Monday, March 7, 2011

Review: Dol Ammad - Star Tales (2004, Black Lotus)

This looks like the cover of a trance album, right?
Well it's not exactly the case, but it's not far off either. Read on and find out...

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.

Official Dol Ammad Website
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