Author: Thanasis Lightbridge

Metal Perspective – “Winds Of The Sun” review

This 5 tracks EP comes in digital format only and it mainly showcases another round of collaboration between DC Cooper of Royal Hunt fame and Thanasis Lightbridge. And I say mainly, because from the 4 remaining tracks only “Birth Of A Dream” (a Jarre and Vangelis heavily influenced melody) is brand new, as “Black Winter Day” is a very reviving cover on that Amporhis’ classic cut, “Theeta Dominion” is a special take on a past Dol Ammad tune, as well as “Aquatic Majesty”, a choir only remix; both songs revisited from the “Ocean Dynamics” album and both laboured at...

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Max Mathews – RIP

One of the pioneers in computer music, Max Mathews died last week in the age of 84. Max is considered the father of digital synthesis and a great explorer in computer innovations. He developed “MUSIC” the first computer program for sound synthesis, he arranged the first synthesized voice with “DAISY BELL” making computers talk for the first time and also experimented with gestural controllers way before Wiis and Kinects were mainstream devices. Rest in peace mr Mathews, your ideas and work will live forever. Check out more about Max Mathews in Wikipedia. Photo by Rainer Kohlberger...

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Happy Angry-Birds Easter

The social-economic state that we experience here in Greece the last months led my girlfriend and I to dye our easter eggs as “Angry Birds”. I for one feel like an “angry bird” all the time in my everyday life in Greece having to fight for even the simplest thing, witnessing amazing injustice and inequalities, worrying what the future will bring… Let’s hope that we all get angry, wake up from the slumber that they enforce us and break the constructions of economic slavery that is upon us. Create, don’t consume. Happy...

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Re-discovering Vinyl

I recently re-discovered my love for vinyl records! I bought a shinny new limited edition ceramic white turntable and after a 3000 CD collection I am starting to buy vinyl again. My last time was somewhere in the early 90’s I think. Boy! what an amazing experience vinyl records are… Huge artwork, full sound spectrum, the fact that you have to turn the sides (so pay attention to the music, it’s not just for background use :P) and also the amazing visual feedback that you have with the spinning record in front of you. It’s like you can “see”...

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Lightbridge – “Centipede” Music for a short film

Here is a nice freebie for our friends who subscribe to the Lightbridge Newsletter. The song “Centipede” is a remix of the music I composed for the short film “Live” as a practice in the Nikos Kypourgos Film Music Seminar which took place in 2010 in the Philippos Nakas Conservatory of Thessaloniki. This student short film is about a bomb threat in a live TV show, it was directed by Paris Grigorakis and written by Lefteris Dimitriou. The film was produced by Fotis Simeonidis for the Faculty of Arts – Film Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Check it out...

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Autosleep Music Timer – promo video

Here is a promo video I produced for one of my favorite apps for the iphone. Autosleep Music Timer is an app developed by our current webmaster Charilaos Kalogirou and the video features Dol Ammad music and myself performing high pitched snoring and cult-announcer vocals! Space-cheers to our production team: Charilaos – the Developer Vasilis – the Lab Manager Eva – the Location and Props Producer Vasiliki – the co-Director Check Autosleep Music Timer on the Apple App...

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Recording and filming for Themis Mpasdekis’ contest

Our beloved Dol Ammad tenor and wonderfully-amazing friend Themis Mpasdekis is taking part in a famous Greek singing contest called Live 2 Sing. After weeks of voting he made it into the finals! He contacted me to record and film some songs for inclusion into the contest’s final voting phase and so the last couple of days we locked ourselves in my “Cosmos” studio and produced 3 video clips of cover versions of popular songs. Cheers to Ilias the guitarist, Natasa the make-up artist, Eva the caterer and Batman the bringer of good luck 😛 Best of luck Themis!...

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Master’s degree in Music and Visual technologies

Great news! The previous week I finished my Master’s degree! It is my second MSc and it involved High Performance Computing Systems for Music and Visual technologies. It took place in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and I was studying about 2 years to complete it. My thesis was an attempt to create a software that will visualize music in many different ways. It’s title is “Visualization of audio signals and visual – aural conversion of touch and interaction signals”. Let me know if someone would like to know more about it. So with the Master’s degree out of...

