"Tons and tons of Doom Metal releases reach METAL KAOZ HQ, as 2012 approaches the end of the road, making difficult for the editors to pick this year’s top albums. Birmingham’s ALUNAH (yup, BLACK SABBATH’s Birmingham) comes to enter this gigantic list, on the right position among the others, having the purpose to spread some psych Doom words of wisdom and entertain the masses with its pretty vintage production and the female presence of Sophie on vocals and guitars. After the extraordinary taste that the debut “Call Of Avernus” left in my mouth/ears two years ago, ALUNAH return in discography under PsycheDOOMelic Records’ care and present us their new stuff, entitled “White Hoarhound”.
It seems that the four Brits chose to name their sophomore album by that gray-leaved herbaceous perennial plant called ‘marrubium vulgare’ or white hoarhound (you can find more details about this flowering plant at the Wikipedia page) and I was really curious to deal with the music and find out immediately the connection between this plant and ALUNAH’s new music.
The hallucinogenic intro of the opening “Demeter’s Grief” passes the baton right away to the Iommy-honoring guitar riffage, while the album’s strong production supports Sophie’s vocals that stand somewhere between the Utah’s priestesses SUBROSA and the BLOOD CEREMONY’s siren, Alia O'Brien. The album’s self-titled track turns up to be my latest soft spot thanks to the steady Doom-laden pace and the catchy main theme, as the fuzzy bass points towards Birmingham’s bold cliffs and occult landscapes. “Belial’s Fjord” dims the lights with the groovy ritual drumming, underlining the album’s dark atmosphere, while the guitars don’t stop for a sec to deliver riffs like a demon spiting fire and curses.
“White Hoarhound” has all those ingredients an occult album must embrace to be a real good one. Listening closely to the album’s composing work, you are gonna discover that ALUNAH have made one or two steps forward from
their debut, caring about the details that, at the end of the day, can crown a champion. My only objection is that they didn’t manage to offer something able to shake for good the foundation of nowadays occult Doom Metal scene, and that was something expected, thanks to their super-awesome debut. But that’s a price bands have to pay when release that good debuts..."