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SPV / Steamhammer is proud to re-release Virgin Steele’s “Life Among The Ruins.” This 2 CD digipak re-release comes with massive bonus tracks and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis. Release dates are as follows:

Europe June 18th, 2012
Germany June 15th, 2012
Canada/U.S. July 17th, 2012

“Life Among the Ruins” was the fifth full-length studio album by U.S. heavy metal band Virgin Steele. It was originally released in 1993 and was the first album with bassist Rob DeMartino, who replaced Joe O’Reilly, retired from the scene.

David DeFeis comments on the re-release: “We will shortly be re-releasing our Life Among The Ruins album. This 2012 version will be in digi-pak form and contain not one…but 2 discs with a large amount of extra ingredients. On the first disc we include 5 rare & unvarnished acoustic recordings, plus a full band bonus track. On disc #2 we have included 20 tracks. These tracks consist of a large amount of newly recorded material completed just this week, as well as alternate mixes of some of the album’s original tracks. And in addition we have also included a never released track from somewhere around that period of time. All the material has been re-mastered, and the package will feature copious liner notes, photos and unique packaging!”

The track listing is as follows:

CD#1: “LIFE AMONG THE RUINS”

1. SEX RELIGION MACHINE
2. LOVE IS PAIN
3. JET BLACK
4. INVITATION
5. I DRESS IN BLACK (WOMAN WITH NO SHADOW)
6. CROWN OF THORN
7. CAGE OF ANGELS
8. NEVER BELIEVED IN GOODBYE
9. TOO HOT TO HANDLE
10. LOVE’S GONE
11. SNAKESKIN VOODOO MAN full electric version-bonus track
12. WILDFIRE WOMAN
13. HAUNTING THE LAST HOURS
14. LAST ROSE OF SUMMER

Additional Bonus Tracks:

15. SNAKESKIN VOODOO MAN-Live Acoustic Rehearsal Version
16. JET BLACK-Live Acoustic Rehearsal Version
17. PURPLE RAIN-Live Acoustic Rehearsal Version
18. WILDFIRE WOMAN-Live Acoustic Rehearsal Version
19. EYES WITHOUT A FACE-Live Acoustic Rehearsal Version

CD #2: “MY MOURNING CLOTHES”

1. WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS-new bonus track
2. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL-new bonus track
3. MY MOURNING CLOTHES-new bonus track
4. MAMBO SUN-new bonus track
5. BALLROOMS OF MARS -new bonus track

“The Vertical Soul Suite”:

6. WILD THING-new bonus track
7. THE MOONRISE IN YOUR SKIN-new bonus track
8. WILD THING “Reprise”-new bonus track
9. THE MAGICK IN YOUR SIN-new bonus track
10. SEX RELIGION MACHINE-never released New York Mix
11. JET BLACK-never released New York Mix
12. CROWN OF THORNS-never released New York Mix
13. CAGE OF ANGELS-never released New York Mix
14. NEVER BELIEVED IN GOODBYE-never released New York Mix
15. LOVE IS PAIN-USA-never released New York Mix
16. INVITATION-never released New York Mix
17. I DRESS IN BLACK (WOMAN WITH NO SHADOW)-never released NY Mix
18. TOO HOT TO HANDLE-never released New York Mix
19. LOVE’S GONE-never released New York Mix
20. FLESH & BLOOD-never released bonus track

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As Judas Priest will be hitting the road this year for their reported final tour, it’s appropriate to wander back to their 1977 masterwork, Sin After Sin.

Sin After Sin was, at one time, an acquired taste in Priest’s catalog. While it remains one of their all-time heaviest and most polished recordings, most fans picked up with the band either via British Steel and Hell Bent For Leather or Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith. Those albums are slicker, louder and filled with iconic heavy metal classics. Sin After Sin is iconic itself, but you really had to dig backwards when learning the history of metal in order to appreciate their grinding “Dissident Aggressor” (made popular by benefit of Slayer’s cover) and the banging “Sinner,” “Race With the Devil” and “Starbreaker.”

A bit more refined than the over-the-top bludgeoning and tunefulness of their later work, Sin After Sin is a portal into a heavy metal wonderland, in sound by “Last Rose of Summer” and visually by the album’s escapist artwork. I have a great fondness for a lot of the older, detailed paintings gracing Judas Priest’s albums, in particular for Sad Wings of Destiny, Rocka Rolla and the Hero Hero compilation. I’m most fond, however, of the minimalist copier paper trail to infinitum found on Point of Entry. As a writer, that triggers my neurons and sends them scampering in search of that elusive vanishing point.

Yet the Sin After Sin album cover may provoke the most imagination of any of Priest’s albums. I think of Heavy Metal the magazine, I think of Arthur’s fadeout in Excalibur and I think of lust and desire, depicted in the abstract forms found at the sepulchure’s portal on this cover. One must deal with temptation from both sides when approaching the tomb, which really strikes my fancy.

Seduction and damnation await all who enter, and yet the Sin After Sin cover makes you want to see more, particularly to see if there’s a payout to the suggested sex by the translucent girl parting her legs to the side. What’s she hiding between her thighs? Kind of reminds you of an installment of Den from the pages of Heavy Metal, yes? With the devil obscura towards panel left, you get the feeling there’s pain coming with the pleasure, woe be to your genitalia…

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