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 a home for all those metal bands that try out new things and create their own, individual paths. It was created for everybody who is bored with the petrified spiderwebs of cliché, commerce and convention.”
Dol Ammad have already received a rave review at Avantgarde Metal and a major interview between us is currently being prepared and arranged to appear in the website soon.
Dol Ammad declare their full support on this innovative webzine and are honoured to be on board its music-adventure-seeking spaceship!
“Electronica Art Metal”… It is a self generated “label” which I always felt that fits perfectly to my music and vision. It was clear from my early experiments in sound that there are countless ways to express and evolve this vision.
If the words “Electronica”, “Art” and “Metal” were chemicals in test-tubes, I often feel like a crazy scientist locked in his illegal laboratory doing unorthodox mixings and tests. The results of the tests using these elements can sometimes be so diverse that it makes me feel like a kind of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde! Due to this fact I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to express my vision freely and in an unobstructed way, it would require more musical vehicles than just the one called Dol Ammad.
That is why it has been about 2 years now that I have the feeling of Electronica Art Metal as a Pyramid! Or like a polyhedral dice! As I see things now there will be 3 projects including Dol Ammad and their names will share the Tolkien-castle-meaning word “Dol”. (In recent researches I found out that “Dol” used to be also a measurement for pain, deriving from the Latin word “Dolor”…) These projects will be like a different side of the same coin. They will be interconnected but also very different at the same time.
So without further ado, it is with great pride that I present you with the name of my second music spaceship: “Dol Theeta” The atmospheric, meditative, emotionally cosmic and psychedelically melodic side of Electronica Art Metal!
Dol Theeta as a band will be consisted of me in the synthesizers and the drums with Dol Ammad members Kortessa handling the vocals and Dim the guitars.
Dol Theeta’s website will be located at www.doltheeta.com which is currently under construction.
The current status of the debut Dol Theeta album is in the middle of the recording sessions. We have finished recording the synthesizers and guitars. We are currently recording the vocals with Kortessa and later on I will be adding my drum parts. (I am practicing yoga and other “wax-on” – “wax-off” exercises to remember my drum chops after an army year of drumming inactivity) It is going to be an extensive album full of space emotions and huge meditative melodies!
More news as soon as the evolution unfolds…!
Over and out!
(Oh and to be ahead of any questions regarding the 3rd project, the only thing I can say now is that it will be the Mr Hyde side of me! But we’ll have to catch up with that sometime later into the future…)
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 days!
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 is an amazing programmer. He has spent years developing a state of the art 3D game engine called Sylphis3D which is even more powerful than established game engines costing astronomical amounts of money. He recently released Sylphis3D as an open-source application so those of you into game design and development should definitely check it out at www.sylphis3d.com and harkal.sylphis3d.com Thanks Harry and the rest of the guys I met during my soldier life! You really made it worthwhile!
Well now I am back to my music life and I am trying to organize my next steps which I’d like to share with you. First of all I am in the process of updating and upgrading my studio. I am very excited to make a new working environment which will include better equipment and a new analog synthesizer which I can’t wait to get my greasy-fat-fingers on!
As most of you know by now, I am working on the second project of the Electronica-Art-Metal concept. It will be a great summer full of hard work locked in the studio for hopefully an autumn release. I will announce the name of the project by the end of June or in the first part of July. There will of course be a new webpage for it (Hail Stamatis!) and it will be released by Electronicartmetal Records. Right now we have started recording and arranging artwork through an amazing new artist I have discovered. More news soon!
Regarding Dol Ammad and to answer some of your emails that I have received, I would like to clear that they are in no way “threatened” by this or by any of my other upcoming projects (yes, there will be more!). Dol Ammad will keep evolving as long as possible and I have a long-lasting vision for this project. Let’s hope that the force will be strong to let me materialize my dreams.
Right after the upcoming project we will release the much discussed Dol Ammad EP with the second cooperation with DC Cooper and some special tracks. After that the road is clear for the 3rd Dol Ammad album whose form and nature has already been materialized in my brain. It will be an amazing album…
We are updating the Dol Ammad website, starting to fill in information for those interested to research some more. We have included most of the reviews we have received for “Ocean Dynamics” and “Star Tales” here and also a selection of interviews I have given to various media through these years here .
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions regarding this website. Any ideas or suggestions? Let’s also hope that the forum will liven up again… There is big activity on the Dol Ammad’s myspace page. If you’ve still haven’t checked it out, here is the link .
Thank you all for your great support and fantastic-space-love! Don’t forget to check out the new Dol Ammad fashion with these beautiful new T-shirts.
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 with me inputting news and developments in the Dol Ammad and the “Electronica Art Metal” camp.
Regarding Dol Ammad the latest news are lots more raving reviews and interviews for “Ocean Dynamics” which has been received very well from the media and the people. I thank you all for that! I have placed some reviews roughly in the forum section of the site and I plan to register them more organized in the specific review section when I find the time.
