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

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
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...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: The End Records
  • UPC: 654436304029
  • Catalog Number: 3040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aina Overture (2:01)
  2. 2 Revelations (5:29)
  3. 3 Silver Maiden (5:00)
  4. 4 Flight of Torek (5:21)
  5. 5 Naschtok Is Born (4:40)
  6. 6 The Beast Within (3:16)
  7. 7 The Siege of Aina (6:50)
  8. 8 Talon's Last Hope (6:11)
  9. 9 Rape of Oria (3:04)
  10. 10 Son of Sorvahr (2:59)
  11. 11 Serendipity (4:04)
  12. 12 Lalae Amêr (4:13)
  13. 13 Rebellion (4:01)
  14. 14 Oriana's Wrath (6:12)
  15. 15 Restoration (4:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Story of Aina (15:08)
  2. 2 The Beast Within (3:44)
  3. 3 Ve Toúra Sol (Rape of Oria) (3:05)
  4. 4 Flight of Torek (3:34)
  5. 5 Silver Maiden (4:59)
  6. 6 Talon's Last Hope (5:46)
  7. 7 The Siege of Aina (3:54)
  8. 8 The Story of Aina (15:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Beast Within
  2. 2 The Making of Aina
  3. 3 The Story of Aina
  4. 4 Slide Show
  5. 5 Artwork
  6. 6 Audio Settings
  7. 7 Credits
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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, Guitar, 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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