Valley’s Eve

Valley’s Eve have released an incredible album “Deception of Pain”, and once again, confirmed the good and the hard work they have been doing all those years. I think, it’s about time to become more known in the metal scene. R. D. Liapakis, who is the singer and the mastermind of the band, contacted us and told us many interesting things. The phone rings and...
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L: Good morning my friend. I’m Dimitris from Valley’s Eve.
 
 
Hi Dimitris, how are you?
 
L: Fine Thanos. The weather here is very bad; it’s raining all the time. What’s the weather like there? 
 
 
It’s very nice and sunny. I think the summer is about to begin. Well, we finally managed to do this interview.
 
L: Yeah, we finally made it! Well your webzine is very good… 
 
 
Thx. Have you checked it out?
 
 
L: Yes, but when did you start that webzine? 
 
 
At the beginning of this year and last month we finally moved to our new URL.
 
L: Yes, and I think that some of you are playing music… do you have a band too?
 
 
Well, I used to be in one and I’m still playing with some guys once in a while but you know the situation here in Greece with the bands… it is very complicated…
 
L: I know. That’s one thing I have said many times before and to other magazines too, I mean about Greek bands. They are always complaining; no one is paying attention to them and they don’t manage to make a good deal with a good record company, just like Rotting Christ, and I always say this is something very difficult to achieve and the members of the band must be very close to each other, not separated. Then, they will be successful. 
 
 
Yes I understand…
 
L: As you know I grew up in Greece and, I’ve been dealing with metal music and the Greek metal scene since I was a little boy about 6 or 7 years old; things are still the same or it’s better to say that steps have made backwards, in comparison to other countries. If you listen to demos from German bands you will be surprised with the production. Everything is so fine. Record companies here can take a band more easily and promote it. This is something that record companies are looking for nowadays, they say if we sign a newcomer band unknown to people, we must spend about 60.000€ to make the whole album, the productions etc. so if the band sells about 2000-3000 copies of their album we then lose much money. But if the band has already got the production of their album, it costs less to the record company and they can offer more money to promote or advertise the band to people and they may sell more copies of the album. 
 
 
But does the band take back the money they have spent for the production of the album, from the record company?
 
L: Yes, of course. Take my band as an example. When we recorded our first album we paid for the album’s production. Afterwards, when we signed the contract, the Label’s people gave us the money we’d spent back.
 
 
To be honest I think that here in Greece they “like” this situation, and I don’t think that we have the appropriate people to help us made a good production and…
 
L: That’s right, but on the other hand they do nothing to change this situation Thanos! 
 
 
I know, they have found the easy solution …they yell about those things and then do nothing…
 
L: Yeah, that’s exactly what I told your counterpart in the Greek magazine, that the Greeks are still tied to their mothers’ apron strings and this is very bad. I’m 100% Greek and I love my country very much; I always wanted to take a Greek band and help the guys become more known in Europe. I managed to help “Brainfade” once and put them on the promo cd that a German magazine releases but unfortunately nothing happened. They had all the time to get prepared and make a good impression to the Germans but they weren’t well organized and that’s something the German people are paying a lot intention to. There so many bands that when they sign on a label they say, we do nothing now on… the label will do everything for us… 
 
 
Yes, they think that others will do everything for them…
 
L: …And that’s a great mistake. Yes, you’re right. Just let me tell you that the tour we are going to have this October, with “Powergod” and “Chinchilla” was organized by us. Maybe, we will come to Greece but nothing is sure! The Label thinks that if you’re a professional musician then you must do many things on your own as well. In Greece, many people said a lot of bad things and they tried to diminish my band and other bands in which Greek musicians are playing; this is something I really hate. They must be proud that we managed to achieve so many things on our own and we made our country more known in Europe. Instead of this… they are against us. 
 
 
Unfortunately, my friend, shit happens.
 
L: Yes, and this is very sad. Many people are trying to hit us in every possible way but they won’t achieve that… 
 
 
Are those people from Greece?
 
L: Yes…
 
 
I really can’t understand why. Personally, I was surprised with your new album. I think it’s great.
 
