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Aina: Days of Rising Doom Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aina Overture
  2. Revelations
  3. Silver Maiden
  4. Flight Of Torek
  5. Naschtok Is Born
  6. Beast Within
  7. Siege Of Aina
  8. Talon's Last Hope
  9. Rape Of Oria
  10. Son Of Sorvahr
  11. Serendipity
  12. Lalae Amer
  13. Rebellion
  14. Oriana's Wrath
  15. Restoration
  16. Story Of Aina
  17. Beast Within
  18. Ve Toura So
  19. Flight Of Torek
  20. Silver Maiden
  21. Talon's Last Hope
  22. Siege Of Aina
  23. Story Of Aina
  24. Oriana's Wrath

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Avalon
  • ASIN: B0000QX3G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Aina is not just a metal opera, it spans many genres of music that go from power metal to classical to oriental. There is one song that Disney should be so lucky to have as a soundtrack (Silver Maiden - especially the track on Disk 2 by the beautiful Amanda Somerville). From beginning to end, the story is perfectly arranged and the atmosphere is so real that you are drawn into this epic tale.
The concept, story and lyrics are from the newcomer Amanda Somerville. She also sings in several of the songs and what a voice she has. Keep an eye on this one - I predict great things to come.
The first thing that will hit you with this Limited Edition album is the packaging: a 64 page digi-book with 2 CD's and a DVD. The artwork in the book is masterful - sepia tones to vivid colors. It includes the entire story, lyrics, credits and more.
Disc 1 is the entire opera comprising 73 minutes and 16 tracks that will set you free. It is performed by some of the biggest names in rock and reads like a who's who in the industry - all of them well known individually or from their bands: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Edguy & Avantasia, Candice Knight, Sass Jordan, T.M. Stevens, Rhapsody and many more. One other thing to note: there is a hidden track!
Disk 2 has a 15-minute track, The Story of Aina, that is an exceptional arrangement of the entire opera. This disk also has a number of songs that were demos of songs on the 1st Disk. The last number, with Sebastian Thomson narrating the entire story, uses the 1st track as the background music.
The DVD is a very interesting touch. It has a 3-D computer animation of the song The Beast Within and an all too short The Making of Aina - a great video of the entire production of this epic tale. There are more pictures and artwork as well on the DVD.
It says in the book, "To Be Continued". I can hardly wait.
All in all: This is THE Album of the year.
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I was waiting very anxiously for this relish, as I had read many great things about it...I was actually expecting a groundbreaking record considering guest musicians, the budget and other rumors.
But to my surprise Days Of Rising Doom was far from great!
First of all the title "metal opera" is really misleading. The songs can't be categorized as metal except for a few, but by any means can this be considered a metal opera.
The music all in all is (simple) progressive rock with metal influences and a few good ballads.
Suprisingly the hard-rock (metal) songs were weaker than the ballads. In my opinion most of the ballads on this album are great, although mostly because they are sang by Michael Kiske, Amanda Somerville and Candice Night.
The best songs of the album are "Silver Maiden' and 'Serindipity', Michael Kiske is magnificent! The only worthy hard songs are 'Flight Of Torek' and 'Rebellion'.
There are MANY great vocalists (and rock-metal legends) participating in this project but only few of them achieve a memorable performance. Glenn Hughes (altough he overdoes it in parts) and Candice Night are some of them...
Michael Kiske is the most captivating male vocalist here.He sings in a wonderful, soft, melodic and emotional way, which he hasn't done in his previous works. His voice is still outstanding and natural.
It has to be said that Days of Rising Doom achieves a more operatic feel compared to other metal operas, such as Avantasia. The boys choir is incredible (well done). But the story of the album is tiresome and most songs seem to belong on a soundtrack. There are some great moments in the CD, but unfortunately the album as a whole doesn't sound outstanding or anything like that...
Wouldn't recommend it at all to Power Metal fans. Some progressive rock (hard rock) fans may enjoy it. Don't get carried away by the huge list of guests and incorrect rumors...
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By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There is very little to complain about here. I love Avantasia, Edguy, Stratovarius and lots of Power Metal. The concept of having another masterpiece to devour thrilled me, and AINA didn't disappoint one bit.
There's lots of variety on this release. That may lead some metal heads to be less than enthusiastic. There are some ballads, and there are some "showy tunes" on here. Not broadway show tunes, mind you, just tunes that aren't "true metal". These songs do have a place in setting the tone for the storytelling, and they fit in wonderfully. There are several epic songs here, and they all tell the story of AINA well. You can tell that there were four people in charge of the project, with the variety of ideas blending nicely.
The metal songs kick a**, but if you're looking for an album that's metal from start to finish, this isn't it. AINA is a great release. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any fan of the genre.
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I havent heardthis metal opera yet but im sure it will be almost as spectacular as avantasia.
Heres the all star lineup:
DISC 1 - Days Of Rising Doom :
Aina Overture (2:01)
Revelations (5:29)
Silver Maiden (5:00)
Flight Of Torek (5:21)
Naschtok Is Born (4:40)
The Beast Within (3:16)
The Siege Of Aina (6:50)
Talon's Last Hope (6:11)
Rape Of Oria (3:04)
Son Of Sorvahr (2:59)
Serendipity (4:04)
Lalae Amêr (4:13)
Rebellion (4:01)
Oriana's Wrath (6:12)
Restoration (4:55)

DISC 2 - The Story of Aina :
The Story Of Aina (15:09)
The Beast Within (single version) (3:44)
Ve Toúra Sol - Rape Of Oria (ainae version) (3:05)
Flight Of Torek (single version) (3:34)
Silver Maiden (alternate version) (4:59)
Talon's Last Hope (demo) (5:46)
The Siege Of Aina (single version) (3:54)
The Story Of Aina (instrumental) (15:08)

DISC 3 - The Dvd :
Making Of Footage
The Beast Within (video clip)

SASCHA PAETH bass, guitars
MIRO keyboards
JENS JOHANSSON keyboards solos
DEREK SHERINIAN keyboard solos
THOMAS RETTKE vocals (ex-Heaven's Gate)
MICHAEL KISKE vocals (Supared, ex-Helloween)
CANDICE NIGHT vocals (Blackmore's Night)
GLENN HUGHES vocals (HTP, ex-Deep Purple)
MARCO HIETALA vocals (Nightwish, Tarot)
DAMIAN WILSON vocals (ex-Threshold)
ANDRE MATOS vocals (Shaman, ex-Angra)
OLAF HAYER vocals (Dionysus, Luca Turilli)
...Read more ›
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