Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? My name is Marius Danielsen, and I am a Norwegian singer, guitarist and composer. Together with my brother Peter Danielsen we have created the worlds of Valley Doom and Eunomia. We have just created a band for this project, and the other members so far are Sigurd Kårstad, Børre Lervåg Dalhaug and Bjørn Helge Lervåg. The album line-up is different. That takes two pages to add, haha. What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Legend of Valley Doom was a song I wrote in 2005 when I dreamed about making my own fantasy universe like Tolkien had done. I started imagining all kinds of stuff for that world. Valley Doom just popped into my head one day all those years ago, and I started working from there. Where and how was the band founded? It started with that one song in 2005. But I never found a band to play that kind of music. In 2009 I had a band called Nocturnal Illusion. We demoed 6 songs for the concept, but then it just didn’t go anywhere. So I put it on ice and started Darkest Sins instead. It wasn’t before 2013 that I decided to do something properly with this idea I had from 2005. Have you played in other bands before? Many bands. I had a band called Heavy Snowfall in 2003. Then a bunch of random bands that didn’t go anywhere. I was in a black metal band called Diabolium. But, being the only guy with a Maiden t-shirt and a BLUE!! guitar, that didn’t last long, hahah. I then started a punk band called Pure Faen. Working on some „new“ stuff there that is actually 8 year old un- released songs, hehe! We are recording them now. Darkest Sins is my main band. And I also play in Eunomia and a family band called Blodhevn. Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band ( no guest )? Yes. I have tried to create a band for this project since Nocturnal Illusion died out in 2009 after our demo. Finally I have found some people who can do the material justice! I am looking forward to continue work with them and make this band ready for whatever gig offers may come. What does the band name mean? Marius Danielsen is my name, and the story is about a place I made up. And it is a legendary story, so Marius Danielsen’s Legend of Valley Doom. Hehe. The „doom“ part came because things ended so badly fort he people in the story in the first songs I made. What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them? I write all the lyrics, except for one song called „Princess Lariana’s Forest“ on Part 2. That one is done by my girlfriend Anniken Rasmussen. It is a continues story about what happens in Valley Doom and Eunomia and how they can get freedom and get rid of the evil Dark Lord. Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Iron Maiden is my favourite band and biggest inspiration, but a Metal Opera like this would not exist if it weren’t for Tobias Sammet. I love his work with Avantasia and Edguy. Other favourites are Helloween, Manowar, Ramones +++ If I were to describe my music to someone, I would say Iron Maiden with the orchestration and drumming from Rhapsody. I am not very neoclassical in my guitar style, so I lean more towards Iron Maiden. But with those Power Metal elements to make it more cinematic and epic. Why should people listen to our music? If they like to take their brain and ears on a journey to another world. A world of mighty warriors, magic, and the good vs. the evil, then my music is for you. There is too much shit going on in the real world, so I like to take my mind on a journey and let the fantasy run wild. Legend of Valley Doom Part 1 was released in 2015, how long did it take you to prepare? I wrote the first song in 2005, and it was finished in 2014. The last year before release was spent on waiting for guests to finish, the mixing and mastering and searching for a label to release it. On the album you have worked with twelve different vocalists. How hard was it to convince people of your plans? I believed very strongly about my project and I think I sold it pretty good to all the people who joined. Because they really loved the material and all my ambitions in making this the most epic project ever. I have so many crazy ideas on how to expand the universe of Valley Doom. I take the liberty out and question you only about the singers as I am a fan of singers and not so of the guitar players. I hope that's okay for you? Of course! I would like to ask you about the following vocalists about how you came in contact with them, how the collaboration was and how they are human as far as you can tell. At album one are Tim Owens, Edu Falashi, George Tsalikis and Elisa C Martin? With every singer, or guest in general, I either have to do LOTS of research in how to get in touch with them, or maybe I am lucky and they are available on Facebook etc. I have been networking with international musicians since I started playing in 2003, so I am beginning to know a few people. Most of the time I know someone who may know the persons I am trying to reach. That makes it easier. Sometimes I need to be Sherlock Holmes and sit for days, weeks, years to find a way to get in contact with a certain guest. Hehe! I love them all and they have been so supportive of my project! Today, three years later, how satisfied are