The Dolmen - Nuada English:CD-review   Van Muylem    28 november 2016   The Dolmen are medieval pirates: this band comes out of the Celtic heartlands, takes the musical audience by the throat and shakes it hard. Their gigs are a big party and is very addictive! They will play at Trolls et Légendes, so time to unveil their newest album …     Lost Realms starts like a ballad, the voice almost sounds like a young Rod Stewart (but still with that raw voice). The acoustic guitar and strange background sounds gives it something mystical, until the electric guitar and drums shake it up. Suddenly I hear like Indian chants in the background, something that sounds like a sligeridoo and a hypnotic sound. We are getting close to the Celtic folk Rock sound with The Gaffa. The flute and the backings vocals gives it an hypnotic feel, whilst the guitar is rocking. I also sense a great live feel. The Devil's a Cheapster sounds groovy and dangerous, just like the title. I’m Alone is sung by Kayleigh  (a real nightingale), sounds pretty much laid down with a bit of sadness. It has a country & western feel. Godless is a fragile track, with acoustic guitar and a flute. The raw vocals fit like a glove and gives it the real feel needed. Once again the guitar jumps in and renders the rock reel. Fire in the Heart sounds like a soft rock track with an Indian feel (listen to the backings/chants). It has something catchy, despite the slow tempo, dragging you into their world (the guitar sounds really epic). Devil's Kind  goes more into rock with Kayleigh on lead vocals, the bass plays its role and yet once again the guitar is simply heavenly and o so catchy. The recording and putting up the backings the way they did it was also a very smooth idea! Blood Thirsty Queen sounds despite the title very sweet and heavenly with a country and western touch (including the harmonica and acoustic guitar). I swear I can feel the campfire and smell hot coffee, drinking it whilst dreaming away. Kayleigh does once again a great job. Echoes is a short interlude with a bit of storytelling, introducing us a bit more of the story behind the music. Azazel’s Serpent crawls slowly until the guitar awakens, whilst the vocals sound more and more like as if Arno has taken over (raw & lived through). Crimson Tears is into rock with a catchy hook and raw vocals. The flute gives it a light touch. Towards the end it even sounds like a sing-a-long track with very catchy passages and cool guitar swings. Free Will goes it in the same direction, with a wider Indian touch. Once again it will be a hit on stage with lots of feedback from the audience. It will be a hot show, I can feel it already! Invite me In could be the first sentence of a vampire, stuck at the door and lyric wise it could even be pretty close. It’s a pretty dark one, with mystical elements. Nuada rocks whilst the story comes to it’s end. Once again it feels like a great track to perform on stage. It goes out with a big bang nd introduces the angelic Past and Present with Josh on vocals (with the campfire feel and a great acoustic guitar). Yup: it’s already the last song and goes automatically back to the first track, as I simply can’t get enough of it! If you need a bit more of background info, well here it is:Taloch talking about Nuada:'When we first started Nuada for me it was almost as if I had found my soul. (But soon realized it was still lost). I was immediately caught up in the ideas and mystical plot it promised. At first we thought there is no theme to this album it's going to be a mixture of songs that covered a wide range of Dolmen music But as song ideas began to manifest we realized just how wrong we were, we found ourselves honoring the great Nuada of the Tuatha De Danann, even paying tribute to his role in the Wickerman (1960s Film) as the god of the sun etc and so ..... and then we realized we were writing about beings and characters who remained unseen lost in the shadows of the solar eye those of whom by legend unable to bathe in the glory of the sun. Spirits and forms that have travelled thousands of years with mankind but so aloof they are ghost so fantastic for the average person to perceive in their reality. This album is unlike anything the band have released, and in many ways allow us self-expression in an area we perhaps were yearning to be or even return. One thing is for sure the curse has claimed its own yet again.’ For me it was an exceptional trip, filled with different genre’s and different singers, making it very interesting! I simply can’t wait to see them on stage in Mons during Trolls et Légendes! More info about Trolls et Légendes:” - Van Muylem

