Full Review: http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/live-report-metal/p10111-up-in-smoke-festival-jour-2-04-10-2014.html
Small change in the running-order. Norway's Lonely Kamel had, at that time, invest the big stage but it was the British who come to Alunah on stage. The least one can say is that the music of English contrasts sharply with previous training. Point of stoner rock on the horizon, here is pure doom and hard to be proposed by the four musicians. And this concert so satisfying? And how! The combo starts on "Heavy Bough" title from his third album Awakening the Forest, and captivates with these heavy, dense riffs, but those long holders, and especially the sweet voice of Sophie Day compositions that brings a bit of poetry and reassurance. The contrast between this relatively massive music and discreet female vocals is truly well underway by the quartet, who knows leverage the best aspect of any element. Too bad the song is sometimes a bit drowned out by the music. If four of the songs played are taken from their latest album, Alunah will stop by White Hoarhound by offering the public the eponym of this extract. Forty minutes are allocated to the group, and the least we can say is that it is hard to see them go! An intoxicating benefit, again soon.
Full Review: http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/live-report-metal/p10111-up-in-smoke-festival-jour-2-04-10-2014.html
Midlands Rocks Live Review | Alunah, Lonely Kamel, Nat Bite & The Order of Israfel | Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham (01/10/14)
With an album to launch, Alunah were very much centre stage at Scruffys on an evening when stoner and doom were to the fore, with one interesting curveball thrown into the mix.
The darkest and heaviest band of the night were of course local headliners Alunah who had plenty of friends and family in the house for this showcase album launch show.
Awakening the Forest is their third album, and first on Napalm Records, and they’ve certainly justified their recent deal with this endearingly haunting piece of work. Two tracks from the new album started the set, the manically deep ‘Heavy Bough’ and ‘Bricket Wood Coven’.
The intro to ‘Heavy Bough’ is something approaching doom utopia with its frighteningly downtuned start sending tremors vibrating across Scruffys floor. Singer Soph Day has one of the finest female voices around – and not just in doom crop circles either. Piercingly haunting at times but always under pitch perfect control, Soph has the pleasure of performing with three equally adept musicians, newest member Dan Burchmore now firmly entrenched on bass after a year or so with the band. Dave Day coaxes all the right noises from his guitar to set the landscape for Alunah’s songs to breathe in while Jake Mason’s methodical drumming helps carve these songs into your blackened soul.
The Midlands army of Alunah fans, which I suspect is growing faster than the Selfridges queue for the Boxing Day sale, had already had a taste of ‘Bricket Wood Coven’ which the band performed live earlier in the year. It’s another monstrously heavy slab of doom with a meaty riff so tasty even a vegetarian could be forgiven for taking a bite. Soph again stretches out the dark cloak until the whole floor is under its wing, practically suffocating under the smoky signature of evil.
There was a genuine moment of surprise for Alunah regulars when the band threw in an 80s cover from The Cure. ‘A Forest’ was always one of the goth legends’ finest tunes and it was certainly done justice by Alunah who put their own spin on it. Robert Smith would surely have approved!
Alunah also threw in their old favourites ‘Belial’s Fjord’ and ‘White Hoarhound’ which never fail to melt the hardest of hearts before bringing the curtain down on a great set – and terrific night at Scruffys – with the new album’s title track ‘Awakening the Forest’, another mesmerizing masterpiece from one of the UK’s most enchanting doom bands.
Full Review: http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/alunah-lonely-kamel-nat-bite-the-order-of-israfel-scruffy-murphys-birmingham-wednesday-1st-october-2014/
Listen to Soph's interview: http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/interview-with-soph-of-alunah/
Maxiumum Volume Music Live Review | Alunah, Lonely Kamel, Nat Bite & The Order of Israfel | Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham (01/10/14)
This, though, is Alunah’s night, and dammit if the local heroes don’t deserve it. Seven years of paying their dues has led to this. The launch of album number three, “Awakening The Forest” and their debut major album release. Not officially out until Monday, “…..Forest” is a doomy tour-de-force. It’s lead track “Bricket Wood Coven” is soon into the set, it and “Mask of ….” sitting comfortably with older material. There is a real feeling, watching Alunah tonight, that the four piece know their time is now and they are going to do everything to make it happen.
