|Eddie Lascu||16-June-2007||Ocean Dynamics|
If you ever thought that mixing together multiple styles as diverse as metal, operatic and electronic does not work, think again. Sure, there are a lot of bands these days that are blending metal with operatic-type vocals (Nightwish is one band that comes to mind, but there are others, such as Epica, Rhapsody and Stratovarious). But to add electronic music to the mix, that’s a bit unusual, isn’t it? Well, Dol Ammad does just that.
The brainchild of Thanasis Lightbridge, Dol Ammad released its second album called “Ocean Dynamics”, following “Star Tales” released in 2004. Originally influenced by the great masters of electronic music, such as Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre, keyboardist Thanasis Lightbridge embarks on a promising artistic career. Along the way, he discovers the sheer energy and power of heavy metal and starts including its elements in his creational process.
In 2003 Lightbridge crosses paths with phenom
drummer Alex Holzwarth (ex Rhapsody and Sieges Even).
They start a fructuous collaboration, Holzwarth having
a great influence on Lightbridge’s music. Together
they record “Star Tales” which is received with great
enthusiasm by a growing fan base. “Ocean Dynamics”
branded by the band as “an aquatic space opera” is
taking this musical partnership even further. Enter
the operatic style, the third ingredient of the mix.
For this album, Lightbridge uses a choir of 14
classically trained singers (7 men and 7 women). Their
voices, ranging from soprano to bass, will create a
full spectrum of dramatic emotions, comparable to
Orf’s “Carmina Burana”. The numerous innovative
soundscapes composed by Lightbridge are laid upon the
incredible rhythmic section of Holzwarth. For one
song, the splendid choir is augmented by yet another
great in the world of melodic metal: DC Cooper from
Silent Force appears on “Aquatic Majesty”, perhaps the
highlight of the album.
Dol Ammad surely must be one of the most exciting new
bands coming from Greece. I already look forward to
their next release with great expectations.
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