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Review: Virgin Steele - Noble Savage
Virgin Steele
Noble Savage

Label: Dockyard 1
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 1986
Duration: 78:25
Tracks: 18
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 21, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Noble Savage

Rated 4.51/5 (90.29%) (68 Votes)

This was where Virgin Steele started getting great, following the ropey in places - yet enjoyable - Guardians of the Flame. Noble Savage gives us an insight as to just how great DeFeis and the gang would ascend to be in future years. Noble Savage is different to the majority of the Virgin Steele catalogue, with the previous albums displaying a more conventional sound with a strong mainstream influence, while subsequent releases featured the greater inclusion of their epic sound that they would become renowned for in later years. Noble Savage shows Virgin Steele at their heaviest – this is pure 80's metal of the highest caliber. Often overlooked amongst their back catalogue, this album should not be denied a place in your collection and of course with the re-release, what better time than now?

Awesome riffs, blistering solos and the incredible vocal work of Mr. DeFeis are what's in store with Noble Savage. Tracks such as "We Rule The Night", "Fight Tooth and Nail" and "Thy Kingdom Come" are all brilliant metal stompers. We see their epic side in the fantastic title track as well as "The Angel of Light" which are amongst some of the coolest cuts Virgin Steele have given the world. "I'm on Fire" is a personal favorite, opening with a smoldering guitar lead courtesy of the fantastic Edward Pursino. Hell even the bonus tracks are cool as hell - "Obsession (It Burns For You)" and "Come on and Love Me" should have been on the main event. In all honesty there's not a bad track on Noble Savage - we just have some that are better than others. Overall a fantastic album that's nice to see get the re-release treatment (again). Fans of Heavy/Power Metal owe it to themselves to check this out. Recommended.

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