Tim Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Mask, Royal Hunt)
Elisa C. Martin (Hamka, ex-Dark Moor, ex-Fairyland)
Artur Almeida (Attick Demons)
George Tsalikis (Zandelle)
John Yelland (Disforia, Judicator)
Simon Byron (ex-Crystal Empire, Sunset)
Ross the Boss (ex-Manowar, DeathDealer)
Robb Weir (Tygers of Pan Tang)
Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer)
Gard Austrheim (My Decending Ark, ex-Fatty Sunroad)
Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian)
Mike LePond (Symphony X)
Anniken Rasmussen (Darkest Sins)
I am the composer and main man behind "The Legend of Valley Doom. Born 14th of July 1988 in Molde, Norway. Began to play guitar at the age of 15, and started singing two years later because I couldn´t find a vocalist for my band. Over the years I have been in several bands. The most successful bands being Pure Faen (2007-2010) and Darkest Sins (2009-present). "The Legend of Valley Doom" has been my side project since 2005, and I´ve always wanted to do something more with it. It´s been a on and off project with a lot of different people, Nocturnal Illusion being one of the more serious attempts. The band recorded six demo songs in 2009. The second serious attempt was with my little brother, Peter Danielsen, who played drums on four demo songs and also helped writing some of them in 2010. Most of these songs will be used and re-written for the upcoming albums.
I present to you the final character in "The Legend of Valley Doom Part 1". Edu Falaschi has been a very big inspiration to me as a vocalist. I first heard his voice in Angra when they covered "The Number of the Beast". I was blown away by this band. Soon I found the album "Rebirth", which still remains one of my favorites. The song "Nova Era" is my favorite Angra song ever. His current band is Almah, and it kicks so much ass. Check it out! To have Edu sing one of my songs will be amazing!
Tim Ripper Owens
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.
Yngwie Malmsteen - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget
Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
Royal Hunt - The Well
Photo by Alex Solca
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
Sunset feat Graham Bonnet - Lunghezza d'Onda
Power Quest - Temple of Fire
Power Quest - Cemetery Gates
A New Tomorrow - Brighter Than The Sun
LIKE his new band "A New Tomorrow"
For the outro track for Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom Part 1 I wanted to do something atmospheric that can describe the feelings of the people of Valley Doom. I also wanted this track to represent Norway in some way, musically. So I decided to contact Kai Somby from the fantastic Sami band Intrigue. I have been a fan of this band for many, many years, and Kai is a great guy and an awesome singer. He will add traditional joik and throat singing to the outro. I think it will be amazing and unique!
Intrigue - Heavy Joik
Intrigue – Engel
Mikael Holst will do a Metal duet with me on the song "Haunting My Dreams". He is the singer of the band Timeless Miracle. They released an album in 2005. I found this album last year, and it became an instant favorite. The song "Curse of the Werewolf" is really one of the best Power Metal songs ever written. You must check out their album "Into the Enchanted Chamber". And the good news is, they are actually working on a new album! 10 years later and they are back!
ShadowStrike - Gales Of Winter
Valley Doom Crew
Peter Danielsen - Synth
Peter is my little brother. We have been working together since he was eight years old.
Born 28th of February 1995 in Molde, Norway. He is a multi instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, drums and sings.
He does a great job in Darkest Sins by making the music more epic, and he also has his own band called Eunomia where he plays the guitar and sings lead vocals.
Esa Ahonen - Guitar
To have Esa Ahonen on board for this project is a dream come true for me. He plays guitar in the Swedish Power Metal band Cryonic Temple, a band I have loved for many years, and his music has inspired my own songwriting. Looking forward to work with this guy!
Anniken "Nikki Pink" Rasmussen - Bass
Anniken is my one and only. I love her. Born 9th of July 1984 in Ålesund, Norway. Me and Anniken founded Darkest Sins in December 2009. In 2010 I bought her a bass and told her to learn to play it. The same year we got a drummer and started recording demos, and in 2011 we got the first line-up established. The same year Darkest Sins toured Norway. She´s a fast learner. She had never touched a bass guitar, and toured the whole country one year later. That´s awesome!
Ludvig Pedersen - Drums
Ludvig is the drummer of Darkest Sins. Born 4th of July 1986. He is a really creative soul with a lot of music in him. He always comes with great little details that benefits the songs in Darkest Sins. His progressive style of playing makes me struggle to become a better guitar player. Which is great!
Timo Tolkki - Guitar
The God of Power Metal himself is checking in to the land of Valley Doom. Timo Tolkki is one of the most influential guitarists/songwriters in the world of Power Metal. The band Stratovarius had a huge impact on me musically. I can't count all the times I have listened to the track "Fantasia" from the amazing album "Elements Pt. 1"! His solo album "The Land of New Hope" from last year became an instant classic and stands as one of my favorite albums ever.
