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Ainur: Completely immerse fans in J.R.R.Tolkien’s war atmospheres…..

Ainur – War Of The Jewels

Tolkien inspired progressive rock orchestra Ainur with new album War Of The Jewels out March 19th, and with close to 80 minutes music! The band offers a very nice taster with the single Spirit Of Fire ft. Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) &with narrations of Ted Nasmith.

It’s been 17 years since Ainur thought to transform Tolkien’s masterpiece The Silmarillion into music. Each member of the band was lost in his own musical themes inspired by Tolkienian mythology. As if hypnotized, they outrageously composed themes for the main characters and started to imagine this huge concept work to which they still create to this day.

Their next anticipated record War Of The Jewels is out via Rockshots Records, which sees the band take an interesting evolution in sound from previous releases. Ainur will completely immerse fans in J.R.R.Tolkien’s war atmospheres. They have imagined every story and every battle and recreate them through unique and deep music.

Line-up on this huge ensemble,

Luca Catalano – Composer, Guitars, Vocals

Marco Catalano – Composer, Drums, Vocals

Alex Armuschio – Composer, Keys, Lead Vocals

Max Clara – Lead Vocals

Roberta Malerba – Lead Vocals

Elena Richetta – Lead Vocals

Giuseppe Ferrante – Bass, Contrabass

Luca Marangoni – Violin

Carlo Perillo – Viola

Daniela Lorusso – Cello

Cristiano Blasi – Flutes

Chiara Marangoni – Horns

Wilma Collo – Lyrics

The band comments:

«War Of The Jewels’ is the eleventh volume of The History of Middle-Earth. In Tolkien’s mythology is the tale of the big wars that came out after the creation of the Silmarils by Fëanor. The main theme is the big battles of Beleriand, except for Nirnaeth Arnoediad that will have big space in our next album. The main implied character is Fëanor, the mightiest of the Elves. Musically, it’s a thematic album as all our previous and future ones and you will recognize musical themes that we already used in From Ancient Times, Children Of Hùrin and Lay Of Leithian; however, the atmospheres are more aggressive and mighty than in the past because the topics we have put in Music this time needed a more powerful musical support».

The compositional process of War Of The Jewels has been very long. It started in 2009 (or maybe before) and it ended more or less last year. Ainur sees it as their «rebirth» album. They have been working hard composing and arranging their music to create the best tribute to Tolkien’s histories that they can.

The band adds:

«When we realized that Roberto (Tiranti) would be a guest on this album, we had no doubt of which song he was perfect for. Spirit Of Fire is the most iconic track on the album, because it deals with one of the greatest characters that Tolkien has ever invented: Fëanor, the mightiest of Elves. He has a spirit of fire and in this song, Luca (that is the main composer of this one) had the same spirit. Big guitar riffs, chords, and progressions, but also choirs and melodies that are one of Luca’s most characteristic styles. Roberto put the icing on the cake and made this song epic and unforgettable. We are sure it will become an Ainur’s masterpiece in the next years! ».

Fans of Tolkien’s work along with fans of Ayreon, Queen, and John Williams will be surprised by the majesty and the energy of this work.

Track Listing:

1. Fate Disclosed ft. Ted Nasmith (2:08)

2. Wars Of Beleriand (6:58)

3. Hell of Iron (5:46)

4. Wars Begin (7:01)

5. Kinslaying (The First) ft. Ted Nasmith (7:43)

6. Grinding Ice (8:27)

7. Battle Under The Stars ft. Derek Sherinian (4:39)

8. Spirit Of Fire ft. Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) & Ted Nasmith (7:17)

9. The Broidress (3:43)

10. The Great Battle (Or The War Of Wrath) ft. Ted Nasmith (11:58)

11. Apocalypse (4:24)

12. Apocalypse (Acoustic Bonus Track-digital only) (3:46)

Album Length: 1:13:55

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5240 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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