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The Pit of the Damned – “Winds Of The Sun” Review (in Italian)

Our buoni amici over at The Pit of the Damned Blog wrote a great review for the “Winds Of The Sun” even though they don’t review EPs. Thank you for your exception and cheers to Francesco! Ciao Italia! Domenica pomeriggio: mentre il sole tramonta e le tenebre invernali si impossessano del cielo, mi arriva la richiesta di recensire il nuovo EP di una band greca (composta da ben 19 elementi, 5 facenti parte della band e 14 come chorus), la cui musica viene definita da Encyclopaedia Metallum “Progressive/Symphonic/Operatic Metal with Electronic music influences” (meno parole per definirla non credo...

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My guest appearance in Eternal Journey’s “Threshold of Pain”

I am excited to reveal a great project I took part in some time ago. I got contacted by Alex Papatheodorou the composer and lyricist of Eternal Journey in order to participate in his debut album “Threshold of Pain”. I loved the music and it was an honor to be a part of Alex’s Space Metal explorations and so I laid down some synthesizers for 2 of the tracks in the album. Check out the project here:...

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Heavylaw – “Winds Of The Sun” Review (French)

Thanasis: If you know French I think you will enjoy this great review for “Winds Of The Sun” from our friends in Heavylaw. Merci beaucoup! 😛 Dol Ammad – “Winds Of The Sun” – 8/10 By Quetzalcoalt – 12/11/2010 Et si on allait faire un petit tour dans l’espace aujourd’hui? On pourrait bronzer façon steak semelle, sans cette foutue couche d’ozone pour nous protéger la peau des UV. Parce que c’est pas avec le temps moisi qu’il fait au moment où j’écris qu’on va pouvoir alimenter son cancer de la peau en toute quiétude, je vous le dis tout...

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Interview at Magic Fire Music 2010

I was drinking my regular gallons of milk when suddenly I was interrupted by a Facebook request… Thankfully it was my good friend Cedric from Magic Fire Music with a great bunch of questions for a new interview… Magic Fire Music : Hi Thanasis, how are you? It is our second interview with you. That deserves to be celebrated! What happened for you since the release of Dol Theeta? Thanasis Lightbridge : Hey Cedric! Nice to talk with you again for Magic Fire Music! Well after the release of “The Universe Expands” by Dol Theeta we focused in completing...

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Muddog’s Journal – “Winds Of The Sun” Review

Well, this was unexpected! After visiting the Dol Ammad/ Dol Theeta homepage for a while and seeing the forum full of spam and no updates I was beginning to lose hope. Thankfully my despair turned to joy and surprise. Thanasis Lightbridge has been busy whipping up some Dol Ammad material. This digital EP gives us a small sample of what’s to come. Let’s take a look at what we have on this 26 minute EP. There are three original songs, a cover and a choir version of a song fromOcean Dynamics Let’s talk about the cover and choir versions first since...

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Avantgarde Electro Metal Special

Our great friends from Avantgarde-Metal.com have recently released a PDF issue of stories and reviews from the Avantgarde-Metal world which includes an interview I did with them some years ago and reviews for my music. Inside the 74 pages you can also find lots of other great bands and stories. Check it out and download it...

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Avantgarde Metal – “The Universe Expands” Review

Some months ago the newborn realms of DOL THEETA spelled its first bewitching chants: The marvellous debut MCD “Goddess” (read review here) granted a first gaze into the new musical universe of DOL AMMAD mastermind Thanasis Lightbridge. While DOL AMMAD is explosions and explorement, lightspeed and sunstorms, DOL THEETA unfolds the mysterious, phantasmagoric dreamsides of the “Electronic Art Metal” collective. “Goddess” already promised a lot, but still left one question open: Which of all those multi-coloured facets of the MCD unveil the path of the first full-length album? Is it the catchiness of the titlesong refrain or the morphic...

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Avantgarde Metal – “Goddess” Review

More than a year ago DOL AMMAD mastermind Thanasis Lightbridge proclaimed the coming of a new galaxy in the universe of electronic art metal. And now finally the long wait is over! The mysterious “Goddess” DOL THEETA strides down from the heavens in majestic beauty and spreads her bewitching, narcotic whispers. Thanasis is a masterful composer who manages in perfection to combine the mightiness of metal with the crystalline soundscapes of electronic music. DOL AMMAD shows the bombastic, epic sides of this unique mixture, the extroverted and aloft spheres, the onwards riding spaceships and shining light-cities in the skies....

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Avantgarde Metal – “Ocean Dynamics” Review

When I looked at the album cover I first felt like a beaten dog, which then was slowly and carefully nosing the CD until realising it was a friend and not a foe. “Ocean Dynamics” is a continuous concept starting in outer space, represented by the powerful first four tracks of “Thalassa Dominion I-IV”. The journey moves on into the solar system and “Solarwinds” is tied on with fast and fantastic drums which really sound like solar winds. This is musically so amazingly well done, that you could distinguish between a storm and a wind. The wind here even...

