WOT?! No Hair?

WOT?! No Hair?

I got some emails regarding this so yes it is true, it’s been a while now that I have cut my hair!

TLB_No-Hair

Nooooooooooo I hear you scream! Relax, it’s not in the hair!

Cheers 🙂

Interview at Magic Fire Music 2010

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 the release of the Dol Ammad EP “Winds Of The Sun” with some very special tracks and also to put together a nice Videoclip for the main song “Winds Of The Sun”. Apart from that I am finishing my second master’s degree in music/visuals technology. I also did some productions to local bands and visuals in the concerts of a retro-jazz project.

Magic Fire Music : The EP of Dol Ammad has just been released. Why did you choose to release a digital version of that EP and not a CD? (more…)

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

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

Well, this was unexpected! After visiting the Dol AmmadDol 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 (more…)

Avantgarde Metal – “The Universe Expands” Review

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 complexity of “Deathstars”? How will all the Trance-Ethno-Electro-Pop-Metal-Psychedelic-Ambient elements unite in the first 58 minutes epos of DOL THEETA?

“…A Psychedelic Experience…” The voice that led through the enigmatic whispers of the intro speaks its last words. Ultra-fat electro-bass pumps out of my speakers. But instead of a Techno beat soft, crystalline keyboards set in to enwind them peacefully. Finally drums and heavy guitars join in apace mid-tempo. Still the keyboards spread a (more…)

Avantgarde Metal – “Goddess” Review

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. DOL THEETA instead is the mysterious, phantasmagoric sister of Dol Ammad. It’s a mesmerizing maelstrom that draws you down to (more…)

Avantgarde Metal – “Ocean Dynamics” Review

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 carries the cries of dolphins into the (more…)

Avantgarde Metal – “Star Tales” Review

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 synchronize your dreams which should be taken seriously so that the music can develop a maximum of efficiency.

Star Tales is my personal soundtrack to the places I always wanted to go to and imaginary alien civilizations I wanted to visit. Of course that is because my fascination and interest in the origins and depths of space knows no boundaries and everything about this album blends in perfectly with what I believe there is beyond the frontiers of our solar system and the milky way.

How does Thanasis Lightbridge, the mastermind of Dol Ammad, achieve this though? Thanasis is a fan of music in the vein of Vangelis. To refresh your memory: Vangelis wrote the soundtrack to 1492 with Gérard Depardieu, a movie about Christopher Columbus’ journey to the new world and its discovery. Whoever remembers the main theme song, the choir and epic scale of it will find it easier to get an idea of what Dol Ammad is about although the choir is pretty much the only common ground shared by these two.

Thanasis doesn’t use too many classical music elements to create his trademark spacial atmosphere. Actually almost none, let apart the choir and the horns. Try to picture it like this (metaphorically). The members of the choir are standing as the brightest stars in the nightsky and fill the instrumental explosion (big bang…) with life and soul and brings vitality into the supposedly empty infinitiy of the universe. That is to give you a picture of the musical consistency we are dealing here with. Amazingly dense keyboards get their punch through distorted guitars, the choir is lifted to a divine level by doubling their lines with horns and synthesizal frenzy. Whoever expects an orgy in terms of epic music is guaranteed to get it. However, Thanasis doesn’t always go full scale. Rhapsody’s Alex Holzwarth isn’t always there to doublebassdrum the songs to new highs of grandeur. Thanasis understands when it is time for a little break to primarly let the listener recover but secondly and most importantly to get more diversity into the course of the album.

The probably biggest strength of this album is its sheer amazing amount of quality composition and how long it takes to really learn this album by heart. I listened to it so many times now and trust me: it takes forever to really grasp this album. Not really because of its compository complexity but when you listen to the album you are so absorbed by the atmosphere it creates that in first instance you will listen to this over and over again because it’s like a free ticket to your own interstellar paradise, and for me personally, it is a place I really like to be at as much as possible. And then, someday maybe, you will want to work your way through this cosmic storm of musical elements you didn’t really care about before because all that mattered was the effect. The keyboards, the drums, the guitar, how the choir and the synths throw the main parts back and forth to each other and how it all explodes in a big acoustic orgasm that gives its listener an amount of enjoyment that hardly fits into the unpresent frontiers of our universe…

Star Tales comes in a beautiful digipack that perfectly underlines how colorful and diverse and way ahead of our time this music is. I recommend that you go to www.electronicartmetal.com right now and order your copy right away… and also get Ocean Dynamics while you are at it! That should give you enough Electronic Metal to chew on for a couple of months. Space on!

By David

http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/reviews2.php?id=154

Interview at Magic Fire Music 2010

Magic Fire Music – “Winds Of The Sun” Review (French)

Our friend Cedric from Magic Fire Music wrote a great review for “Winds Of The Sun”. Although it is in French, I hope my online translator did a good job and I’m reading it right 😛 I am not sure which Madonna song he is referring to though… *sigh I wish I knew French…

Dol Ammad – Winds Of The Sun [EP]

Par The Keeper, le 03/10/2010

Thanasis Lightbridge avant de terminer son nouvel album de Dol Ammad et peut-être de s’attaquer enfin à son troisième projet, nous offre en digital un petit EP intitulé Winds Of The Sun. Composé de six morceaux, Dol Ammad et cet EP se paient le luxe de nous offrir un petit tour d’horizon de l’univers Electronica Art Metal dans son intégralité. (more…)

Interview at Prog Archives 2010

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 way I discovered that I needed at least two more projects to explore my experiment of “electronica art metal”. I decided that the next 2 projects will also have the “Dol” word in front of them and this started with Dol Theeta in 2008. “Theeta” is the eight letter in the Greek alphabet and is the first letter of my name. I choose it mainly because I liked how it sounds.

Let’s start with Dol Ammad. Please tell us more about your first album Star Tales from 2004

“Star Tales” was a big checkpoint in my career, it was my debut album and a product of lots of hard work and (more…)