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On disc: Valley's Eve



- Prodigia - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars
- The Atmosphere Of Silence - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars
- Deception Of Pain - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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Deception Of Pain

Deception Of Pain
(InsideOut Music - 2002)


It's been awhile since I last heard about the German band Valley's Eve and so I was surprised to see that there is a new album out!
And I have to say after the first spin that this album is way better than their last release!!! Just listen to tracks like Point Of No Return which is an excellent example for the progress this band made compared to their last release. The album deals with a serious topic it tells about the situations where someone thinks about committing suicide. On Deception Of Pain the band left the progressive parts more and more behind and offers pure power metal!
The German quartet did well to take time since the last release and not to try to get another album out within one year. They sound more mature and the new songs are much stronger. You believe singer R.D. Liapakis that he suffers from the pain and thinks about suicide. He sings very powerful, but emotional at the some time. The power ballad Mirror In Your Eyes shows this weaker side of mankind very well and the band decided not to get bombastic, therefore there are very powerful parts with great guitar riffing. Not the usual ballad you might expect, but well done with the tempi changes.
With this album the German band can compete with every international act and with a good tour to follow they can make their way. Definitely an album which I can recommend to any fan of power metal! Check this one out!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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The Atmosphere Of Silence

The Atmosphere Of Silence
(B.Mind Rec. - 1999)


With The Atmosphere Of Silence the German youngsters offer the metal community their second album. They sound harder, but still melodic! Perhaps the new rhythm section gave the band a harder sound. Anyway, they present 11 songs of melodic, progressive power metal and again it's interesting to listen to R.D. Liapakis words. They start with a song called Religion - War which is about religious wars..... Jihad! Or he's singing about The last Breath, a vision of dying...... No easy listening stuff! But worth spending time to listen to it! With their second release the five-piece from Southern Germany made a step forward. The debut showed their more progressive side, this is more powerful: Mario Cavasin's guitar build a counterpart with it's aggressive style to the very melodic words of Roberto Dimitri Liapakis. The youngsters are now signed to B.Mind Records, a small label which prefers to sign just a few acts and give them a good support instead of signing numerous bands and do nothing! With B.Mind Records the band will have the chance to tour again (they toured with Rage in Germany) and present their music to the metal community. Valley's Eve is on their way, if this way will lead them to the top..... None can answer this question at the moment, but they have a very good chance to make it......


6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Prodigia

Prodigia
(Miez Records - 1996)


On Prodigia the five-piece offers nearly 70 min. of melodic progressive metal. Perhaps a few of you wonder why I say progressive, but I think to using a saxophone in metal is progressive! All 13 songs are more than 4 min. long, but even on their debut the band of singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis offers a variety which make it an very interesting album. Sure, there are parts which probably could have been done different, but this is a strong debut! And a good basis to start with. Unfortunately the band was signed to a label which hasn't the possibility to support the band. Lyrically Valley's Eve are not telling about daily life or perhaps for some of us it's daily life.... Self Proclaimed Messiah is about wars the governments start and the people involved and we as viewers didn't know why, but again and again it starts... We are shocked by the pictures we see, but we didn't change it. A very ambitious album that's why I review a release from 1998!


6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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