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Aina - Days Of Rising Doom - The Metal Opera CD (album) cover




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3.26 | 39 ratings

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2 stars This beast is doomed!

Aina is listed here as being from the Netherlands, but given the large cast of musicians involved this project is truly multi-national. Still, the Dutch are well-known for their cheese, and Days Of Rising Doom is a large portion of Gouda. Not even Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon could match the cheese factor of this. This album has its moments, but also some that are hard to swallow.

I became interested in this "Metal Opera" after reading the list of people involved which includes some favourites of mine. Two brilliant keyboard players in Erik Norlander (Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists) and Jens Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force) and the distinctive voice of Damian Wilson (Threshold, Rick Wakeman). Another distinctive voice is that of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath). And they have Candice Night (the wife of Ritchie Blackmore) raped (she plays the role of Oria on The Rape Of Oria)!

The dominant style involved here is 80's flavoured Heavy Metal and Power Metal (not unlike Judas Priest's conceptual Nostradamus in parts). The album is conceptual in nature and there are Symphonic, Neo -Classical, and even some very discrete folky aspects, but the music is not particularly progressive.

Days Of Rising Doom is not all bad, but its primary audience is those with a special interest in conceptual and mildly progressive Metal. The average Prog fan need not bother.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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