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Avantgarde Metal – “Star Tales” Review

Star Tales… and now I have no idea what to say. On one hand I would love to give you a full oversight of what this album is potentially going to do to you once you hit the play button but on the other hand, the possible range of psychedelic journeys it will take you on by listening to this might get restrained if I tell you about the places that this album took me to. The first track “Dreamport” is the station where you embark for the journey and where a commanding yet gentle voice tells you to...

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Interview at Prog Archives 2010

Dol Ammad & Theeta interview Your biography has been covered in your ProgArchives profile so let’s bypass the biography details. But why did you choose those two names and which bands were you influenced by ? I was looking for some strange-looking and strange sounding names back in 2001 when I started with Dol Ammad. It appeared to me inside the game “Descent 3” which had a level with a fuel refinery called “Dol Ammad”. I then did a little research and “Dol” is a Tolkien word meaning “castle”. “Ammad” is probably an Asian word meaning “Pillars”. Along the...

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“Winds Of The Sun” released and new website!

Hey everyone! Long time no see! I am happy to announce that we are back with lots of space goodies! First of all I’d like to introduce you to our completely redesigned new home here at electronicARTmetal.com. Harry Kalogirou, our new webmaster from nLogn, did an amazing job and I’m really happy to get rid our previous non-functional, spam-ridden old house. Secondly, as some of you already know we have released a very special new Dol Ammad EP called “Winds Of The Sun”. Check out this cute Trailer to get a glimpse of our new mini voyage. We decided...

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The Metal Minute – “The Universe Expands” CD Review

No, Thanasis Lightbridge doesn’t pocket a lightsaber but there might be a communicator lapel stashed beneath his sleek, futuristic jacket which is both Euro casual stylish as well a possible look at down-the-road military fashion. In any case, Thanasis Lightbridge has been stoically looking to propel a brave collision between heavy metal, neoclassical reinvention and electronica off the blue-watered Aegean coastline and upwards into a welcoming stratosphere. Paradise inspires paradise in Thanasis Lightbridge’s aesthetics where no rules constrict his art. You might be familiar with his introductory entity Dol Ammad, a briskly-moving ensemble incorporating all of the above elements...

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Crazy Tits and other stories… Dr Smith is here!

Yes, it is this time of the year, probably the highlight of my every album’s promotion, the Evil Dr.Smith from The Lords of Metal webzine has arrived for another glorious review and a ton of utterly fun questions for me to answer. “Last Christmas the debut album ‘The Universe Expands’ saw the light of day; reason enough to speak with Thanasis. To start with a warning, especially for all those people with a short attention span: this interview is rather long…” LORDS OF METAL Interview here “Thanasis Lightbridge is the Greek space shuttle traveller on the bombastic metal opera’s...

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Goddess entered Top-10 Albums of 2008 in Avant-garde Metal!

Great news coming from the Avantgarde-Metal Camp, the Dol Theeta – Goddess mini CD made it into number 7 of the Top-10 Albums of 2008 elected by their reader’s charts! Also “The Universe Expands” was awarded “Album of the Month” and is featured in the webzine with a great review. Thank you all for this amazing honor! On other news, I shared a nice chat with Maria from Metal Temple the other day which resulted in this cool interview for her webzine. Also you can freshen up your Greek with the interview I did over at the nice guys...

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Metal Hammer, Nephilim, Rock City and more…

Dol Theeta are featured in this month’s Greek Metal Hammer with a great review from Dimitris Zaharopoulos. Also I’d like to inform our Greek friends that our CDs and T-Shirts are now also available in the following rock/metal shops: Nephilim in Thessaloniki (Patr. Ioakeim 17) and Rock City in Athens (Akadimias 81). Check out Nephilim’s Myspace page by clicking their logo below. Here are the latest reviews that have arrived for “The Universe Expands”: Melodic Hard Rock Today, Hall of Metal, GreekRebels, Metal Integral, Seigneurs Du Metal. Also check out a great interview I gave to 2 new friends...

