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STAR TALES

Dol Ammad

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3.50 | 6 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Dreamport (3:11)
2. Eclipse (Corona of the Sun) (4:09)
3. Weaver's Dance (7:47)
4. Boxed Daylight,Pt. 1 (2:47)
5. Boxed Daylight,Pt. 2 (3:00)
6. The Veil (Seven-Face Danger) (5:24)
7. Back to the Zone (4:24)
8. Master of All (5:47)
9. The Hill of Hope (7:16)
10. Birth of Kruug (3:06)
11. Vortex 3003 (4:58)
12. Mission Butterfly (10:00)

Total Time 60:29

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Line-up / Musicians


- Thanasis Lightbridge / synthesizers
- Alex Holzwarth / drums
- Jimmy Wicked / guitars
- Nick Terry / bass

Guest Musicians:
- Kortessa Tsifodimou,Alexandra Voulgari,Zoe Tsokanou / soprano
- Marieta Panagiotidou,Vicky Alexaki,Maria Stolaki / alto
- Panos Iampoultakis,Themis Mpasdekis,Alexandros Barmpas / tenor
- Kyriakos Chouvardas,Petros Moraitis,Yiannis Tsalouhidis / bass



Releases information

CD Black Lotus #077 (2004)
CD Black Lotus #77 (2005)

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DOL AMMAD Star Tales ratings distribution


3.50
(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
0%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
67%
Good, but non-essential (17%)
17%
Collectors/fans only (17%)
17%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by avestin
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4 stars A marriage of different elements

Greek musician Thanasis Lightbridge has created something special and quite original here. He calls it electronica-art-metal. It's as good a description as any to this amalgam of styles in his music.

An excellent fusion of metal, electronica and opera vocals, Thanasis Lightbridge's creation is an over the top, bombastic and dense musical product. It can be pompous and cheesy in parts (though I don't mind and even like it) with the operatic vocals giving a somewhat cliché performance. Adding to this is the art work which I dislike. However the choir of men and women singing are doing a great work giving the wide range of voices and complementing each other very well. They are heard perfectly well over the music and enhance it, even in the loudest and noisiest parts. The electronic side here is a great way to give the music its special edge and characteristic. At one point it even becomes techno music but not for long and I think that the intention here was not to create a metal album with foreign (to metal) elements, but rather a varied album with mixed elements. The marriage of those elements works very well for me.

There are some stellar musical parts in there, melodic and catchy that make me just want to rewind and listen to again. I remember that even in the first listen they stuck in my head and made me want to go back and listen to it again immediately.

One thing though and that is I always feel overwhelmed after listening to this and in need for something lighter and less intense; not to say it's a bad thing, but just to tell you something about the impact of this music and what an experience it can be. Come to think of it, a lot of what I listen to can cause this effect so this albums joins a respectable companionship.

In essence think of an instrumental fast playing metal band with great "riffage" accompanied by a choir of male and female opera singers and an electronica musician. Curious? You should be. Have a listen and see for yourself.

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Posted Friday, March 28, 2008

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Dol Ammad - 'Dol' derives from Tolkien's world where it means 'castle' and the word 'Ammad' is a Palestinian name meaning 'pillar/column'!, is the brainchild of greek keyboardist Thanasis Lightbridge. He formed this band in 2000 and since then released 3 albums under this name. Thanasis describes his music as electronica art meta, pretty much agree, because here are melted together elements from prog metal, progressive electronic, ghotic, classical music, the result is quite intresting. On this debute album from 2004 named Star tales he is helped among other by famous drumer from Sieges Even - Alex Holzwarth+ 12 part classical choir consisting of female/male members. The music is in parts highly inovative, I mean I never heared this type of music very often, this electronic melted with prog metal and above all with female and male vocalize is pretty much great, sometimes maybe are similar with Therion. The musicianship is top notch, specially in mid tempo moments where the prog electronic is more present, giving a very solid sound, great druming and great keyboards arrangements. On faster moments the band is no more so original, and in places is little cheese, but not bad. All in all a strange album, but in a good way I might say, all the ingredints to be something intresting are present. A well worth discover this band from Greece. 3 solid stars. Nice digipak with great booklet and excellent art work going hand in hand with the music.

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