L: We are a band that is developing from time to time. Just think that in our first album we played progressive metal, with many power metal elements especially in the guitar riffing and…
 
 
I don’t think you have lost that progressive feeling at all…
 
L: That’s right. We are a band that changes with every new album, but we never lose the bond we have as a band! I believe that if a band plays the same things in every album it becomes obsolete and…
 
 
…they become boring.
 
L: I think that every band nowadays has to make progress with every new release. Without making progress you can’t achieve anything! (i.n.: At this point the discussion changes subject and we talk about many things that I can’t really publish…)
 
 
It’s good for a band to progress but nowadays many people copy what other bands have made and they call it progress.
 
L: Yes. You’re right. Some bands don’t play heavily anymore and they call mainstream music progress but we become heavier with every new album! Right now, I’m in the studio…
 
 
So soon…
 
L: Yeah, we’re currently recording the new Mystic Prophecy’s album and I’m telling you it’s gonna be really heavy and brutal, my friend!
 
 
Compared to your previous album, will there be a lot of differences in the new one?
 
L: It will be in the same style with the previous one, but this time it will be a speedier & heavier album! When you listen to it, you’ll understand that the band have made some big progress compared to the first album.
 
 
So, do you prefer the new album most? I think this is very logical.
 
L: The new album will be much better than the first one.
 
 
Then I think it is going to be incredible! Cause I like your previous work very much.
 
L: Yes I agree that the first album was very good but -you may not believe me-, when you listen to the new one, it you will be surprised by the heavy riffing! All the guitar riffs are incredible!
 
 
The guitar player is Gus G. (Dream Evil, Firewind and Nightrage)…
 
L: Yeah, this time Gus and I worked together. I went to Thessalonica for about 5 days and then he came to Germany for 5 days and we finished all the songs. The album will have 11 songs, it will last about 52 minutes and the music will be speed-power.
 
 
And when is it going to be released?
 
L: In October or November.
 
 
Well I’m looking forward to listening to this album.
 
L: Many good Labels want to release this album. For example, Century Media, Nuclear Blast and Massacre. But we’re discussing the terms of the contract right now.
 
 
I know that it is really hard to make a contract with those Labels cause they’re always trying to take advantage of you.
 
L: Well, I must agree with you, that’s the whole story with the big (and not only) Labels.
 
 
How’s the metal market in Germany?
 
L: It’s really bad. Many bands which don’t deserve it have a contract and out of the 10 albums, which are being released, every week, 9 of them are just bad copies of Hammerfall, Iced Earth and Stratovarius! Just think that the metal music was covering 65% of the music market in Germany in 1986 and nowadays it only covers 5% of the whole market! People are afraid to buy a newcomer band cause 9 out of 10 releases are shit! Also, the prices of the CDs are very high.
 
R.D. Liapakis pic

I don’t know how much CDs are sold in Germany but here in Greece a simple cd costs almost 20€!
 
L: 20€?!! It costs about 15-16€ in Germany. And just think that the Germans’ salaries are almost twice as big as the Greeks’ salaries! And the other thing is that a heavy metal band such as “Dio” used to sell about 5.000.000 albums in 1986 and nowadays the whole elite of heavy metal music can’t reach that numbers! Also, in the 80’s, a newcomer band like Forbidden and Exodus used to sell about 400.000 copies and nowadays a band like Hammerfall that sells about 150.000 copies of their album is considered to be one of the top bands in heavy metal. Just think how things have changed! If this situation continues for 5 more years metal music may die just like punk music did 20-25 years ago.
 
 
But I think that metal music will never die, cause the fans of this music are going to keep it alive.
 
L: Yes, that’s right but it’s really hard to advertise metal music if you consider the fact that only a few bands are releasing a video-clip. The market is so limited. And the radio does not support metal bands cause they don’t sell many albums. My opinion is that if metal music wants to be part of the whole business, record companies must do something. Cause till now, all Labels only support the “big” bands and for the good newcomer bands they don’t give a shit, they only take advantage of them. But when one day the “big” bands stop existing, that music style may die. If they don’t support the underground scene, by signing 10-15 bands from the underground scene every year, thing that can keep the metal flame alive, then unfortunately we’re coming too close to an end!
 
 
But are the Labels the only ones to blame…?
 