With Electronicartmetal Records we have secured our first physical distributors for Dol Ammad. These include “Disk Union” and “World Chaos” distributors for Japan and “Code7 – Plastic Head” distribution for the U.K. This means that the CDs will start to appear in record stores apart from their online availability which is something great. For our Greek friends I would like to inform them that the Dol Ammad CDs are also available from the “Rock City” chain of record stores and that we now also accept COD (Cash On Delivery) orders if you require. Just send us an email with your order and address.
The streaming of “Ocean Dynamics” in the “Heavy-Law” website was a total success for us. More than 1400 listeners logged in that day to listen to Dol Ammad , which was the webzine’s second best number! (Thanks Antoine ;-P)
I have some more exciting news, we are in the process of preparing 2 new T-shirt designs for Dol Ammad! These will include an “Ocean Dynamics” shirt and a “Thalassa Dominion” design dedicated to the 4 part opus that dominates almost half of our second album. The shirts should be ready in March and will be added in our E-store.
As most of you must know, I am currently working on the second project of the “Electronica Art Metal” concept. I can officially announce that it will be a more atmospheric and psychedelic project than Dol Ammad and it will feature me , Dim and Kortessa in the line-up. It is another side of my hybrid-music vision and I am sure most of the Dol Ammad fans will also enjoy greatly. We will of course prepare a new website and new presentation as soon as the name and everything is in place with a clear path created. I wish I can unveil more news as soon as possible…
The Dol Ammad myspace page has been very active lately and I am very happy with that. Lots of new friends appear every day and I will try to find the time to unlock all the potential of the myspace formula. Any advice and suggestions are more than welcome for any aspect of this official website, the forum and the myspace page.
This site has surpassed the 100.000 visits, an honest number that counts from the beginning of this site in April 2002!
Thank you once again from my heart for your steadfast support.
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 clocks to 12/11/06 for the full “Ocean Dynamics” experience. Thanks a lot to Antoine Mayer for this opportunity!
Dol Ammad and Electronicartmetal Records are actively seeking for worldwide distribution deals so that you can also be able to find the Dol Ammad CDs into physical stores apart from our fully functional e-store. More news to come soon.
It is with great pleasure that I would like to present you with a new Dol Ammad experience!
• New Album!
Our second album “Ocean Dynamics” is officially released in the 30th of August 2006. “Ocean Dynamics”, a journey into the unexplored mysteries of the seas, includes 10 tracks of aquatic magic waiting to be unveiled. Once again our new album is released in a high-quality art-filled package, with a 20-page booklet featuring stunning art from Australian artist Andrew Ostin, who uses the “flames” technique.
• New Label!
Dol Ammad have signed to the only record label that could truly understand our vision: our own! I am happy to announce that we have formed the Electronicartmetal Records label to officially produce, promote and distribute the music of Dol Ammad and my future projects. Through this route I have achieved total artistic freedom, on-time release dates and deliveries and above all peace of mind! I can now focus to what is truly important: the music.
Through Electronicartmetal Records Stamatis Kritikos (one of the key members behind Dol Ammad!) has set up a very functional e-store that will handle all your orders with free worldwide shipping.
Ocean Dynamics will be initially available only on-line through our e-store. In-store distribution is under construction for the near future.
• New Website!
Since the demise of our previous website due to some very unprofessional people behind servers, Stamatis Kritikos also did some great work to create a new powerful website to house all things related to Dol Ammad. Our new forum is waiting for you to register and start posting! We can’t wait to hear your thoughts and opinions regarding this new Dol Ammad experience!
In addition to the Dol Ammad site, as many of you might already know, we have formed a My Space page for Dol Ammad at www.myspace.com. It will also serve as a Dol Ammad radio station since there you will be able to listen to full tracks, which will change from time to time, so that you can fully experience the Dol Ammad music.
• Personal Thoughts
Since the release of Star Tales, the last one and a half year has been a very busy period for me and Dol Ammad with many ups and downs, including some very exciting and unfortunately some very disappointing moments.
On one hand we have successfully created our second opus with an updated lineup. New members in the choir, a new guitarist, Alex Holzwarth’s super-tight and very challenging drumming, and of course the amazing performance of DC Cooper in the song “Aquatic Majesty” (as well as in another track that will appear in the near future!), were all moments that I will always treasure in my heart.
On the other hand the unfruitful corporation with our previous record label, the lack of serious offers from other labels and the demise of our previous website were moments that often had me facing a dead end.
However, the universal power of music as well as your support is so much greater than all those obstacles, that we are now free from any negative energy still stubbornly creative and forever optimistic!
I would like to thank you all for your support. I hope you’ll enjoy our new album and embark into countless mind-trips through it. A new adventurous world awaits you!
Submerge in Aquaphonics!