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Star Trek Dol Theeta and Streaming Day

If you are a Star Trek fan don’t miss this amazing trailer mashup that mr Harkal (Harry Kalogirou) did: Don’t forget to visit Heavylaw today, it’s “The Universe Expands” streaming day! Dol Theeta all day long baby! Check out the latest reviews from Metal Temple and if you can understand French check out Pavillon and Heavylaw. Also check out an interview I did for the Polish webzine Metal Centre. More interviews will appear soon. Space...

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First Reviews and Heavylaw Streaming

Hello my friends, happy new year! The first reviews for “The Universe Expands” have started to appear and are talking about a Masterpiece! Industrialized metal, Muddog in his lastFM Journal and a blogging fan from Thailand are the first to send us their feedback. Our good friends over at Heavylaw webzine have arranged an all-day live streaming event of the full Dol Theeta “The Universe Expands” album. This will take place on the 28th of January 2009. That’s in 12 days from now, so set your reminders if you’d like to check our new album and haven’t done so...

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The Universe Expands

The Empire of Dreams   The Eternity of Stars   The Universe Expands…   This is your captain speaking: “Fasten your seat-belts and get ready to embark on a new voyage into unknown aural galaxies…”   Greetings my friends! It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of the debut Dol Theeta album “The Universe Expands”. This new journey is a deep esoteric experience of our inner and outer cosmos. 11 songs, approximately 1 hour of music into a magnificent digipack packaging featuring the jaw-dropping art of Mr Werner Hornung. The album is also available to download...

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10 days left for The Universe Expands

Only 10 days are left for the release of the full Dol Theeta debut album “The Universe Expands” !! Yep, that means that the release date will be on X-mas, the 25th of December. I believe it will be a perfect way to kiss this strange year goodbye once and for all… Celebrating the release we will also introduce some great new merchandise in the electronicARTmetal E-Shop. Stay in touch to check them out when the clock shows zero! I don’t know about you but since my good friend Harry Kalogirou implemented this cool counter on the intro of...

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Endorsement by Hohner

One of the oldest and greatest music instrument manufacturers in the world, the German company Hohner, has honored me and my music with an endorsement! Founded in 1857 and based in Germany, Hohner is mainly known for their accordions and melodicas but also make great other instruments like guitars, recorders and more. They have a great reputation for high class manufacturing and production and their products are used by countless professional artists around the world. Yesterday I received two instruments from Hohner, one of which is an ultra sexy limited edition melodica! It is a Piano 32 Jubilee 50th...

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Mastering for “The Universe Expands” is complete!

I would like to inform you that a few days ago we completed the mastering of the full Dol Theeta album. Everything went smoothly and me and Argy (Stream, my trusted friend and co-producer) are proud with the result. The layout of Werner Hornung’s amazing artwork is also complete and looks stunning! The album is now over to the manufacturing factory in Germany and should be ready in 15-20 days. It has been a really crazy year for me, strange forces seemed to appear from everywhere trying to bring me and this project down. I am exhilarated that we...

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Farewell to Michael Baker

One of the most charismatic and unique singers in the metal world, Michael Baker of Shadow Gallery passed away in the 29th of October due to heart attack. Shadow Gallery, one of the greatest music bands, was characterized by Michael’s crystalline voice and has always been a big influence to my music. My condolences to his family and band members. Michael you will live forever through your amazing music. Thank you for all. May you rest in peace through your journey to the...

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Bewitching, narcotic whispers

Our good friends at Avantgarde metal and Seigneurs Du Metal sent us the first reviews for “Goddess”. Check out the reviews: http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/reviews2.php?id=298 http://www.seigneursdumetal.fr/index.php?page=chronique&id_chro=910 In other news, “The Universe Expands” has officially entered the mastering stage! But can’t talk now, gotta work work...

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Audiosurfing with Dol Ammad!

Hey check out this video I stumbled upon! I had no idea about Audiosurf…it looks too cool and almost like a video clip. Apparently Audiosurf is an application that analyzes your music and creates a space race based on it. Cheers mate for posting this and for doing such a great...

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Tales from Different Worlds

Hello friends! Some time ago I took part in 2 compilation CDs with the Dol Theeta song “Mud” (taken from the upcoming Dol Theeta full album “The Universe Expands”). The first compilation was for a Metal Maniacs sampler CD for their June/July 2008 issue. The second one was the “Tales from Different Worlds” CD released by the great French webzine Heavylaw featuring 80 minutes of melodic metal from 18 bands. I have a few copies of the “Tales from Different Worlds” CD for sale and since they are limited I placed them in the electronicARTmetal Records MINI shop. Have...

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Thank Goddess, we are back!

