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Virgin Steele

Life Among the Ruins Virgin Steele-Life Among the Ruins (T&T)

1. "Sex Religion Machine" (4:43)
2. "Jet Black" (4:17)
3. "Love is Pain" (3:52)
4. "Invitation" (1:17)
5. "I Dress in Black (Woman with No Shadows)" (4:45)
6. "Crown of Thorns" (6:28)
7. "Cage of Angels" -instrumental (:55)
8. "Never Believed in Goodbye" (4:22)
9. "Too Hot To Handle" (4:40)
10. "Love is Gone" (4:28)
11. "Snakeskin Voodoo Man" (5:16)
12. "Wild Fire Woman" (4:43)
13. "Cry Forever" (
4:32)
14. "Haunting the Last Hours" -instrumental (:54)
15. "Last Rose of Summer" (4:22)

I use to own some early Virgin Steele on vinyl but had really sort of forgotten about them. I remembered Virgin Steele as being a Manowar-ish heavy metal band, but this disc is melodic, semi-commercial heavy metal. The disc does have its moments: the anthemic '80s rocker "Love Is Pain," the sappy ballad "Last Rose of Summer" and the Led Zeppelin-inspired "I Dress in Black." My copy is autographed.

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