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Aina
Days Of Rising Doom
Type: CD
Company: Transmission Records
Release: 2004
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Published: 10/13/2004
A lavish story of far away mythical lands
I wanted to start off by saying how much I enjoyed this piece. The production is outstanding and the cast of players literally reads like a who's who in power metal music. Luminaries (names listed below) such Michael Kiske and Tobias Sammett and many more join the core musicians who make up this CD. "Aina, Days Of Rising Doom" tells a lavish story of far away mythical lands and the obvious good versus evil with the eventual hopeful victory of good (I will not ruin the surprise here and will leave it up to you to find out more).

The packaging for the item I reviewed was listed as the “Limited Edition – Ecobook”. This was a well crafted hardcover book and the pages inside were filled with lyrics, photos of the players as well as vividly detailed artwork that depicted the story that was being told.

Given such a rich cast of talent as well as the fullness of the musical aspect (both choral & orchestral) it is doubtful to assume this will be anything more than an epic CD. Fans of Avantasia, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish & Epica will find themselves drawn to this piece. Among my favorite numbers are "Flight Of Torek", “Serendipitiy”,

Creators/Players: Sascha Paeth, Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, Amanda Somerville, Miro.

Guests: Marco & Empu (Nightwish), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Tobias Sammett (EdGuy/Avantasia), Glen Hughes, Candace Knight, Simone Simons (Epica), Sass Jordan, Erik Norlander, Derek Sherinian, Jens Johansson and many more.

The Eco-Book comes with a DVD and a bonus CD. You will need a non-region specific player to view the DVD on it, since this is an import release. I was unable to review that portion of the piece. The 2nd CD is filled with alternate tracks as well as some orchestrations of the pieces on the 1st CD. I did enjoy it very much and recommend this particular item to those who enjoy the music of EdGuy, Helloween and the bands that fall under this sound. It is an Epic, and overall its creators have done well in its creation. I doubt that fans of these artists and guests will be disappointed in what they hear.
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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