Emerging from the black hole of a series of unfortunate events, I present you with the first Dol Theeta release: “Goddess”, a mini CD featuring 3 new songs and our first video clip. It is a limited edition release including a taste of the upcoming Dol Theeta album entitled “The Universe Expands” and also exclusive material. I hope you’ll enjoy it! As you can witness we have radically updated our website and have created a portal for my music worlds. Feel free to move around, check it out and let me know what you think. A really exciting new...

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The Kings of Space Metal Opera

Hello friends, Thanasis here. First of all I’d like to wish you all the best for the New Year. May it be a creative, peaceful and healthy year for us all. I feel that I must apologize since my initial estimate and promise to release Dol Theeta in 2007 got blown away by life’s beautiful and frustrating way of always messing up with your plans and targets. The reasons for my delay are that we suffered a big studio crash on October-November 2007 which threatened to destroy some recorded material. Thankfully after weeks of painful restoration methods we salvaged...

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Space Park!

Our great friend Ntennis Pappakostas has done an amazing South Park version of Dol Ammad! Ntennis used the South Park Studio flash application. Thanks a lot for the hard work and beautiful result Ntennis! Any Dol Ammad friend is more than welcome to contribute in any way to this site and to spread the word about our music! Feel free to email us with any info you might...

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Reviews and Electro-Metal special

Lots of great Reviews for the Dol Ammad music keep coming in. Check out the latest reviews for “Ocean Dynamics” from iO Pages (in Dutch), Metabullet (in Spanish), DPRP, Prognaut, Planeta Rock (in Spanish), AMP Magazine, Disagreement and the latest “Star Tales” reviews from Heavy Metal Universe and Avantgarde Metal. The amazing Avantgarde Metal webzine apart from the scheduled mega-interview with Thanasis Lightbridge being prepared as we speak, has recently published a very interesting Electro Metal Special feature where in its first part it delves into the early beginnings of the electronic/industrial scene and the beginning of avant-garde into...

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Dol Ammad group at Last.fm

Our great friend Aart van der Meijden has setup a Last.fm group for Dol Ammad! Click here and join us there for cosmic friendship and discussion! For those of you who don’t know it, Last.fm is a networking tool that socializes people mainly through music so this makes it extra cool. Check out...

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Avantgarde-Metal

I would like to present you with a great new webzine – community I have recently discovered (or was discovered by – to be more correct). It is the Avantgarde Metal community at www.avantgarde-metal.com and it is the perfect haven for all of us wanting our metal a little “different” than the rest. To quote the website itself: “This website is dedicated to the pioneers of metal, to those bands and musicians who incorporate new and innovative elements into metal, who break conventions, tear down walls, violate borders. They build new worlds. They surprise.” “Avantgarde-Metal was created to provide...

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Ocean Dynamics at iTunes and CDbaby

We are proud to announce that the Dol Ammad second album “Ocean Dynamics” is now also available in the Apple digital music store iTunes and in physical form in the great independent CD store CDBaby. Stay in touch for the new project’s name and first news coming up in a few...

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Army is over! Plans for the future

Hail Dolammadians and space freaks out there! I am very pleased to announce that after 12 months, my army time is finally over and I am back into my “civilian” life. It has been a year full of new experiences. Most were strange, discomforting and illogical but the only thing that made them worthwhile was that I have met great new friends to share them with. I would like to introduce probably the greatest friend that I met. His name is Harry Kalogirou and apart from a great guy (and the photographer of our now obsolete army shoes) he...

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Distributors, New T-shirts on the way and current status.

Greetings fellow space travelers! I know it’s been long since our last update of this site and I would like to apologize for that. As some of you may already know, I am serving my time in the Greek army for the last 8 months. It is something obligatory here in Greece and it lasts for 12 months so thankfully I am getting closer to the end. Moreover, our trusted webmaster Stamatis Kritikos is preparing a big relocation to Athens and has been awfully busy lately. That’s why I am kind of thinking to make this site more personalized...

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HeavyLaw Ocean Dynamics Streaming

The positive reviews for “Ocean Dynamics” are starting to pour in and we’ll soon update the reviews section of the Dol Ammad website. One of the best French webzines, HeavyLaw is revamped and updated and features a great review of “Ocean Dynamics”. What is even greater though is that Dol Ammad have booked to present the 2nd album through the streaming feature of this webzine on Sunday the 12th of November. When you tune in the full album will be streamed by Heavy Law all day long! Check out HeavyLaw at www.heavylaw.com and don’t forget to set your alarm...

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