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Valley's Eve - Deception of Pain - Limb Music 2002 reviewed by: Chaoslord

Track Listing
1.FIRE BURNS
2.POINT OF NO RETURN
3.SUN
4.IN YOUR HEAD
5.MIRROR IN YOUR EYES
6.KINGDOM OF PAIN
7.DARK ROOM
8.CREATING GODS
9.FALLING
10.OPEN THE GATES
11.DARK SHADOWS ON THE WALL
12.UNHOLY POWER
13.SHADOWS OF MISERY
Well, once again I have been pleasantly surprised by something I have had recommended to me. EC recommended this CD to me and I must thank him first before I rave about this CD.

Anyways, this CD is just awesome all the way through. It's power metal but very aggressive. Lead singer Robert Dmitri Liapakis has a voice that can either wail his balls off or just kind of serenade you. Some of the riffs throughout the CD are very Maiden-esque and make your head bob back and forth constantly. Like so many power metal bands do, this album is a concept album, however, it is not a typical power metal album dealing with slaying dragons, fighting wizards, etc. It deals with suicide.

Unlike some power metal bands however, there is not an incredible overdose of keyboards on the album. They are scattered throughout the album and when used add a very atmospheric and eerie vibe to the music. The production on the CD is very crisp and very well done. The lead singer produced the CD and the mix comes out fantastic. For those of you looking for someone to compare them too, I would say it's Queensryche's music mixed with a Dream Evil style of singing. Any fan of power metal should go check out this CD.

--Chaoslord 7.7.03
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Deception of PainValley's Eve
2002
Frank Hill8/16/2004
Deception of PainValley's Eve
2002
Greg Watson7/7/2003


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