you with the album and how proud are you of what you've done? I often read comments from YouTube, reviews, or interacting with fans on Facebook. And it seems like more and more know about the project now. That means a lot to me. I put my heart and soul into creating this thing, so I am extremely proud and have always delivered the best I can possibly do. The second part of Legend of Valley Doom will be released in november 2018. You only had about three years to prepare for the event. Was it easier to convince people of your idea? More people know of the project, so in that case it makes it a bit easier. Because I can show people that I actually deliver what I promise. To make the most epic project I can, hehe! Eighteen vocalists can be heard on the new album. some new ones have come and some are no longer there. Why is Falashi or Elisa no longer there? In Part 2 the people of Valley Doom flees to the land of Eunomia. Since Falaschi and Elisa where sorcerers helping with getting the Warrior King to Valley Doom in Part 1, their characters where not needed to tell the story of how they fled to Eunomia etc. Since they are left in the Chamber of Wisdom in the fallen city where the Dark Lord now rules. But their characters live on and I am not ruling out their comeback in Part 3 ;) The first thing I notice are two exceptional singers, Kiske and Bayley. How hard was it to win the two for your band? How was the cooperation and how are these two personally? I was very happy to get both of them on board. Some of my favourite singers. The hard part is when to present the material you want them to sing on. Will they like it, or hate it? Luckily, they liked it very much! And then there is schedule issues. I was very lucky to get in touch with Blaze just when he was in the studio recording is second concept album. So he could do my song at the same time. And the same with Kiske. I got in touch with him just a few months before they announced the Helloween reunion. A few months later and it would not have been possible at all because he is extremely busy now! Both of them seem like fantastic human beings =) The other vocalists I'm interested in are Daniel Heiman, Mathias Blad, Diego Valdez and Olaf Hayer? I worked with Daniel on the Ana Metal For Charity song, and said I really needed his voice for my other project (Legend). He loved the songs and wanted to join in. For Mathias Blad I wrote a song called “Tower of Knowledge” in 2010 with his voice in mind. I listened to Falconer daily in that period, and this song was inspired by their folky ballad side. 5 years later I presented the song to him, and he loved it. So that was awesome! The song “Crystal Mountains” could have been released on an 80s Black Sabbath/Dio album, so Diego Valdez was an obvious choice for such a tune. With Vinny Appice and Tracy G from Dio on the track as well, it really made the song very special. I was in touch with Olaf Hayer back in 2013, but then we suddenly lost contact. So I tried again in 2016 or 17, and we reconnected. I am very glad for that, because he made the song “Princess Lariana’s Forest” very epic! What do you expect from the new album? I hope it will bring in some gig offers! Who is designed for the successful cover and will there be a shirt for me shirt collectors? Dusan Markovic did the artwork for Part 2. Rob Joseph did Part 1. I hope to create some shirts soon, but I need to see how the sales go first. Because it is very expensive to pay everything myself. Would you agree with me if I say you are Tobias Sammet of Norway? That would be a huge compliment! Haha! Let's stay with Tobias Sammet for a moment. Could you imagine doing something together with him? That would be a dream come true. If I could get Tobias Sammet and Arjen Lucassen on Part 3 it would complete the circle for me in a way. It would be epic! Do we stay the same in the future I know your album is not yet old but it would interest me if there is maybe a third part with which musicians you would like to work together? Or are all your favorite musicians already on your albums? I have mentioned it already, that there will be a Part 3. I have some song ideas for it, but nothing recorded yet. I have worked almost every day since 2013 on this project, so I will at least take 1 month break until after Christmas to start think about it, haha. It has been intense leading up to this release. BUT, when the time comes, there are a few I want to work with. I mentioned Tobi and Arjen. But, Bruce Dickinson, Timo Kotipelto, Tony Kakko. There are many! The problem is getting in touch with them. So far it has been almost impossible! So, if you read this, contact me! Haha! I'm a fan of these we call them metal operas with many musicians. Like for example Avantasia or Soulspell from Brazil. What bothers me a bit or what I could imagine would be the courage to vote for others. I think it's a good idea to play a role with singers like Mille Petrozza, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher or Silenoz. Why do not you have such contrasts on your album? All are great vocalists, but it is not music I listen to much. From Dimmu Borgir I would choose Shagrath if I had the chance. I have also tried to get in touch with Satyr from Satyricon. But they have never replied