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GIG GUIDE: The Dolmen's double dates, Amy Mayes' London gig, Ian Sedwell memorial night  (2) View gallery 4 days ago / Nick Horton        Don't be the last to know! Get the latest local news straight to your inbox. Sign up CONTRARY to what Morrissey may say, not all of us hate it when our friends are successful. In fact, I’m sure the majority are jolly pleased and proud to be associated with them. It’s certainly fantastic to see The Dolmen, one of the most successful bands to come from these parts for ages, do so well, not just in this country but right across Europe where they are in huge demand on the festival circuit. And it’s easy to see why, with their exciting blend of Celtic rock, medieval folklore and furious, passionate musicianship. Their new album Nuada has been getting rave reviews, not surprising really, as it’s flipping great, and there’s two chances coming up to see the band on their home patch. As the band’s frontman Taloch Jameson tells me: “It’s been non-stop for us recently with gigs in Germany and Holland. “We wanted to make a film to go with the song Free Will from the new album and the German film crew insisted we did it over there. “We managed to persuade them to come over to Portland and they were quite amazed at the setting. “We’re all islanders and our home is like a film set,” he tells me. “We always like to do a few dates when were back home, so we’re really looking forward to them.” They’re at The Rock in Weymouth tomorrow night, Saturday January 21, and the following Saturday January 28, they’re at the Old Town Hall in Weymouth. That gig is for The Shipwreck Project, which is involved in exploring, discovering and research into maritime history, something very close to The Dolmen’s heart. “If it wasn’t for Grahame Knott’s work we would have none of our marine heritage,” says Taloch, “and we’re delighted to support his efforts.” Appropriate support for the Old Town Hall gig are the hirsute harmonies of Dorset Wrecks and their sea shanties. ” - Nick Horton

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The Dolmen – Nuada   16. JANUAR 2017PLATTENCHECK Geschrieben von Jörg SchnebeleBand: The DolmenAlbum: NuadaPlattenfirma: EigenvertriebVeröffentlichung: Bereits erschienen   Video Producer Rainer “Zipp” Fränzen machte mich auf die Britische Band aus dem süd-westlich gelegenen Dorset aufmerksam.„Hör die Band mal an; sind sehr speziell und leben quasi in ihrem eigenen Universum.“ Ok, habe dann mal Kontakt mit den Engländern aufgenommen und schon dabei verstanden, was Rainer mit „speziell“ und „im eigenen Universum leben“ meinte. Hat man den typisch deutschen Pünktlichkeitswahn im Kopf, kann man mit den Dolmen schon mal verzweifeln. Kommste heut nicht, kommste morgen. Ok, irgendwann hatte ich dann das neuste Werk „Nuada“ in den Händen.Erwartet hatte ich stilistisch – wie z.B. auf der Dolmen Facebook Seite beschrieben, Celtic, Folk, Rock….Nun gut, war wohl ein Irrtum meinerseits, den Schwerpunkt auf „Celtic“ ausgerichtet zu sehen. The Dolmen machen einen sehr eigenständigen ruhigen Rock, der aber, sobald Gitarrensoli angesagt sind, sehr fesselnd und anspruchsvoll ist.Dabei erinnern mich die Songs nicht selten an Wishbone Ash. Für die ruhigen Passagen braucht man manchmal schon etwas Geduld und Muße; keine leichte Kost aber für alle, die auch dem soften Rock etwas abgewinnen können ist die Scheibe zu empfehlen. Mein Anspieltip: „Godless“ mit einem Hammer-Gitarrensolo!!  ” - Jörg Schnebele

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Here's the translation in English:The Dolmen Cosmopolitan CeltsDolmen, popularly also called megalithic graves, are neolithic constructions, who’s fundamental rocks – often there are five – carry a massive stone (cover stone). The Dolmen is a band from Dorset, which is also grounded on five ‘columns’. Together they have produced more than a dozen albums. Soon this quintet will release the new album ‘Nuada’.With the sagashrouded Núada Argatlám we are in the centre of celtic mythology. Rockmonuments and pagan heroes? That’s why we had to ask bandfounder Taloch Jameson about the spiritual side of this Celtic-Rock-Troop. “We see those rocks as a connective element between all people”, declares the bandfounder, who was a member of a circle with strong wicca-connections in the 80’s. “That’s also the reason why The Dolmen are open to various sounds, even though our music has got a Celtic origin. The five fundamental elements of The Dolmen, you talked about, are featuring: Each bandmember stands for one of the five elements: earth, wind, fire, water and spirit.”Dogmatism fortunately isn’t really British. So they complement their elementary community on ‘Nuada’ for instance by Anja Novotny, who will be known to most of you from Metusa. This guestperformance wasn’t foreseen at the point of parting her colleagues, this must be mentioned sideways. Besides the riverpirates of the Neckar (a German river) and the British islanders fit together very well. The Dolmen also don’t shiver to incorporate a piratesong, when they feel like it. “Many buccaneers were home on Portland – like us”, according to Taloch. “Because we’re interested in history and stories it’s obvious to describe some plundering. On ‘Nuada’ there’s also a song dedicated to the north American indians. Besides they gained colours for ritual painting and petroglyphs out of ferruginous rocks – with which the circle is closed. Somehow everything really belongs together.”

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