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Dol Theeta - The Universe Expands

Dol Theeta - The Universe Expands

Label : | Archive under prog / sympho metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Evil Dr. Smith : Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space!

Thanasis Lightbridge is the Greek space shuttle traveller on the bombastic metal opera's from Dol Ammad where he flashes with his oversized synthesizers like they're the light sabers of Luke Skywalker and Yoda. The hectic, full-blown power metal with choirs in synthesized Vangelis-jacket has a unique sound, but causes also quite an impact on the endurance of your ears. An accumulation of Bal-Sagoth power, Verdi opera's, Therion choirs, Jean Michel Jarre synths and Rhapsody On Fire power metal is obviously not for everyone's ears. After the overwhelming albums 'Star Tales' and 'Ocean Dynamics' Thanasis thought it was time to explore more into his introspective character profiles. He thought it wasn't suitable to release it under his alter ego Dol Ammad, so he came up with another (nonsense) band name: Dol Theeta. The fourteen people of his Dol Ammad-choir is decimated to exactly one soprano vocalist, and the amount of guest musicians is reduced to precisely one guitarist. All the other aspects of the album, namely the compositions, the productions, the drumming and the mountains of synths and keys are done by workaholic Lightbridge. This album is preceded by the 'Goddess EP' (that contains a non-album track 'Deathstars'), but now the introspective, intergalactic space metal trip takes a full hour.

If you put it simple, you could say that Dol Theeta is Dol Ammad-light; a stripped down version of his galaxy metal oratorio. That doesn't mean it contains less quality, it's simply at another place on the Richter scale. 'Ocean Dynamics' was already an album with more dynamics and balance; Dol Theeta shuffles even more into the fields of new age and trance music like Enigma, Delerium and goa-trance, both lyrically and musically. Thankfully the deep-layered, heavy production makes it not sound as scary as it probably is for the average metalhead with a natural disliking for these genres. Not in the last place by the intense metal passages, the complex drum patterns, the venomous guitar riffs of Thanasis' partner in crime Dim and a psychedelic twist which is closely connected to Ozric Tentacles, Spiritualized en The Orb. The esoteric chirps of Kortessa, a classical trained soprano with natural talent, is sheer ear (and eye) candy, and musically they don't fall in the trap of gothic metal platitudes. In 'Something Called Tomorrow' she got assistance of none other than Thanasis himself. Surprisingly he does quite a proper job. Though heavily plunged in synths and effects; his voice sounds a bit like the clean vocals of Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell and Ozzy Osbourne if he wasn't stoned, drunk or mentally retarded (so that's pure hypothetically speaking…). The same compliment can be given for his drumming. On Dol Ammad he hired Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire, Sieges Even), but with Dol Theeta he proves he can do it easily without this veteran.

The beautiful designed futuristic-psychedelic artwork (a colour explosion by artist Werner Hornung) perfectly fits this surreal outer space journey to the centre of your soul. If you want to know (a lot) more about this space trip, then we have here quite an extensive interview for you.

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