It helps that Alunah are experienced live performers – having toured with just about everyone from Paradise Lost to Stone Axe, but in recent months their performance appears to have gone up a notch, and the riffs ring out just that little bit more confidently than before.
They find the time to chuck in a cover (“does anyone like The Cure?” Asks singer Sophie, perhaps more in hope than expectation) and they even make 1980s goth sound like one of their own, while “Scourge Of The Kiss” sounds menacing to follow.
Sophie dedicates “White Hoarhound,” the title track of their last album, to her mum (we don’t ask…..) and it’s huge chorus and solo, show why it was such a favourite when it was released a couple of years ago.
“Awakening The Forest” ends the set and is the perfect showcase of a band – who like most of the rest of the bill – take the great British metal of the early 1970s and give it a fresh twist. Rock folklore has it that heavy metal was born about two miles from this room. It does appear, some 40 odd years later, to be ageing very well.
Full Review: http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/alunah-lonely-kamel-nat-bite-the-order-of-israfel-scruffy-murphys-birmingham-11014/#more-684
The Sludgelord Live Review | Lonely Kamel, Alunah & The Order of Israfel | The Black Heart, Camden (02/10/14)
Second up was Birmingham lovelies Alunah. Leaning more towards the heavy doom side rather than the hard rock theming of the other bands, front woman Soph Day showed us her pipes in full force as she led the band through a slow, stoney set. Sludgelord regulars will be very familiar with Alunah. Their sound really is tailor made for our readership, and I can say with full confidence that their live sound and performance is just as stunning. Soph manages to hit every note, while the other band members keep a tight foundation of boomy, gloomy heavy. Having been at the front for The Order of Israfel, I found myself having to move back to about ¾’s of the room’s distance from the stage, as the bass was so heavy it just muffled the sound. They were also kind enough to sign a cassette tape of their latest album “Awakening the Forest”, which I highly recommend picking up a copy of!
Full Review: http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2014/10/live-review-order-of.html
"...like all events, TDDUP must come to an end at some point. I can’t be in three places at once unfortunately, so I choose to watch Alunah headline the main stage. Due to other bands playing and a few people having left to catch transport to their various homes, the crowd for the band is pretty small. Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to bother the band too much, as they deliver their bluesy and greasy trad doom with excellent presence. Their chunky rhythm guitar tone and versatile contralto vocals make for a highly enjoyable finish."
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"In light of the high saturation of great bands playing this event, headliner's ALUNAH appear to have a great task ahead of them winning over the crowd and getting them moving one last time. And they certainly succeed at this. Their crushing Stoner Doom goes down incredibly well with everyone, and although they don't exactly get any mosh-pits or crowd surfers, the heads of all assembled are swinging pendulously in unison, like some kind of drunken metronome. Their set is made up by quite a lot of new tracks, although songs like "Call of Avernus", "Belial's Fjord" and "White Hoarhound" are there to sate the needs of their fans.
1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Dementer's Grief
3. Call of Avernus
4. The Scourge and the Kiss
5. The Heavy Bough
6. White Hoarhound
7. Belila's Fjord
These sort of all day festivals are great for fans and bands alike, and in venues like the Star and Garter these types of events are even more amazing. I'd be more than happy to watch any of the bands on this bill again, and I hope that the opportunity to do so comes by very soon. Every band, from the headliners right down to the opening band, appear to be on the rise, so catch them if you can at a venue near you."
