Dol Theeta - The Universe Expands

Released in 2009, I’m still trying to explain myself how "The Universe Expands" came to be. Not having a clear or 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.

The Universe Expands Lineup

Thanasis Lightbridge
Synthesizers and Drums

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.