I discovered Simon's amazing voice in 2005 when his band Crystal Empire released their EP "Lord of Illusions". I was blown away by this EP, and it still remains one of my favorite releases ever. To have both the bassist Giorgio Novarino and Simon Byron from Crystal Empire on my upcoming album is very cool. Almost like a Crystal Empire reunion! ;)
In 2009 he was a guest vocalist for a demo EP for this project, where he sang the song "Lost In A Dream of No Return"! His current band is a heavy rock band called Sunset where he has been working with artists such as Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG) and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson).
Sunset - In Alto Le Mani
Crystal Empire - Lord of Illusions
23.01.2014 - Tim Ripper Owens - Vocalist!
I am very proud to announce another vocalist for this project. One of the best metal screamers in the world, mr Tim Ripper Owens! He's known for replacing Rob Halford in Judas Priest. He recorded two albums with them. The movie "Rock Star" was loosely based on Owen's career. He also sang in Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. He's now doing a solo career.
31.12.13 - John Yelland - Vocalist
New vocalist on Valley Doom. He's from the great American metal bands Disforia and Judicator He's been making good progress with his band, and hopes to get both of his bands signed someday. Check them out here:
Disforia - Our Time Defined
I am pleased to announce that Mark Boals will be singing on another track aswell. The opening track of the album. This will be a "duet" with Mark Boals and Artur Almeida from the band Attick Demons! It will be epic!
Check the Demo teaser of the song "Raise Your Shields" sung by Mark Boals HERE!
04.09.13 - New Guest Vocalist - Elisa C. Martin
Elisa C. Martin is a Spanish Power Metal vocalist known from bands such as Dark Moor, Fairyland and Dreamaker. She was the vocalist in the band Dark Moor from 1999 to 2003. She´s also singing on my favorite Fairyland-album, called "Of Wars In Osyhria". Her current band is Hamka, check it out!
Fairyland - Fight For Your King
Dark Moor - Halloween (Helloween cover)
Hamka - Seventh Sea´s Sky
02.09.13 Mark Boals - Vocalist
Mark Boals is a great vocalist from America. May be best known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, but I really love his later work aswell. I love his work on Iron Mask, Royal Hunt and Magnus Karlsson's Freefall to mention a few. His voice is amazing, and I am really glad to have him on board. He is not just amazing, he is the voice of the Dark Lord in "The Legend of Valley Doom"!
Yngwie Malmsteen - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget
Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
Royal Hunt - The Well
Photo by Alex Solca
18.08.13 New Guest Vocalist - Artur Almeida
I am proud to announce that Artur Almeida of the band Attick Demons will be joining the Legend of Valley Doom. He has an amazing voice. I was in total shock the first time I heard it a couple of years ago. Check it out yourself to believe it!
Attick Demons - The Flame of Eternal Knowledge
Attick Demons - City of Golden Gates
12.08.13 Artwork revealed!
So here it is. The awesome artwork done by Rob Joseph!
Here you see the Warrior King in battle against the evil forces led by the Dark Lord. As you see, the Warrior King is a bad ass, but will he lead Valley Doom into victory? We will know when we start recording this Epic Battle Metal Opera! Keep yourself updated on my Facebook page!
Until next time, thank you very much for your support!
Hail to Valley Doom!
Sincerly, Marius Danielsen
29.07.13 - Guest Bassist - Giorgio Novarino
Giorgio Novarino is a bassist I've admired for many years. He played bass in the band Crystal Empire, which still remains one of my favorite bands to this day. Their EP from 2005 is a masterpiece. After Crystal Empire, Nicogio joined the another great power metal band called Bejelit. He left the band in 2012.
To have this guy on board for the Valley Doom project is going to be great!
26.06.2013 - Guest Guitarist - Kristian Tjelle
Kristian Tjelle is one of the most awesome guitarists I´ve ever worked with. I´m glad to have him onboard for this Epic Metal Opera! He played guitar in our band Nocturnal Illusion. We recorded six demos for "The Legend of Valley Doom" in 2009. This is kind of a "reunion", hehe!
Kristian Tjelle - Canon Rock
Kristian Tjelle - Freebird
After 8 years I have decided to finish the work on The Legend of Valley Doom. It's been a project I've always wanted to record professionally, and now the time has come. I am currently working on re-recording demos, which includes re-arranging the songs and re-writing some of the lyrics. I want to write the lyrics so it can fit different characters. Which means that this album will include guest vocalists and other guest musicians. Right now I have the Warrior King, The King of Valley Doom, The Wizard and The Dark Lord, but I believe there will be more characters when this thing is finished. I've been in contact with some great people already. I have teamed up with my brother, Peter Danielsen (Eunomia, Darkest Sins on synth, the great swedish guitarist Esa Ahonen (Cryonic Temple), my one and only Anniken Rasmussen on bass (Darkest Sins) and the awesome Ludvig Pedersen (Darkest Sins) on drums. I also got two great sketches for the album artwork by Rob Joseph. They were so great I couldn't decide which one to use. Therefore I want to use them both. In other words, there will be TWO albums! The Legend of Valley Doom Part 1 & 2. You can see a little teaser of the artwork in this banner.
More news on guest musicians and other stuff later.