Read the full review of the all dayer:
The Unicorn, London (28th May 2014)
The Green Door Store, Brighton (29th May 2014)
The Vault, Rugby (30th May 2014)
The Star and Garter, Manchester (31st May 2014)
Till Death Doom Us Part, Lakota, Bristol (1st June 2014)
"When you go out for a night of dark deep depressing doom the last thing you want to see is the sun beaming down on you with a smile wider than Cheddar Gorge. That was the case at the Asylum though when it was very difficult to adopt the customary gloomy exterior on such a cheerful pleasant evening in Birmingham.
When local favourites Alunah took the stage they even had to contend with the flickering sun penetrating the high Asylum windows enabling us to see a little bit more of Soph and the band than we have become accustomed. Alunah have been firm favourites of the Birmingham underground scene for a while now, but like an exceptionally good pint of real ale, it’s time for others to be let into the secret.
Alunah have been a fixture on these doomy Asylum nights for a while but the good news is that the band have a tour of their own in the pipeline along with a further jaunt around these isles in support of a yet-to-be-named headline act. They were only able to squeeze in a four-song set but quality over quantity is an approach that usually works and Alunah have that in spades.
The grinding disparate pounding signalled the familiar intro to ‘Demeter’s Grief’, a chilling necro nightmare of a song delivered as always with polish and gentle persuasion by vocalist Soph. Alunah conjure up majestic wispy harmonies but while laced with the essential sorrowful doom ingredients ‘Demeter’s Grief’ has the capacity to ignite, with a frenzied mid-song escapade. The band have a new album out later in the year, via Napalm Records, and we got a taste of what to expect with a new track in ‘Bricket Wood Coven’ before finishing with two angst filled Alunah classics. ‘White Hoarhound’ has a kind of purity running through it with Soph’s haunting cries setting hairs on end but as always with Alunah the sense of evil and the hand of darkness is always within reach. With the Asylum now bewitched by the spells being cast on stage, Alunah closed with the compelling ‘Belials Fjord’. They are back at the Asylum next month along with headliners Purson, on a bill creaking with doom."
- Paul Castles
Read full review: http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/windhand-inter-arma-alunah-asylum-2-birmingham-sunday-13th-april-2014#.U1oKTFVdWE4
Alunah Live Review by Midlands Rocks (supporting Grand Magus) - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 15/03/14
"With Birmingham’s Alunah to open tonight’s proceedings, the Slade Rooms were in for a treat. That they were onstage not long after the doors opened did little to deter the many that showed up to take a listen and show their appreciation. An apt opening to an evening of diverse metal, the band hammered out their down-tuned melodic and dragging doom/psych/classic rock with all the fervour of a headliner at Bloodstock."
Read full review: http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/grand-magus-asomvel-the-vintage-caravan-alunah-slade-rooms-wolverhampton-saturday-15th-march-2014
Alunah Live Review by Midlands Metalheads - Supporting Grand Magus - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton - 15/03/14
"Musically they are fantastic; melodic doom grooves with steady driving beats. Their appeal lies in the combination of heavy music and hypnotic, but strong vocals. Singer Soph Day’s commanding voice fits perfectly into the style. Whilst their set feels disappointingly short, their final two tracks are where the band truly shines. White Hoarhound, the title track from their current album, grabs everybody’s attention and the band gives a solid performance, showcasing extremely impressive musical unity.
Final track Belial’s Fjord is an excellent finale, with talented drummer Jake Mason particularly noticeable. As it is the music that makes Alunah truly stand out, it was unfortunate that a slight crackling noise from onstage kept disturbing the performance. Whilst this was probably a minor fault, the hypnotic effect of the music is easily shattered. Overall, this was a mesmerizing performance from an excellent band."
Read the full review: http://www.midlandsmetalheads.com/grand-magus-the-vintage-caravan-asomvel-and-alunah-15th-march-slade-rooms/
Alunah Live Review by Maximum Volume Reviews - Supporting Grand Magus - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton - 15/03/14
"It almost seems a tad unfair to call Alunah stalwarts of the Midlands metal scene, but it is very nearly three years since we first saw them, low down on a bill that included the mighty Stone Axe. Here, they are again opening, as they seem to do on a regular basis.
