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    Posted: December 10 2013 at 06:26
And fronted by a very beautiful lady, with a gorgeous singing voice too...! Embarrassed
I'm gonna start this topic with a couple of tubes:
Here's the full text from the YouTube videos:
In the beginning of 2010 Zara was invited by Ian Anderson, from the legendary British band "Jethro Tull", to do the guest act for his show in Yerevan on September 24. During this fantastic concert Zara performed together with Ian, presenting two songs of Jethro Tull and two Dogma songs. In Ian's words, Dogma is...."The best musical metal band this side of Mars. Amazing bass player. Brilliant vocals. Searing guitar. Thundering neutron drums. This band feature instruments which are weapons of mass destruction.... Oh, to be so young."
Well, I think there may be a lot more to this band than just metal...
Dogma’s music is an extremely unique and a compound fusion of Armenian ethnic melody and progressive metal elements, which can transfer the listener from a powerful mountainous landscape to a serene apricot garden in the blazing sun. The Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine describes it as: “Aggressive riffs, ethnic vibes and psychedelic soundscapes all wrapped up with stunning delicate female vocals”.

The band was created in 2008 in Yerevan....It was found by two Armenian very famous musicians – bassist Vardan Grigoryan and guitarist Heno Grigoryan, who both played in the legendary in Transcaucasia MDP band from 1994 to 2007.
In December 2007 a young and charming vocalist Zara, who was totally unknown to the music sphere, joined Vardan and Heno. Soon after that, on January 3, 2008, Derik Vardumyan, who is a famous musician and drummer in the metal sphere of Armenia, teamed up with them.
The first private concert of the band took place on January 5, 2008, in the small hall of the Yerevan State Puppet Theatre in front of an audience of just friends, musicians and journalists. It turned out to be something impressive indeed, something rather unexpected. And this was Dogma's triumphal start.
After two sold-out concerts, private concerts in their studio and 7 well-received festival appearances (also as organizators) and active public engagement during a year, in the beginning of 2009 the band celebrated its 1st anniversary and started the studio work on the debut album, which was unleashed in December 2009 with the unordinary title "Ethnic-Methnic" to more closely depict what is inside.
As well as the association with Ian Anderson, on February 25, 2012, Dogma made part of the musical project “A to A: The World in Harmony”. The project was a synergy between the Luys Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States Embassy in Armenia, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Dogma band. Dogma presented four musical pieces composed with “Hyperscore” by the children from the United States and Armenia, led by renowned Composer and Inventor Tod Machover.
They have just released their second album "Under Dogma" at the beginning of December.
- Heno Grigoryan / lead Guitarist, song writer
- Derik Vardumyan / drums & percussion
- Zara Gevorgyan / vocalist, lyricist
- Vardan Grigoryan / bass guitar, band producer
Here are just a few of the many excellent live vids of the band, which can be accessed via:
Or just pop this 30-vid playlist into your browser address bar...and sit back:    Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2013 at 11:50
I wonder if they have album streaming online?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2013 at 12:47
Well, in a way they do - the videos on their YouTube channel from their gig at Yerevan Puppet Theater on Dec 2nd (the day before the official release) include the tracks from the new album played live.
Here are the full details of the album from their blog:


Zara Gevorgyan – Vocals
Heno Grigoryan – All Guitars
Vardan Grigoryan – Bass Guitar, Keyboard
Derik Vardumyan – Drums ,Percussion, Vocal
Serge Melkonyan –Keyboards

Music composed by Heno Grigoryan
Lyrics by Zara Gevorgyan
Produced by Vardan Grigoryan
*Black – Growling/screaming vocals by Vardan Araqelyan
*Black – Lyrics by Zara Gevorgyan and Vardan Araqelyan
*Ավազե հովազ/Sand Leopard – Lyrics by Violet Grigoryan

Recorded at “Dogma” Studio by Vardan Grigoryan and Serge Melkonyan
Mix and Mastering by Serge Melkonyan
Photo & Design by Artashes Stamboltsyan

1. Ավազե հովազ / Sand Leopard
2. Ո՞վ է տեսել / Who Has Seen?
3. Ու՞մ համար ես / Who are you for?
4. Սպասում / Expectation
5. Melancholy
6. Black
7. Հորի լորո / Hori Loro
8. Ուրախացան / Joyspread
9. Argument
10. Falling

© & (P) 2013 DOGMA . All rights reserved.

The new album is less Prog Metal oriented than the debut, being somewhat more acoustic in nature, and tending more towards Prog Folk.
Edit: If you can understand Armenian then this video featured on willl tell you a bit about the new album:

Edited by yam yam - December 10 2013 at 13:19
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