Backed by a band of skilful Swedes (including Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe fame) the rehab-ed and rejuvenated “Voice Of Rock” delivered an engaging set of hard and groovy AOR with 1994’s From Now On… The album wasted no time getting Purple fans onboard with the rousing, Hammond-led opener Pickin’ Up The Pieces and the superb blues metal of Lay Your Body Down. But it also pointed the way forward with the moody funk of Walking On The Water, soulful rocker The Liar and the trippy Into The Void. It gets too middle-of-the-road for comfort at points and there’s some dated bloat in the album’s later stages but the closing title-track and a couple of ace Purple covers are worth holding out for. Stronger and more confident from here on in, Glenn would get more adventurous and exciting with subsequent releases. But this album was a strong building block for his comeback and also a great place for new fans to discover his talents.
I bought a veritable shit-ton of Virgin Steele albums at Xmas. I’m still working my way through them all but I’ve already got a good few new favourite albums of all time out of them. Yes, they’re that good. The standout album so far is The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Part One. This is a band firing on all cylinders, veering boldly from strident warrior metal to heartfelt balladry and epic classical pomp without a dull moment. The band describe their music as barbaric romanticism and it’s a great description because, for all the chest beating and sword waving, this is a band unafraid to employ sensitivity and romance, usually via the emotive delivery and passionate lyrics of vocalist/composer David DeFeis. He has a remarkable gift for vocal melodies that lifts songs like I Will Come For You, Trail of Tears, Life Among the Ruins and Blood and Gasoline (one of the best songs I have ever heard in my puff) to the sublime level of the godly. Essential.