They fact is they get these duties for two simple reasons. They are a very good band with very good songs. Downtuned Sabbathy stuff is the order of the day, and songs like “White Hoarhound” hit the right heavy groove, as does closing tune “Beilal’s Fjord” which is arguably the band at their peak. If it’s unfair to call them stalwarts, it is also mightily unlucky that Alunah are bottom of bills like this, maybe they can make the move up, because god knows they have paid their dues long enough."
Read the full review here: http://maximumvolumereviews.co.uk/2014/03/16/grand-magus-asomvel-vintage-caravan-alunah-slade-rooms-wolverhampton-15314/
"A surprisingly chilled (for a metal venue) crowd were spurred into life and movement when Birmingham doom merchants Alunah struck up their opening chords. Much is made of their melding of styles, but the Alunah sound is one best experienced live. Front woman Soph is a rare gem in today's metal scene, her style is one of a raspy Debbie Harry during the rapture era. The small venue struggled to contain the melancholic fuzz and resonating pounding bass, though that only served to reinforce the delicately juxtaposed nature of the vocals and beast riffing. These guys will be playing 'White Hoarhound' to the arena crowds they deserve soon enough"
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It’s a dark and rainy night heading over the hills into Bradford, a place I’ve never before visited, I’m always excited to go visit new venues and cities.
So we arrive at the venue, well we think so, all we knew was that it’s in the basement of an old swimming pool…horror movie plot anyone?
Anyway, eventually we’re parked and after finding the venue and making our way inside, what I find is a tiny little alternative club hidden down stairs next to a shiny Wetherspoons. It’s always a plus when you can destroy your liver at a venue without having to sell another organ or take out a mortgage. At the princely sum of £2 for a pint you can’t go far wrong.
So first up tonight is Pigwitch a band that I must admit aren’t familiar to me at all. I do try and listen to all support bands before a gig but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. What did happen on the other hand isn’t what I was expecting. I WAS expecting a shrieking doom slathered sludge attack. Which isn’t what happened at all. Instead I got bluesy, riff soaked rock and roll. Impressed I was, the band delivered a spectacular performance in their allotted 30 minutes including my new favourite track Skies! Off the band pop and I head back to the bar. Well until I have to go on an adventure!
I say adventure, I take Alunah singer Soph Day next door to Wetherspoons for a quiet chat about the new album, getting signed and public masturbation. This was definitely worth missing the first part of the set by second band Monolith Cult whom in the brief time I get to see them put on quite the performance. Heavy Sabbath-esque riffery with heaps of character and bags of fun. Despite my experience of this band being short, I definitely appreciated the performance I saw.
Onwards to Space Witch, this bunch of misfits hailing from the pottery capital of the UK that is Stoke On Trent creep onto the stage and throw down a 40 minute barrage of instrumental doom. These guys are definitely a band that have to be seen to be thoroughly experienced as their recorded material is not quite as good as the sludgy brilliance that this 5 piece deliver in a live setting. Otherworldly electronics go hand in hand with thundering bass tones and slowly sweeping riffs. Throughout this set you’re taken on an adventure around the galaxy, to a planet no-where near rainy Bradford. This trippy adventure continues to it’s conclusion as the band depart the stage.
Up to finish the evening are Birmingham psych rockers Alunah, recently signed to Napalm Records. These chaps and lady are set to make waves, Bradford is the first in a few UK stops scheduled for the band. Go see them!
Playing through a mixture of old songs and new the band set free their riffs like some musical game of hot potato. Off they fly, it’s the vocals of Soph Day that make this band so exciting to me, whilst coming across as naturally classic they also have an air of freshness to them that many psych bands could do with taking note of. Cuts from their most recent release White Hoarhound go over well with the crowd who by this point fill the tiny club to it’s brim. I’m not gonna lie, I can’t wait for these guys’ new album. I have a feeling it’ll make it to my top 10 of 2014. So bring it on!
