Interview by Sandra
1. How long has Virgin Steele been
The band was formed on October 1981.
The first album was released in 1982. Therefore we have been together almost 5
years! I find that pretty amazing.
2. How would you describe your music
to someone who has never Virgin Steele?
I call it "barbaric
expressionism." It has a primal primitive-savage quality, combined with a
lyrically, elegant side. The heaviness of metal, combined with the
bombastic-grandiose power of classical music, along with strong melodic
3. Is there a meaning behind the
name Virgin Steele?
The name Virgin Steele means a fresh
approach, a new lease on life, full of hunger and power, rich with dignity and
majesty, with an awareness and respect for tradition, but with a desperate need
to carve out new frontiers of expression. Taking the music as far as it can
possibly go, breaking boundaries wide open. There are NO LIMITS. Pure metal -
pure power, and also that dichotomy, of lightness or softness, and heaviness
4. Has there been any line-up
Rob DeMartino is back with us,
although he didn't play on the album. Also our long time drummer Joey Ayvazian
has retired from the business. The new drummer is Frank Gilchriest. Frank plays
on three tracks of the new album. The others were done by Joey before his
5. Who does most of the songwriting?
I am the main composer. All the
songs are written completely by myself, and sometimes I collaborate with our
guitarist Edward Pursino.
6. Where do you get inspirations for
The inspiration comes from living
life, being in touch with my surroundings and then interpreting what I see and
feel. Also I read a lot and enjoy theater and film. Wine can also be very
7. Many of your songs deal with
mythology? Is this something you've had an interest in?
Yes, I am an avid reader of all the
classic Greek, Roman, and Nordic Myths. I find many similarities and
connections within these three types, as well as connections with many other
religions, like Christianity or Judaism.
8. In this age of AIDS, how do you
deal with the groupie situation?
There are always groupies if anyone
wishes to indulge in this behavior. It is in the best interest to use condoms
and be as careful as possible. It is still possible to have fun this way.
9. When is Virgin Steele touring?
The next tour will take place in the
Spring of 1996 across Europe.
10. What do you hope for the future
of Virgin Steele?
I want to successfully tour all of
Europe, especially the places we haven't been to yet. I also wish to record a
live album and a massive metal/symphonic opera!!!
11. Is there an address where people
can write to the band?
The address for fan club information
and merchandise is:
Virgin Steele P.O. BOX 2431, North
Babylon, NY 11703-0431.