2003 - Days Of Rising Doom
Information Aina's Days Of Rising Doom
- Mixed by Sascha Paeth at Pathway Studio. Except 'Rape of Oria' mixed by Sascha Paeth and Miro, 'Silver Maiden' and 'The Story Of Aina' mixed by Miro, 'Talon's Last Hope' demo mixed by Robert Hunecke-Rizzo.
- Executive producer, coordination and research Hans van Vuuren.
- Mastered by Peter van Riet at Sound Factory, the Netherlands.
- English translation 'Behind The Scenes': Henny de Groof.
- Proofreading and editing: Amanda Somerville.
- Michael Kiske sings on: 'Revelations', 'Silver Maiden', 'Serendipity' and 'Restoration'.
Different editions Aina's Days Of Rising Doom
01. Limited digibook edition CD/DVD: 2CD + DVD in digibook format. (Same than USA edition)
02. Brazilian edition CD/DVD: 2 CD + DVD but in standard case.
03. Japanese edition 2CD: 2CD edition + Bonus track 'Oriana's Wrath Alternative version' (06:11) with mainly female vocals instead male. (Same than Korean edition)
04. Longform Mexican 2CD/DVD edition: Includes 2CD + DVD in an exclusive longform digipack.
Sascha Paeth (Heaven's Gate, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot) - Producer
Amanda Somerville (HDK, Epica, Kamelot)- Story, lyricist & vocalist: Maiden Voice and Oriana's Conscience
Robert Hunecke-Rizzo (Heaven's Gate, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot) - Music, drums, guitar, & bass
Michael "Miro" Rodenberg (Heaven's Gate, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot) - Arranger & keyboardist
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) - Talon
Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) - Narrator
Andre Matos (ex-Shaaman, ex-Angra, Symfonia) - Tyran
Marc Hudson (Sacred divide) - Wolfgang
Candice Night (Blackmore's Night) - Oria
Sass Jordan - Oriana
Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) - Narrator
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot) - Syrius
Sebastian Thomson - The Storyteller
Damian Wilson (Ayreon, Star One, Landmarq, Threshold) - King Taetius
Thomas Rettke (Heaven's Gate) - Torek (Sorvahr)
Olaf Hayer (Luca Turilli) - Baktúk
Cinzia Rizzo (Luca Turilli, Rhapsody, Kamelot) - Opera Voice and Background Vocals
Rannveig Sif Sigurdardoffir (Luca Turilli) - Opera Voice
Simone Simons (Epica) - Mezzo-Soprano Voice
Oliver Hartmann (ex -At Vance) and Herbie Langhans (Luca Turilli, Seventh Avenue) - The Prophets
Also featuring The Trinity School Boys Choir as the Angelic Ainae Choir. Directed by David Swinson
Olaf Reitmeier (Virgo) - Acoustic guitars on "Revelations" & "Serendipity"
Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) - Keyboard solo on "The Siege of Aina"
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen, Majestic, Dio) - Keyboard solo on "Revelations"
T.M. Stevens (Steve Vai, Tina Turner) - Bass on "Son of Sorvahr"
Axel Naschke (Gamma Ray)- Organ on "Son of Sorvahr"
Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (Nightwish, Altaria) - Guitar solo on "Rebellion"
Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot, Ian Parry) - Guitar solo on "Lalae Amêr"
Erik Norlander (Ayreon, Ambeon) - Keyboard solo on "Rebellion"
Promotional stuff Aina
Artwork Days Of Rising Doom
The cover concept, artwork and logo design by Marc Klinnert of Studio Oxmox. Inner illustrations by Studio Oxmox and Adam Briggs. Bookcover and layout by Carsten Drescher for Media Logistics GmbH. Photography 'The Creators' by thomas Kuschewski and Felix Scharf, Make up by Marie Deland.
Video-clip of 'The Beast Within'
The History Behind Aina's Days Of Rising Doom
After the success of Tobias Sammet's Metal Opera, those kind of productions were a fashion, there were a few new projects similar and the Dutch label Transmission Records contacted the producer/guitarist Sascha Paeth, who was very well known in the metal scene not only for his past with the band Heaven's Gate, but also for his work as producer with bands like Rhapsody, Kamelot and Angra. The label wanted him for being the mastermind for a new Metal Opera.
