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Days of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera [Limited Edition Bonus DVD]
     

Days of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera [Limited Edition Bonus DVD]

by Aina
 
Sooner or later, it had to happen. Some group of heavy metal enthusiasts was bound to undertake the creation of a full-blown metal opera like Days of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera. Of course this being heavy metal -- a genre that takes itself far more seriously than other strains of popular music -- said group of musicians has sought to transcend the plane of

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Sooner or later, it had to happen. Some group of heavy metal enthusiasts was bound to undertake the creation of a full-blown metal opera like Days of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera. Of course this being heavy metal -- a genre that takes itself far more seriously than other strains of popular music -- said group of musicians has sought to transcend the plane of small-time symphonic orchestrations and obliterate the accepted limits of mere concept albums in one fell swoop. Thus was born the Aina project, which was commissioned by Holland's Transmission Records (an acknowledged stronghold of operatic metal), and is predominantly the work (or folly, depending on your viewpoint) of producer Sascha Paeth and multi-instrumentalist Robert Hunecke-Rizzo. Alongside keyboardist and arranger Miro and all-around goth-diva vocalist Amanda Somerville, theirs is a massive operation featuring an immense cast of hard rock and metal musicians performing bit parts. (The list goes on and on, but among the major luminaries are ex-Angra singer Andre Matos, one-time Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, Blackmore's Night siren Candice Night, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, Canadian glam rock chick Sass Jordan, and even Deep Purple legend Glenn Hughes.) And has the classical chamber septet on call, or the requisite boys' choir been mentioned? Like you didn't see that coming! Anyway, this small army has come together to flesh out the fantastical realm of Aina: a realm inhabited by great kings, evil princes, beautiful princesses, and symphonic power metal grandeur. Naturally, The Lord of the Rings is a major source of inspiration (right down to the invention of a rudimentary language), and melodic Euro-metal a dominating musical signature throughout; but even for cynics who prefer their metal without such Dungeons and Dragons or post-Helloween shenanigans, Days of Rising Doom is a remarkable achievement. What's more, Aina's 68 minutes and 15 tracks (highlights being the "Aina Overture," "The Beast Within," "Serendipity," and "Oriana's Wrath") are augmented by a second disc collecting assorted demos, alternate versions, single edits, and, more impressively, two versions of the 15-minute "The Story of Aina" (one instrumental, another overlaid with fairy tale-derived narration by Sebastian Thomson) book-ending it all. Just how these lengthy orchestral pieces are meant to co-exist with the music on disc one is unclear (separate companion pieces, one would assume), but they could almost stand on their own. Still not convinced? Then check out disc three: a DVD featuring a music video, a behind-the-scenes "making-of" documentary, moving storyboard, slide show, and custom artwork -- not too shabby! Simply put, until further notice (and of course there's a "to be continued..." tag here -- there's no telling how far these people will go!),Days of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera surely represents the apogee of the symphonic/operatic metal sub-genre. [Note: [The deluxe packaging of Days of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera does great justice to its contents by consisting of a hardcover booklet stuffed with 72 pages of notes about both story and participants.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
The End Records
UPC:
0654436304029
catalogNumber:
3040

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aina   Primary Artist
Sass Jordan   Vocals
Jens Johansson   Keyboards,Soloist
Michael Kiske   Narrator
T.M. Stevens   Bass
Trinity School Boys Choir   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Chapman   Choir, Chorus
Derek Sherinian   Keyboards,Soloist
Damian Wilson   Vocals
Erik Norlander   Keyboards,Soloist
Rannveig Sif Sigurdardottir   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Sascha Paeth   Organ,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Fills
Andre Matos   Vocals
Olaf Hayer   Vocals
Thomas Rettke   Vocals
Cinzia Rizzo   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Candice Night   Vocals
Emppu Vuorinen   Electric Guitar
Marco Hietala   Vocals
Thomas Youngblood   Electric Guitar
Tobias Sammet   Background Vocals,Narrator
Robert Hunecke-Rizzo   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Olaf Reitmeier   Acoustic Guitar
Oliver Hartmann   Choir, Chorus
Axel Naschke   Organ
Sanjeevan Ahilan   Choir, Chorus
Aina Choir   Choir, Chorus
Lauri Angervo   Cello
Herbie Langhans   Choir, Chorus
Gregor Derck   Violin

Technical Credits

Adam Briggs   Illustrations
Sascha Paeth   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Camera Operator
Sebastian Thomson   Storyteller
Robert Hunecke-Rizzo   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements,Instrumentation,Camera Operator,Introduction,Piano Arrangement
Olaf Reitmeier   Engineer,Camera Operator
Hans Van Vuuren   Executive Producer
Henny DeGroof   English Translations
Marcel DeJong   Illustrations
Amanda Somerville   Composer

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