back. I have one short moment of Black Metal inspiration ala Dimmu Borgir – Stormblåst/For All Tid type of guitar playing in one of the verses on “Princess Lariana’s Forest”. I am not ruling out using some black metal vocals on the next one. If I can get in touch with someone I am a big fan of. Such as Shagrath and Satyr. What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? Iron Maiden 2003. I had only heard Run To the Hills before going to the concert. When the “Clansman” banner appeared and Bruce started singing about William Wallace, and my favourite movie being “Braveheart”, I was blown away. It was amazing! Do you think about bringing the whole thing live on stage? And what would the spectator expect? Yes, if the offers are there for us. And people could expect some epic Norwegian Power Metal, hehe. Who would you like to play live with and why? For logistic reasons I am putting together a band in my hometown. Then I would invite several guest vocalists to join us if a good offer for a tour or just gigs where presented to me. With what do you earn your money except with the music? I work as an English, Music and Art teacher in elementary school. I am the coolest teacher at school. How important are social media for you as a band? It is the only way I can interact with fans, since we haven’t done it live yet. Very important to me! What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? A dream would be to do it live and have people show up to see us, haha. What do you think about the Norway metal scene in general? Pretty dead nowadays. All the venues around here has closed. Just big venues and very small ones left. Nothing in the middle for us up and coming bands. It is a bit sad. But there are many cool bands and projects lurking. So I am hoping for better times to come very soon! Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Not Power Metal, but Villrosa is a very interesting band. I think they will get far with the right people backing them up. And I must of course mention Darkest Sins and Eunomia! ;) PERSONAL QUESTIONS ! Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up on a tiny island called Bolsøya outside of Molde in Norway. There were only 37 students in the whole school from 1st to 7th. When I was in 5th grade, the 6th and 7th graders were in the same room and had the same teacher, haha! So, it was a very weird place to grow up, but also safe and good. The most weird thing is probably that I NEVER sang 1 word before I was 16 years old. I hated music class at school from 1st to 10th grade. It was a weird feeling hearing my singing voice for the first time ever in my life at the age of 16. How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown? I was the quiet guy who took all the crap from bullies. Maybe one of the reasons why I decided to make this Valley Doom project as epic as possible. To prove the mean people wrong. How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My father was a punk drummer and I found Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast and Powerslave in his vinyl collection. He was also the one who took me with him on that concert with Iron Maiden in 2003. My mother also used to clean the house while blasting Metallica and Guns N Roses on MTV in the 90s. In other words, they have been very supportive all my life. Would you be successful in making music as a musician? If it was up to me, yes. In album sales? Not in this lifetime. Let’s hope for a better world where people look at music like something that is worth something, and musicians can earn money for their hard work. One day Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I would much rather sit at home eating taco or pizza with my girlfriend and stepsong than being out. But, that also happens sometimes. But my body is built for relaxation, haha! Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I was a wrestler for many years, before the guitar took all my attention. Now I do my best to watch as little sport as possible. I have very little interest in it. The only time I watch football is when the team from my hometown Molde plays against the team from Ålesund where I live with my girlfriend. She loves Ålesund, and I love it when Molde beats them When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you? I can make bacalao, and I can warm a frozen pizza. I can even cook sausages in a water kettle. One of my old student tricks. Hahaha. But normally my girlfriend cooks, because then the food is amazing. What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues)? I think everyone have been very supportive and they are important to me. How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? People who feel the need to go and hate on random stuff can’t have a fantastic life. They are most likely lonely and bitter people. I don’t let their crap get near me. I always delete negative comments on my YouTube channel and on my Facebook pages. Some may think of it as censoring, but I just don’t want negative people in my life. As an admin of those pages, I just decided that they do not deserve any attention at all. Not by me or being read by others. What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse?
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