Aina (band)

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Aina
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Background information
Genres Progressive metal
Power metal
Symphonic metal
Years active 2003–2004
Labels Transmission/The End Records
Associated acts Heavens Gate, Avantasia, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot
Members Sascha Paeth
Amanda Somerville
Robert Hunecke-Rizzo
Michael "Miro" Rodenberg

Aina is a progressive metal project produced by Sascha Paeth with a number of guest appearances including Glenn Hughes, Michael Kiske and Candice Night. It resulted in the metal opera Days of Rising Doom, which was released in 2003 by Transmission/The End Records. The concept was created by Amanda Somerville who also wrote the lyrics. The music was composed by Robert Hunecke-Rizzo. Ten years after its release, Paeth indicated that there were no plans to revisit the project.[1]

Story[edit]

The album tells the story of a fictional country, Aina, ruled by King Taetius. It begins with a warning delivered to King Taetius (Damian Wilson) from The Prophets. The story involves a love triangle between Oria Allyahan (Candice Night) and the two sons of King Taetius: Talon (Glenn Hughes) and Torek (Thomas Rettke). After the death of Taetius, Torek becomes the king of Aina. However, he flees the kingdom in rage and humiliation when Talon is the one that gains lady Oria's hand in marriage.

Torek befriends a gruesome race known as the Krakhon, to whom he becomes a mix of king and deity; he also takes on the name of their deity, Sorvahr. Quickly, Sorvahr gathers the army of the Krakhon and leads them into a war against the whole world. Eventually he sieges and takes over Aina, casting out his brother, Talon, as well as Talon's wife, Oria, and daughter, Oriana. In an effort to preserve his kingdom, Talon sends Oriana away from him where she can be safe. Meanwhile, Sorvahr rapes Oria, who eventually gives birth to Syrius.

Unknowing of their relation to each other (as half-siblings and as enemies), Oriana and Syrius meet one another and fall in love. As the couple reaches adulthood, Talon returns to the kingdom with a new army to retake the throne of Aina. Talon takes Oriana with him to help lead the army; on the other side, Sorvahr takes Syrius with him to lead the opposing army. As Oriana and Syrius meet in battle, they declare a tentative peace on the battlefield. The peace is shattered when Sorvahr, disgusted with his son for making peace rather than war, kills Syrius. Horrified and enraged, Oriana then takes the fight back to Sorvahr and defeats him on the battlefield; she then takes the throne of the newly reinstated Kingdom of Aina.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1: Days Of Rising Doom[edit]

  1. "Aina Overture" - 2:01
  2. "Revelations" - 5:29
  3. "Silver Maiden" - 5:00 singer: Michael Kiske
  4. "Flight Of Torek" - 5:21 singer: Tobias Sammet
  5. "Naschtok Is Born" - 4:39
  6. "The Beast Within" - 3:17
  7. "The Siege Of Aina" - 6:50
  8. "Talon's Last Hope" - 6:10
  9. "Rape Of Oria" - 3:05
  10. "Son Of Sorvahr" - 2:58
  11. "Serendipity" - 4:04 singer: Michael Kiske
  12. "Lalae Amer" - 4:13
  13. "Rebellion" - 4:01 singer: Glenn Hughes
  14. "Oriana's Wrath" - 6:13
  15. "Restoration" - 4:55

Disc 2: The Story Of Aina[edit]

  1. "The Story Of Aina" - (instrumental) - 15:08
  2. "The Beast Within" - (single version) - 3:43
  3. "Ve Toura Sol-Rape Of Oria" - (Ainae version) - 3:05
  4. "Flight Of Torek" - (single version) - 3:33
  5. "Silver Maiden" - (alternate version) - 4:59
  6. "Talon's Last Hope" - (demo) - 5:46
  7. "The Siege Of Aina" - (single version) - 3:55
  8. "The Story Of Aina" - 15:08[3]
  9. "Oriana's Wrath" - (alternate version) (Japanese Bonus Track) - 6:11

Personnel[edit]

Creators[edit]

Performers[edit]

Singers
Musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ (editor), J. (27 April 2013). "Sascha Paeth (Avantasia) Interview @ PPM 2013". Metal Blast. Mons. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Jepsen, Steen (September 29, 2014). "Album Review - Aina - Days Of Rising Doom". RevelationZ. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Days of Rising Doom @ Encyclopaedia Metallum
  4. ^ allmusic