Can’t be in two places at once and decide to forgo Oficium Trist for Alunah over at Aces And Eights. Bad move on one part as the smell of pizza upstairs makes me salivate but no time for food here unfortunately, good as it smells. Downstairs there is little room to swing a cat and band and audience are tightly packed in. Alunah are happy, Sophie has a gift from a couple of audience members of mead. Obviously this is a bit of a tradition as our own writer Spenny has been known to prevail them with the odd bottle. Throat lubricated they are off and the spirit of the dark washes over us sounding absolutely gorgeous on ‘Bricket Wood Coven.’ It was akin to finding a flower in a desert and the fragrance of the song was even enough to overpower the scent of garlic wafting down from upstairs. The gentle caress of both music and vocals washes over us, powerful enough to invigorate with up-tempo moments assuring it’s never quite too far on the wrong side of mellow. ‘Light Of Winter’ is unveiled from their next forthcoming album sounding much like a blast from the past even if it does have us anticipating the future. Older track ‘White Hoarhound’ is obviously a favourite and goes down perfectly, ending an all too short but thoroughly sweet set.
Doom Metal Front
Switched over then to the Aces & Eights to not miss ALUNAH, who achieved to pull me into a state of daze and maximum relaxation with their cosy rolling tunes. Soph is still singing off the line of all those wanna-be-Jex-Thoth-clones, which is a big luck and was again a great pleasure to my ears. Thank you so much for that and for dedicating the track 'Heavy Bough' (from 'Awakening The Forest') to Doom Metal Front. Hopefully nobody recognized me turning red in the club's darkness – anyway!
Echoes and Dust
Home of metal Birmingham’s Alunah slow down the pace delivering fine Sabbathian style riffs. Always strange to see a band sound check on stage (sorry! Floor.) This may be the reason they take a bit of time to warm up, but Sophie Day’s strong, alluring vocals propel them to be an easy on the ear, enjoyable slow doom groove. Also, expecting to release a new record out this year they showcase promising new track ‘Night Of Winter’. The only minor quibble is the guitars could have been turned up a tad.