Cinematic Art Metal

Dol Theeta

Dol Theeta is my second music project and it is my vessel for cerebral and emotional journeys into our inner cosmos. If Dol Ammad venture into macrocosmic space travels, Dol Theeta philosophize on the fabrics of our existence and our psyche.

Dol Theeta are defined by deeply emotional melodies, cinematic soundscapes and evolving progressive compositions. I also like to experiment with various ethnic instruments, samples and traditional sounds inside Dol Theeta.

Kortessa’s incredibly diverse and powerful vocals combined with masterful guitar and bass performances by Demian complete the unique sound of Dol Theeta.

Dol Theeta Discography

Monad

“Monad” is my mid-life autobiography and the result of extreme introspection. The general concept of the album revolves around the potential power of the unit. The power of one.

“Monad” celebrates the victories and achievements of singularity but also contemplates the dire effects of loneliness and isolation. The eternal struggle of light and darkness. Balancing the concepts of life and death inside oneself. 

“Monad” was a very hard album to make. My personal mental struggles that led to the creation and introspective concept behind the album, combined with the global pandemic had a very bad effect on me.  It took me 4 years to complete “Monad” and it has exhausted me.  At the same time I am very proud of the final result and consider “Monad” the pinnacle of my music creations so far.

Dol Theeta - "Enchanted"

Enchanted

“Enchanted” represents my love of art and music. My initial encounter with synthesizers and technology. It is my colorful lighthouse of hope in a depressive gray world.

Dol Theeta - "Monolith"

Monolith

“Monolith” is the second single out of “Monad” and represents the project of Dol Ammad for me. A cosmic transmission of my devotion to technology and science fiction while also wondering how this project will evolve in the future.

Dol Theeta - "We Die Alone"

We Die Alone

“We Die Alone” represents my days of full blown pessimism and total nihilism. Believing in nothing is the victory of darkness and I feel this is one the most powerful songs I have ever created.

Monad Lineup

Thanasis Lightbridge
Synthesizers and Drums
Kortessa
Vocals

Demian
Guitar and Bass

Monad Credits

Dol Theeta – “Monad”
Released on the 10th of June 2022 by Lightbridge Music
Copyright © 2022 Thanasis Lightbridge

All music and lyrics by Thanasis Lightbridge

Produced, mixed and mastered by Thanasis Lightbridge
at the Lightbridge Studio in Thessaloniki, Greece between 2018 – 2022

Artwork and photography by Thanasis Lightbridge

Keep Deep

Released in 2013, the “Keep Deep” EP is a cinematic roller coaster of emotions. The main song is a 9-minute short-film-like epic about hidden truths and hidden feelings. I tried to fuse my usual electronics and metal but with folklore instrumentation from the Greek traditional music and Bulgarian-type choir-chants. The resulting music is deep in structure and inspires multiple meanings and thoughts.

The rest of the EP features an orchestral remix of “The Universe Expands” called “The Big Bang” and was a huge undertaking with tons of sounds (yes there are whale sounds inside of course) and alternative melodies to our “classic” Dol Theeta song. I am grateful to my good friend Manolis Gerempakanis who helped me with the orchestral arrangements of this beast!

Finally the EP ends with a cover version of the song “Flow My Tears” by John Downland. It was Kortessa’s idea to do this track which is a beautiful dark poem originally composed back in the English Renaissance period of 1596.

Keep Deep Lineup

Thanasis Lightbridge
Synthesizers and Drums
Kortessa
Vocals
Dim
Guitar and Bass

Keep Deep Credits

Dol Theeta – “Keep Deep”
Released on the 15th of June 2013 by Lightbridge Music.
Copyright © 2013 Thanasis Lightbridge.

All music and lyrics by Thanasis Lightbridge except cover “Flow My Tears” written by John Dowland

Produced by Thanasis Lightbridge.
Mixed and mastered by Thanasis Lightbridge and Argy Stream at the Lightbridge Studio Thessaloniki, Greece.

Artwork by Werner Hornung.

The Universe Expands

Released in 2009, I’m still trying to explain myself how “The Universe Expands” came to be. Not having a clear of finalized picture of what I was seeking to create, I put down various ideas, dressed them with sounds and improvised on top of them. In fact improvisation was key also in the way we recorded the vocals with Kortessa who would zone out listening to the instrumentals and come up with all sorts of strange phrases and emotions. For a control-freak like me, this composition approach was novel.

The theme behind “The Universe Expands” is that of the manifestation of the soul, the expansion of our inner cosmos and the evolution of our self-awareness. I wrote all the lyrics in my loneliest moments while serving my army time in the island of Lemnos and I feel the final product is one of the deepest I have yet produced. A highlight of the album was my cooperation with the phenomenal artist Werner Hornung for the artwork and photo-manipulations. His quote “The better you look, the more you see” fits perfectly both the music, art and my philosophy behind Dol Theeta.

“The Universe Expands” combines high energy metronomic rhythm patterns, soaring interstellar synthesizers, pulse-pounding bass riffs and scorching guitar work, with the soulfully hypnotic voice of Kortessa, creating the perfect epic space-rock opera.
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The Universe Expands Lineup

Thanasis Lightbridge
Synthesizers and Drums
Kortessa
Vocals
Dim
Guitar and Bass

The Universe Expands Credits

Dol Theeta – “The Universe Expands”
Released on the 25th of December 2008 by electronicARTmetal Records.
Copyright © 2008 Thanasis Lightbridge.

All music and lyrics by Thanasis Lightbridge.
Produced by Thanasis Lightbridge.
Mixed and mastered by Thanasis Lightbridge and Argy Stream at the Lightbridge Studio Thessaloniki, Greece.

Album artwork by Werner Hornung.

Goddess

Released in 2008, the “Goddess” EP was a “testing the waters” type of release. The same-titled song started life as an outsider but ended being one of the most important ones for the album. In “Goddes” and the upcoming full album “The Universe Expands” I did my first experiments with world instruments. Bagpipes, flutes, violins and other ethnic sounds were a refreshing break from the electronic sounds I was more used to by then. I believe the third track “Deathstars” is a hidden diamond, one of my favorite Dol Theeta songs.

A highlight of this EP is our first attempt into the world of music videos. Developer Harry Kalogirou did a great job creating all the visuals and editing our raw footage into a highly respectable result using the open source 3D graphics software Blender. I remember tearing down the house to install the green screen and lights while still in my first awkward steps into video-making.

“Goddess” turns out to be an excellent teaser and introduction for what we can expect on the upcoming debut album “The Universe Expands”, and is highly recommended for anybody who loves to hear a well-constructed mix of electro metal and classical music.
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Goddess Lineup

Thanasis Lightbridge
Synthesizers and Drums
Kortessa
Vocals
Dim
Guitar and Bass

Goddess Credits

Dol Theeta – “Goddess”
Released on the 9th of August 2008 by electronicARTmetal Records.
Copyright © 2008 Thanasis Lightbridge.

All music and lyrics by Thanasis Lightbridge.
Produced by Thanasis Lightbridge.
Mixed and mastered by Thanasis Lightbridge and Argy Stream at the Lightbridge Studio Thessaloniki, Greece.

Artwork by Werner Hornung.