L: Sure not, but the Labels don’t earn as much as many people think. In a few years we’re gonna have companies’ merger that’s sure! And let me tell you that some big Labels are telling the bands that if they don’t sell almost 20.000 copies, they will be out then! And I wonder … how is this possible?! How? When almost all the Labels release so many shitty albums every month! And try to think how many bands are changing their style and play softer music. Valley’s Eve will play even harder cause we feel better in this way. In the 80’s, metal music was really heavy and in our days many bands are becoming sissies! Why?
 
 
Maybe they want to approach some other audience except for the metal one and have a chance to be on the radio.
 
L: I know, they don’t even play ballads and you know that metal music has the greatest ballads! Those people prefer playing Michael Jackson on the radio again and again rather than a metal band!
 
 
Let’s change the subject now. I like your vocals in this album very much and especially in the song “Dark Room” with the narration in Greek. It’s one of my favorite songs!
 
L: Yes. I can tell that this song is the best of the album. It’s a very sentimental and depressing song! The guys in the band say exactly the same thing.
 
 
I guess the idea to put Greek words at end of the song was yours.
 
L: Yes. Generally, I wrote the lyrics and most of the songs. And I must tell you that I really love my country and I’m very proud of this! At this point, I have to add that as a musician and a lyric writer I’m pessimistic. I don’t write any happy music or lyrics. I like the country where I stay and I feel ok but my soul and my heart are somewhere else!
 
 
What was the reaction from the other members of the band concerning the Greek narration in the song?
 
L: They agreed. They love this song and they are very satisfied with the final result.
 
 
Can you say a few things about the lyrics of the album and explain us the title of the album too?
 
L: Sure, this is a concept album and the story is about people that tried to commit suicide and they didn’t succeed. That’s why they are talking to a psychologist (I’m the psychologist) about the pain they felt before the suicide mania took them over! There are many people talking but all of them end up with the same view!  This story is true… one friend of mine, who had this problem, told me those things!
 
 
The production of the album is very powerful & good and somehow it reminds me of the productions that were made in the 80’s.
 
L: Yes I think alike. The production is very good and it is a reminiscent of the productions of the 80’s, but when you put the album on your stereo it will blow your stereo out! I like having that 80’s sound with a modern production, which will hold your attention.     
 
 
Tell me, how did you get your name? Who had the idea?
 
L: Our first guitar player found the name and baptized the band. Valley’s Eve is the special time of the morning when the first rays of the sun are rising in the valley.
 
 
Have most of your dreams been fulfilled with Valley’s Eve? What more do you expect to get?
 
L: Yes, my dreams have been fulfilled and I’m very happy and proud cause I create good music and I release very good albums with my band. Also, we’re progressing with every album we made. I’m very happy with my life.
 
 
Well, let me ask you something else now, how were the things with “Sarissa”? What happened and you didn’t manage to sing in their album?
 
L: The whole thing with the guys from “Sarissa” was very good but I have to say that the members of this band had to be more professional and more active. One other thing is that they should have recorded their album in Germany, not in Greece. That’s the reason why I didn’t sing in the album. At this point, I must say that I like this album very much.
 
 
And now we go on with the “Weird Questions”!!!… Can you remember an album that you have bought and when you heard it you wished you had never bought it and you wanted to play Frisbee with it? Why?
 
L: Too many to mention! Many people will be mad at me but I will say it anyway! The new albums of Rage, Running Wild and Blind Guardian, weren’t good. To tell you the truth, I didn’t like them at all. (i.n.: At this point I have to add that Dimitris asked me to write that he really loves the bands above and, as a fan, he was really disappointed and he does not mean to lessen their works. He only speaks as a fan.)
 
 
By the way, tell me a few albums that you like very much.
 
L: Ahh… too many to mention my friend! Anyway… some of them are: Heir Apparent – “Graceful Inheritance”, that’s an incredible album. Omen – “Battle Cry”, a heavy epic album. Sanctuary’s two albums (“Into the Mirror Black” and “Refuge Denied”). Those albums are really masterpieces!
 
 
Well thx for your time Dimitris. The last words of this interview belong to you.
 
L: Thank you for this interview very much Thanos. Your work in this webzine is very good. It’s wonderful that you like our work and you support our band. We’ll talk soon my friend. See you In Greece. If you want further information about Valley’s Eve visit our official website: www.valleyseve.de.

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