Chris Caffery - Guitar
Chris is from the great bands Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He did an amazing solo for the song "The Fallen Heroes of Our Land". Savatage was one of the first Metal bands I ever heard when I was young and watching VH1 Rocks one glorious friday night! So this is pretty awesome! And that song "Wizards In the Winter" from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It is so epic, and there's never a Christmas without it :)
Robb Weir - Guitar
In the late 70s my favorite genre of all time was born. NWOBHM, or New Wave of British Heavy Metal. I am proud to announce that the guitarist Robb Weir from the classic band Tygers of Pan Tang will do a guitar solo for the upcoming album. If it hadn't been for bands such as Tygers of Pan Tang, Heavy Metal would not sound like what it does today. We would never have bands such as Metallica who started their career covering Tygers of Pan Tang and other NWOBHM bands! It really is a true honour to have such an influential band represented on my Metal Opera! And the best thing is that this band is still active and rocking. They released a very cool album called "Ambush" in 2012.
The amazing Ross the Boss will play a guitar solo on the upcoming album Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom Part 1! He is one of my all time favorite guitar players, and has been a big influence on my own playing. This is beyond epic! He played on all the great 80s Manowar albums and has done some very awesome solo albums aswell! It is a big honour to have him on board
Manowar - Kings of Metal
Manowar - Battle Hymn
Ross the Boss - Blood of Knives
DeathDealer - Hammer Down
Alex Holzwarth - Drums
I was lucky to hire a fantastic drummer as a replacement for Ramy Ali. The man has played drums on some of the greatest albums ever released. Avantasia, Angra, Timo Tolkki’s Avalon etc. He is most known for being the drummer in Rhapsody of Fire. I am of course talking about the amazing and legendary Alex Holzwarth!
Tobi Kersting - Guitar
Guitarist from the amazing Power Metal band Orden Ogan. When I first heard their music I was blown away by their big and epic sound. Tobi will deliver a facemelting solo on the song "Haunting My Dreams". Check out Orden Ogan now!
Vision Divine - Mermaids From Their Moons
Etherna - A Colour In The Rainbow
Olivier Lapauze - Guitar
Olivier plays guitar in Heavenly. This band is one of the most unique Power Metal bands out there. They have managed to create a signature sound by mixing Queen, big choirs and Power Metal. I was blown away the first time I heard this band.
Heavenly - Ode To Joy
Another lead guitarist just arrived to Valley Doom. The mighty Alex TheKing Mele from the Italian Power Metal band KALEDON. This band delivered one of my favorite albums last year, and it is awesome to have this man on my upcoming Metal Opera!
Check out Kaledon!
Kaledon - The Calm Before the Storm:
Kaledon - A Dark Prison:
Ignacio Lopez - Bass
This one has been a long time coming. I got to know this guy 10 years ago when he played in Lord Kraven. We have stayed in touch since, and I finally got to meet him at Wacken last year. He now plays in the fantastic band SKILTRON and is doing great! He will play bass on a track for the upcoming "The Legend of Valley Doom Part 1"!
Skiltron - Lion Rampant
Barend Courbois - Bass
Here's a great Power Metal bassist for you. The mighty Barend Courbois is the bassist of legendary Blind Guardian. He also plays bass in the Wolfpakk Project. I really loved the new Blind Guardian album, and I think he will do a great job on my album aswell!
Blind Guardian - Twilight of the Gods
Gard Austrheim - Guitar
Gard Eirik Austrheim is a great guy and a great guitarplayer that I got to know when I studied in Volda. His playing is very blues influenced, and I am looking forward to hear his solo on the song "Lost In A Dream"!
Kristian Tjelle - Canon Rock
Kristian Tjelle - Freebird
Marco Wriedt - Guitarist
Marco Wriedt is the guitarist of the bands Axxis and 21Octayne. The first time I saw Helloween live was in 2007. There was a band called Axxis as on the bill aswell. I had never heard of this band before, and I was blown away. The band was fantastic, and I bought their new album "Doom of Destiny" the next day. Now, 8 years later Axxis still have a special place in my heart. They are one of the greatest Power Metal bands out there! Give Marco Wriedt a warm welcome to the Valley Doomian family!
Axxis - Venom
Axxis - Doom of Destiny
I recieved a guitar solo so epic it must have been forged with the Power of the Ancient Force. The whispering winds told me that it was recorded in the Forest of Destiny. Some say that the Enchanted Dragon of Wisdom witnessed it all one cold Eternal Winter night. I opened up the Gates of Glory and downloaded this face-melting solo. Thunder and rain came crashing down as the solo finally arrived to my hardrive. I imported it into my project and there it shined with all its glory. Life was good! The final guest is Felipe from the fantastic band Twilight Force. This band delivered my number 1 album for 2014. All hail Twilight Force and Felipe!
Twilight Force – The Power of the Ancient Force (Live)
Twilight Force – Enchanted Dragon of Wisdom