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Review: Marius Danielsens - Legend of Valley Doom
Marius Danielsens
Legend of Valley Doom

Label: Crime Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 1:04:45
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 29, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Legend of Valley Doom

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

All-star Metal projects seem to be kind of popular since the days of Hear 'n Aid project in 1985, when many famous Metal musicians and singers gathered together to raise money for famine relief in Africa. It was all done for charity, which was very cool, of course. Since those days, many of these all-stars Metal projects have come and gone, but none of them have been for collecting money for a good cause.

Tobias Sammett's Avantasia is perhaps the best known all-star combo of them all, all of his albums featuring many famous and known musicians from all over the planet. Now there's also a Norwegian musician named Marius Danielsen, who's mainly known for his Heavy Metal band Darkest Sins. He and his brother Peter Danielsen created a fantasy concept called Legend of Valley Doom. The whole project was in the making 10 years, but I guess it was all worth it. What do you think of this list of high profile musicians involved with this project: Vocalists on Legend of Valley Doom are Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins) Edu Falaschi (ex-Angra, Almah) Tim Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Mask, Royal Hunt) Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland) Elisa C. Martin (Hamka, ex-Dark Moor, ex-Fairyland) Alessio Garavello (ex-Power Quest, A New Tomorrow) Kai Somby (Intrigue) Artur Almeida (Attick Demons) George Tsalikis (Zandelle) John Yelland (Disforia, Judicator) Simon Byron (ex-Crystal Empire, Sunset) Mikael Holst (Timeless Miracle) - and guitarists: Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius, Avalon) Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) Ross the Boss (ex-Manowar, Death Dealer) Robb Weir (Tygers of Pan Tang) Tobi Kersting (Orden Ogan) Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer) Marco Wriedt (Axxis, 21Octayne) Olivier Lapauze (Heavenly) Felipe (Twilight Force) Alex TheKing Mele (Kaledon) Esa Ahonen (Cryonic Temple) Kristian Tjelle (ex-Nocturnal Illusion) Gard Austrheim (My Decending Ark, ex-Fatty Sunroad) Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins) Sigurd Kårstad (Darkest Sins) - synth players: Peter Danielsen (Eunomia, Darkest Sins) Alessio Lucatti (Vision Divine, Etherna) - and bassists: Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) Mike LePond (Symphony X) Anniken Rasmussen (Darkest Sins) Ignacio Lopez (Skiltron) Giorgio Novarino (ex-Crystal Empire, ex-Bejelit) Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins) - and last but not least drummers: Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire) Ludvig Pedersen (Darkest Sins).

Now that's a pretty darn impressive list of guest musicians, isn't it? However, it's still the music itself that counts more than anything else. If it sucks, then why even bother, right? In Marius Danielsen's case, fear not for all's good in this ambitious entity. Legend of Valley Doom introduces the kind of all-star Metal Opera that is at least as well-thought-out and entertaining as any Avantasia album. Then again, how can you go wrong with such a talented and experienced bunch of musicians? Well, of course, you can if all is destined to go wrong, but fortunately under Marius' visionary leadership, he and Peter have managed to keep all the strings well together through the whole journey of the making of this record. Call this Power Metal, or Epic Metal – or pure Metal Opera – whatever really, Legend of Valley Doom is a somewhat successfully made, tasteful package of subgenres of Heavy Metal, carried out by truly talented and gifted musicians. The title track, "The Legend of Valley Doom", lasting well over 14 minutes, is pretty much a pure work of genius when talking about catchy, made-for-humming type of pompous Metal music, not really outshining the rest of the songs on this record but managing to stick out by its own merits.

Sure thing, this type of stuff has been made before, but when something sticks to your ear positively, you have to respect the efforts that make your music sound good, right? Thumbs up to Marius and Peter for making this somehow crazy yet megalomaniac project come true.

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Review: Legend of Valley Doom Part 2 (reviewed by Bruno Medeiros)
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