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DAYS OF RISING DOOM - THE METAL OPERA

AinA

 

Progressive Metal

3.25 | 34 ratings

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friso
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3 stars Aina - Days of Rising Doom - The Metal Opera is an cd that leaves a strang feeling. It starts of so good and then it's finishes so bad. But I will discuss the album chronologic.

Aina has a lots of sounds. It has some metalriffs, it has symphonic arangements, powermetal, a fairytail-WaltDisney-ballad and some good vocals.

The first piece, Aina Overture is a good progressive beginning. One will get interested after hearing the complex pianoparts in combinations with the heavy guitars and the symphonic sound.

The next track is the first song Revelations. I wonder how many bands have calles I song Revelations, but OK... it's can happen. In the beginning we are treated with fairytail guitarprogression and a young boys choir. A good opening, very atmospheric! Then the song changes to a progressive orchestrated metalpiece. Nice vocals and I love the speed of this part. Then a finale is reserved for the ending of the track, some kind of opera part. A nice melody sung by a man with an great voice! Again, tasty!

Then the fairytail part began. A fully orchestrated track with the main character singing about his love for this girl. For fantasylovers this is the total experience. For people with sympathy for Walt Disney's lovetunes this might also be an enrichment of live. For me this is track that is a bit funny but I do get carried away with it. So what the heck? It works.

Flight of Torek. This song sounds like a progressive/powermetal anthem. Our favourite singer of all times Tobias Sammet (known from Avantasia and Edguy) sings this song. His influence is all over the place but it's a gentle happy metalsong with an progressive development in the chorus. I loved this stuff when I was 15 years old, now, 4 years later it somehow dissapoints me. It's music where one must get carried away or you will not understand. But overall a good song.

Naschtak is born. Our next step of the menu is a bit more angry song. The bad guy is introduced. It has a very nice guitar riff and the vocals are done very well. Also a strong chorus making this one of the better songs of the album.

The beast within. Another badguys song. Again a good song. Only the main lyric line is bit to simple, but it does serve the song. In the middle of the song we have an strange part, it sound like an a group of martial arts guys are practicing. Yet another good working piece of music.

The siege of Aina. The guitar part on the beginning is my favourite part of the record. It's has a strong vibe. Then the martialart guys again show up and female choir is introduced. What is going to happen now? Al pieces fall in the puzzl when the metal guitars are introduced and you get swapped away by the strong melody introduced. Realy fanatic! Again great vocals here!

Talons's Last Hope. This song is just simply boring. Only drums and a bass line and some vocals just don't entertain me in such a simple way. The song isn't very finished if you asked me. Then the Rape of Orea is a ballad sung by a Dutch lady Simone Simmons. Nice atmospheric fairytail ballad, recorded well.

Son of Sorvahr. A short ok metal song with some nice oldschool organs wich contribute to the overall vybe of this less serious song. Nice solo with a wah-amplified-guitar. Serendipity is another carried away song, this time based on a akoustic guitar progression. A lot of time must have been spent catching this atmosphere on type. Again a great exsample of a hate it or love it song.

Lalae Amer. This song is a eastern Europe influenced song for it sounds a bit Arabic. The vocals are in the style of this song. It actually sounds like it is an worldmusic recording. Little are the metal influences on this song, though the ending gives us some solo's so the song is complete. Well, it works. Rebellion starts of with an typical powermetal part but is actually pretty good. Nice speed, good vocals. Nothing left to say about this song.

Oriana's Wrath is a progmetal epic. More characters have their part. Nice choir arrangements have to compete with the great guitar en keyboard parts. I'm glad the powermetal drums were left for just a few songs like this giving it power without bringing overkill to the whole record. Impressive creation of music.

Then came Restoration. Our last thing on the menu begins with some psychedelic sounds. This, I like. But then a steady one chord slow metal part is introduced. Over this part a lot of themes of other songs are mixed. Together with Talon's Last Hope this is the least interesting song of the album. It's just sounds like a remix of someone who fellt bored. No real effort was put into this. They could have replace the steady one chord riff with guitars that supported the introduced themes. This makes te ending of the record bad. A pitty, cause most of the songs are good. A bad ending for an opera is the worst thing that can happen, it leaves me with an feeling of not being satisfied. Like the story wasn't finished. It's a Pitty. The record would have been better if they exclused Talons last hope and Restoration.

So a bit of an dissapointment in the end makes this a three stars album. It's good at it's moments, but sometimes it just doesn't work. For fantasy fanatics this is still a nice album to pic! You migh actually like it very much as I did in the beginning. The period before I listened to prog.

friso | 3/5 |

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