"If you come from Birmingham then it’s almost impossible not to know a couple of things about Doom. ALUNAH come from BLACK SABBATH’s own hometown and judging from their comeback “White Hoarhound”, I can confirm they do know everything there is to know about good old, quality Doom. After an impressive debut back in 2010 they set course to top themselves and obviously they have!
In “White Hoarhound” the band presents much more memorable material. Sure, this is Doom-basics but it’s done with respect and most importantly inspiration thus the album is full of hits! I also find that musically “White Hoarhound” is much richer than its predecessor. It has its heavy dark moments (“Oak Ritual II”), the groovy moments (“Demeter’s Grief”) and surprisingly some great psychedelic tracks (“Oak Ritual I)! So if you like downtuned, ultra-heavy guitars, fuzzed-out bass and punishing drums all moving to slow-mid tempo then you can’t go wrong.
To be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of Soph’s performance in “Call of Avernus”. While I still can’t claim that I am overwhelmed by her singing abilities in the new album I can assure you that she gives a special character to band and she is at least 90% responsible for this unique style ALUNAH have.
“White Hoarhound” easily surpasses the songwriting power of an amazing debut such as “Call of Avernus”. Recommended to those who enjoyed the last offering of THE WOUNDED KINGS, SUBROSA’s “No Help for the Mighty Ones” (although ALUNAH are not that Sludgy), as well as any fan of classic Sabbathian Doom."