So Sascha worked with his team which includes Michael 'Miro' Rodenberg, Robert Hunecke-Rizzo and Amanda Somerville who was in charge of writing the lyrics and the history behind this Metal Opera. Amanda commented to Bravewords.com: "It started with Sascha getting a call from (Transmission Records label boss) Hans van Vuuren saying he'd like to have a metal opera, he didn't have a concept or any singers in mind, he just wanted something big. Sascha called me up and asked me if I'd be willing to write a concept and lyrics for a metal opera. I couldn't say no, because these kinds of opportunities only come around once in a lifetime. It was 18 months of hard work, a real challenge. Once I'd started writing the story I sent it to Hans for approval, and he thought it was great but he said that he and his wife could really tell that a woman had written it. I was like, 'What the fuck is that supposed to mean? You want metal, fine, I'll give you metal...' and I wrote 'The Siege Of Aina' with lyrics about 'ripping through the maidens' and other gory things (laughs). I was like, 'Ha! How's that for a girl?" Amanda checked other metal operas and she found others made an excessive use of Latin language to create the atmosphere and she prefered to invent her own language to enhance of Aina's history. Amanda commented: "Using Latin gives the music an ethereal and mystical feel, but I think it's so boring that everyone use it so I decided that I'll make up my own language. Sascha and Robert totally doubted that we'd be able to get the boys choir to pull it off because they couldn't pronounce the Ainae languague (laughs) but the kids in the choir were great." With the history/lyrics written he emailed to Robert with descriptions, how she pictured the mood of the song, the movements of the music and the other guys started to write and arrange songs.
During the recordings of SupaRed, Michael received the phone call of Sascha Paeth asking if he would like to sing in a few tracks of his new project Aina and he sent to him three tracks: 'Silver Maiden', 'Serendipity' and 'Flight Of Torek'. Michael liked a lot the two symphonic songs so he accepted the collaboration.
There is also the anecdote that when Michael was going to record the vocals of 'Silver Maiden', he listened to the demo that Sascha sent to him with Amanda Somerville and Michael told to Sascha that he didn't want to record it, because the version of Amanda was perfect and he could not improve it, but Sascha told him that the label wanted him. He first recorded the two symphonic tracks 'Silver Maiden', 'Serendipity' and the few lines in the other two songs: 'Revelations' and 'Restoration' and he left 'Flight Of Torek' for the end, but he got a cold and for time schedule Sascha could not wait until he recovered so he asked Tobias Sammet for that song.
Comments of musicians about Aina
Michael Kiske commented about this project: "These songs are the best and coolest songs I've ever recorded for someone else. I LOVE IT! It hits my nerve! One is totally classic, like 'The Neverending Story', none electric guitars only orchestation. The other song is rocker but its also good. If he would asked me to make an album like that I would accept without any doubt, its something exciting."
He also did: "One of my favourite project was Aina. It was beautiful. I like it, because it is a little bit in the vein of 'Shadowfights' and 'Easy'. It has that kind of classical touch. It's just that they did it much better. I think the song that I was singing was just a much better song than my songs. I think that Sascha and the guy he was working with on this project were really good doing this. That was an interesting thing to do."
Rumours about Aina
- Aina Part 2?
The Metal Opera Aina was originally composed together with a second album, but they never started the recordings for the second album.
I asked Michael in Where Wishes Fly Fanclub about this rumour in 2005 and he said: "AINA Part 2 would be fun, but I haven't heard anything about it."
Amanda Somerville, one of Aina's composers and also partner of Michael in Avantasia and Kiske-Somerville project recently (2010) did an interview with Michi promoting Kiske/Somerville album and she said: "I've basically written another part. I would love to... but the record company that originally released Aina went under. I even planned to perform on stage but it fell through. I wrote a complete show overview, like an entire script. A show overview with lighting, what the characters do, what happens in each individual song and I wanted to kind of make it half theater, like an actual opera, like a half theatrical production and half a concert. So yes, I would love to do a second episode... but I haven't had time to take the initiative. Maybe one day... "
- A whole symphonic album with Sascha Paeth?
In 2003, Michael did two symphonic songs with the project AINA and he said: "I've been recording some vocals for a Sascha Paeth's project, titled AINA; it sounds very classical, also I really love the idea Sascha suggest me about making a whole album with classical music. In the next couple years we could record together an album like that, but for the moment is not sure". In another different interview he also said: "Aina was great, I really loved the songs we did. I loved to work with Sascha and we'll probably make another album with him, but it would not have any metal on it. The sound will be more classical orientated, with orchestra."
A few years later, in 2006 during the promotion of Kiske album he forgot what he said about doing a whole album with Sasha Paeth and he said that: "Symphonic album with Sascha? not really, if once I get the money to do a symphonic album I would like to produce one on my own maybe. But it is very expensive to work with an orchestra, you know. And I don't want to do this with lame keyboards."
- Aina could make a tour?
That rumour started because Aina website has a section called "Giglist". I asked to Amanda about that in 2004 when I did an interview for fanclub and she said: "Yeah, i'm really really really working hard, to been able to bring Aina live and i hope that with the next album, in 6 months will be able to taking the album on tour with a really cool presentation, i have in mind to do, have opera as concert and really have a live band at a stage all the time, and also in the middle have the differents characters ... i'm really trying hard to bring on stage."