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Dol Ammad - Star Tales (8/10) - Greece - 2004

Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Black Lotus Records
Playing time: 62:02
Band homepage: Dol Ammad

Tracklist:

  1. Dreamport
  2. Eclipse
  3. Weaverís Dance
  4. Boxed Daylight (Part I)
  5. Boxed Daylight (Part II)
  6. The Veil (Seven-Face Danger)
  7. Back To The Zone
  8. Master Of All >mp3
  9. The Hill Of Hope
  10. Birth Of Kruug
  11. Vortex 3003
  12. Mission Butterfly
Dol Ammad - Star Tales

Best described as a mix of Classical, Metal and Electronica, DOL AMMAD have released something very ambitious, yet somewhat lacking. Brainchild of keyboardist and composer Thanasis Lightbridge, the band is comprised of the eternal guitars-bass-drums combo (the latter featuring Alex Holzwarth from RHAPSODY & SIEGES EVEN) and a 12 member choir, with 6 men and 6 women. The mixing of the 3 aforementioned styles isnít something new, but when done right, itís quite pleasing to the ear.

 

For some reason, I felt like taking out my old Sega Genesis play some Sonic the Hedgehog games, or play some Megaman whenever I was listening to this. It dawned on me after a few listens: This album sounds like the soundtrack to one of those video games, with a choir put on top. Thereís energetic rhythm guitar playing with gorgeous melodies put on top, with the Electronica influences adding some outer space-y flavour to the songs. The songs have all these subtle effects and small bits that just pop up after listening to this for a few times and that gives this album some character. The choir, unfortunately, is unintelligible and it just sounds like theyíre singing in Latin. However, I can just think of them as another instrument and view what they sing as part of the whole melodic element.

 

Not sure if it was intended that the band reminds me so much of those action games on those game consoles of old, but it does. That is a good thing, as Iíve been looking high and low for a band that makes me reminisce of those days when I spent hours playing video games with friends.

 

Recommended. Iím gonna go plug my Genesis now. (Online January 2, 2006)

Armen Janjanian



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