|Metal music filled with synthesizers ? Electronica music with fierce double-bass drumming ? Out of this world atmospheres with torturing distorted guitars ? Aural innovations and sound effects with an 11-member classical choir ? One thing is for certain : you've never heard anything like this before !
Born from the mind of Thanasis Lightbridge during the end of the 90s the Dol Ammad experience is truly something unique ! Being a fan of both metal and electronica music , Thanasis set target to create a new type of music , one that would please fans both from the aforementioned genres and anyone else looking for something fresh , adventurous and experimental , a new sound !
The music of Dol Ammad follows no structure . It is highly descriptive and unpredictable hence the "art" character to it . It can sound like music from other galaxies ! It can be epic , minimalistic , soundtrack-like , ethereal , fierce , energetic , optimistic and pessimistic , there are no rules and there will never be . The spectrum of influences is so wide that one can even find moments of trance , new age , black metal , ethnic and jazz !
Dol Ammad is the music spaceship that combines 3 initially very different music worlds and ultimately proves that good music should be free of rules, unprejudiced and universal. Mixing elements from the electronic, the operatic and the heavy metal music worlds, Dol Ammad have created a new universe of sounds and feelings. Their music is characterized by the plethora of sounds, the adventurous compositions and the now 14 member choir (7 men 7 women) who are the singer in Dol Ammad.
Formed in the year 2000 Dol Ammad is the brainchild of composer Thanasis Lightbridge. Growing up with the influences of the great electronic masters such as Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis, Thanasis Lightbridge discovered along the way the energetic and powerful world of heavy metal which changed the way he thought about music. Dol Ammad is the effortless result of his creative and exploring nature, giving out a highly descriptive, unpredictable and artistic sound that is totally fresh and original.
The band describes itself as Electronica Art Metal and in 2002 Dol Ammad were presented and interviewed in the Music University of Thessaloniki Greece for giving birth to a new music genre!
Dol Ammad released 2 demo CDs in 2001 and 2002 which were incredibly well received by the metal world.
In 2003 Dol Ammad recruited the talents of one of the best power/progressive drummers in the world, Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody, Sieges Even), whose input was recorded and produced in Germanys Gate Studio by Sascha Paeth and Olaf Reitmeier. Their much awaited debut album Star Tales was released in November 2004. It features 12 tracks of operatic and progressive fantasy metal lasting 62 minutes! Star Tales received amazing reviews and feedback and has opened the way to a steadily growing fan-base for Dol Ammad.
Ocean Dynamics is another unexplored fantasy trip (this time inspired by the powers of the sea) that reveals the bands maturity and evolution. Apart from the more technical and challenging drumming that Alex Holzwarth produced this time, Ocean Dynamics will feature one of the greatest singers in the melodic metal world, DC Cooper, as a guest singer together with the choir in the song Aquatic Majesty.
Seeking total artistic freedom and control, Dol Ammad have formed their own personal record label Electronicartmetal Records which will carry the task of releasing Dol Ammad's works as well as many other projects that Thanasis Lightbridge has planned for the near future.