for Pompeii)" DeFeis, Pursino 6:39
2. "Let It Roar" DeFeis, Pursino 4:49
3. "Prelude to Evening" DeFeis 1:10
4. "Lion in Winter" DeFeis 5:32
5. "Stranger at the Gate" DeFeis 1:28
6. "Perfect Mansions (Mountains of the Sun)" DeFeis, Pursino 8:32
7. "Coils of the Serpent" DeFeis 1:24
8. "Serpent's Kiss" DeFeis 8:15
9. "On the Wings of the Night" DeFeis 4:41
10. "Seventeen" DeFeis, Pursino 4:19
11. "Tragedy" DeFeis, Pursino 4:21
12. "Stay on Top" (Uriah Heep cover) Jackson 3:37
13. "Chains of Fire" DeFeis, Pursino 3:35
14. "Desert Plains" (Judas Priest cover) Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, K.K. Downing 4:52
15. "Cry Forever" DeFeis 4:32
16. "We Are Eternal" DeFeis, Pursino 4:10
Total length: 71:08

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Chris Bubacz – producer, engineer
  • Al Falcon – engineer
  • Doug Rose – assistant engineer
  • Zoran Busic – executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reesman, Bryan. "Virgin Steele Age of Consent". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  2. ^ Turnbull, Bruce (2009-03-29). "Review: Virgin Steele - Age of Consent". The Metal Crypt.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Aimasso, Marco. "Virgin Steele - Age Of Consent (Reissue)" (in Italian). Metal.it. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  4. ^ Jensen, Tommy B. (2002-09-16). "Virgin Steele - Age of Consent". RevelationZ Magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  5. ^ a b DeFeis, David. "Virgin Steele Biography". Virgin-Steele.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Virgin Steele - Age of Consent". Metal-Archives.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29.