Formed in the year 2000, Dol Ammad released 2 demo CDs in 2001 and 2002 which were incredibly well received by the metal world. In 2003 Dol Ammad recruited the talents of one of the best power/progressive drummers in the world, Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Sieges Even), whose input was recorded and produced in Germany’s “Gate Studio” by Sascha Paeth and Olaf Reitmeier.
Seeking total artistic freedom and control, Dol Ammad have since 2006 formed their own personal record label “ElectronicARTmetal Records” which will carry the task of releasing and promoting Dol Ammad’s works as well as many other projects that Thanasis Lightbridge has planned for the future.
With the creation of Dol Theeta as the more atmospheric second project of the “Electronica Art Metal” vision, Thanasis has stated that the future of Dol Ammad will be focused more on “epic” and “power” feelings!
What does “Dol Ammad” mean?
The name “Dol Ammad” is taken from one of the best PC-Games ever made, “Descent 3″ by Outrage/Interplay/Tantrum and in that game it is the name of a fuel refinery station in planet Europa. Thanasis is a big fan of the “Descent” game world and also of music bands with strange names! Etymologically however, the word “Dol” could be derived either from Tolkien’s world where it means “castle” (remember Dol Amroth) or the latin word “dolor” which means pain. (“dol” also used to be a measurement unit for pain). As for the word “Ammad” it seems that it is a Palestinian name meaning “pillar/column”. So Dol Ammad could be the “Castle of Columns” or the “Columns of Pain” ?! (Thanasis: “It’s just a strange name that I like how it sounds! ;-P)