The Black Light Bacchanalia

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The Black Light Bacchanalia
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Studio album by Virgin Steele
Released October 22, 2010 (Germany)
October 25, 2010 (Europe)
November 09, 2010 (USA)
Recorded The Hammer of Zeus, New York, USA
Genre Power metal
Length 77:22
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer David DeFeis
Virgin Steele chronology
Visions of Eden
(2006)Visions of Eden2006
The Black Light Bacchanalia
Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation
(2015)Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation2015

The Black Light Bacchanalia is the twelfth album by New York heavy/power metal group Virgin Steele, released via SPV/Steamhammer on October 22, 2010 in Germany, Austria & Switzerland, and the rest of Europe on October 25, 2010 & on November 9, 2010, in the USA.

The album is issued in CD format, Limited Edition digi-pack (with a bonus CD) and 3.000 copies worldwide boxset (with Triple Lp Vinyl with a book, CD, and extensive packaging).

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics by David DeFeis

  1. "By the Hammer of Zeus (And the Wrecking Ball of Thor)" - 8:05
  2. "Pagan Heart" - 6:19
  3. "The Bread of Wickedness" - 3:11
  4. "In a Dream of Fire" - 5:57
  5. "Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)" - 5:20
  6. "The Orpheus Taboo" - 7:43
  7. "To Crown Them with Halos (Parts 1 & 2)" - 11:16
  8. "The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is to Come)" - 7:19
  9. "The Torture's of the Damned" - 3:00
  10. "Necropolis (He Answers Them with Death)" - 9:08
  11. "Eternal Regret" - 8:58

Digipack CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "When I'm Silent (The Wind of Voices)" - 6:00
  2. "Silent Sorrow" - 4:24
  3. "From a Whisper to a Scream (The Spoken Biography)" - 30:42


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer 6/7 stars[2]
Imperiumi 7++[3]

It is a long album...close to 80 minutes. The album (to be really brief) concerns the reversal of all things. Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons from the new religion. The Black Light Bacchanalia is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the 'Goddess Principle,' switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God...And it also has to do with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising...Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album...Musically it is quite something else...


Band members[edit]

  • David DeFeis - all vocals, keyboards, orchestration, bass, producer, engineer
  • Edward Pursino - 6 string guitars
  • Josh Block - 7 string guitars, engineer
  • Frank Gilchriest - drums


  • Ed Warrin - engineer


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "The Black Light Bacchanalia review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  2. ^ Mineur, Matthias (10 February 2011). "Virgin Steele The Black Light Bacchanalia review" (in German). Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ Jussi Kallinen (2010-10-30). "Levyarviot: Virgin Steele - The Black Light Bacchanalia". Imperiumi. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Band Page - Virgin Steele". RevelationZ webzine. Archived from the original on November 15, 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-20.