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18.06.09 | Review: Days of Rising Doom (AINA, 2003)
Filed under: Music — Tags: — Dr. Ivan @ 16:33 — Comments (0)

Review of the heavy metal opera album Days of Rising Doom by AINA (2003). [This is an old post of mine; re-uploaded for the sake of the new site]

Rating: 1 Star

Started: 27.07.08
Finished: 01.08.08
Last Modified: 08.04.09

Never heard of the group before and as far as I know this is their only endeavor. This “opera” itself is rather well-balanced when it comes to the material present, not holding any surprises except may be for one. This one surprise is the use of a boy choir for some of the repertoir. Choirs are of course far from new to metal, but I admittedly have never heard a boy choir in this kind of a setting. Otherwise the standard ballads and slightly heavier pieces are present, may be with some flutes or something folk-sounding – but again not straying too far away from the safe territory.

The first complaint is the utterly ridiculous back story. I know it is metal (AND an opera on top of that) therefore, if there is something deep in the script, it is a total accident. While the words can be samey, and material rehashed on the same old thematics always seemingly present in all mainstream metal, AINA takes this to a new level. One could argue that Rammstein’s lyrics are too short and repeat far too frequently, this disc on the contrary proves that the exact opposite is and will be an even greater failure given the writing talents are as poor as they are here.

The worst part of this whole affair is the perfectly irrelevant and most annoying attempt at replicate Tolkien (sigh, yes, yet again) and conjure up another couple of obscure languages: The inevitable “good” (J.R.R.’s elven) and the “bad” (*ehem* “The language is that of Mordor which I will not utter here”). You get the point. It’s unnecessary, and sounds laughable to use the least offensive epithet.

All this might seem irrelevant, but to listener’s misfortune this is not black metal with grunting vocals which are incomprehensible in the first place. The clear vocals singing some incomprehensible gibberish do distract from the music.

It is of course also worth mentioning that the male vocals seem to be slightly off in places, while the female part is sung rather well, if not at a Turunen-level.

There are two songs I would like to highlight. The first one is the somewhat heavy and high-tempo Flight of Torek, while the other is the slightly charming and soupy ballad Serendipity. That is pretty much what there is to say about them. Really. In conclusion this album as a whole is a somewhat bland and uninteresting piece of music – although not a total abomination and fully listenable if you are prepared to overlook its flaws.

Listen for yourself if you’d like, but there is really not much to talk about unfortunately. It seems as if a significant amount of work and finances have gone into this project; well, that’s pity – producers should have rather used the money on charity, and likewise should you.

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