Bringing their set to a close, I wander off, have a look at the merch, pick up a patch and 195/250 of Alunah’s new split single with drone masters Queen Elephantine and off we go, back into the rain to head back to Middle Earth, for tonight I’d be spending the night in a hobbit hole. Which when finishing the night off with tea, toast and Pink Floyd you can’t go for wrong at all.
"First up for me was a great set by doom metallers Alunah with vocals dutifully taken care of by Soph Day the sound hit you in waves of guitar and ripping bass, certainly not a downer but a great set"
- Get Ready To Rock!
"That groaning cupid’s grief doom from ‘Alunah’ brought us all into another level of dark existence"
"Dave Day was a very interesting technical guitarist, and Dave [Dan] Burchmore’s bass threatened to liquefy me via sonic attack. Soph Day is a good singer with an interesting vocal style, keeping it right on the edge of being in tune. Songs like White Hoarhound are great, and they were an interesting change in pace for the day"
- Get Your Rock Out
Thanks to the guys at Get Your Rock Out for the video interview at Hard Rock Hell VII, as well as the review and photos... appreciate it!
"Alunah was a little bit of an odd tonal shift for the second stage as it was trying to be moody and depressing. Doom metal always struggles on a festival stage, but there was definitely some talent involved; Dave Day was a very interesting technical guitarist, and Dave Burchmore’s bass threatened to liquefy me via sonic attack. Soph Day is a good singer with an interesting vocal style, keeping it right on the edge of being in tune. Songs like White Hoarhound are great, and they were an interesting change in pace for the day."
Read the full Friday review here: http://getyourrockout.co.uk/wp/album-reviews/live-reviews/hard-rock-hell-2013/hard-rock-hell-2013-friday/
We've just about recovered from our last few days playing Liverpool, Hard Rock Hell and shooting our album photos. Massive thanks to Kabir for putting us on at The Pilgrim in Liverpool, and to GOLD for sharing backline with all the bands. Also great to play with our friends in Slow Worm again.
We had a blast at Hard Rock Hell VII in North Wales the day after, big thanks to Fleur and the crew for making the event run smoothly, we had a great time on stage and off. We got off stage at 3pm, and had our first interviews at 3:30pm so unfortunately we didn't get to see our friends in Grifter and Stubb, but we managed to catch a bit of Groan. What happened next was a bit of a blur, we think we saw Skindred and Trippy Wicked before stumbling back to our freezing cold caravan. Live photos can be viewed here >>
The day after we met up with the guys from Stubb; singer Jack is creating a custom paint job on Soph's spare guitar, so we met up to hand it over. We then spent the rest of the day being guided by our sound tech Mez (and Welsh native) around Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy Falls and LLangollen shooting the album photos (and visiting the pub!) for our 3rd album. We can't wait for you to see them, they look incredible and we should also have some news on the release very soon.
Thanks to The Morsel for this short but ultra sweet review!
"Once again the trek into Tottenham Court Road and the ever personal and intimate Borderline to see German psych campaigners SBE. This is a band that seem to have been around for ever and a band that have been a major part in consolidating the German stoner scene (with Colourhaze) as one of the premier scenes in the world in recent years. So it is with quite a bit of excitement and interest that I head into this one. Also a fair amount of concern as the laid back "I'll get tix on the door" approach encounters a wobble when one website claims it is sold out. As a result I arrive early and my fears are put quickly to rest which however works hugely in my favour as tonight SBE is also supported by two bands that I have quite interested in seeing. Birmingham's Alunah and Stubb! Having seen Stubb once before I was keen to seem them again and Alunah is a band I have seen on plenty of other gig posters so interest was spiked. Bypassing a chilly red stripe at the crowbar (get one after) I settle into Alunah's set. Huge sound, droning heavy riffs and a overall great set which got the HUGE early crowd in the mood. Definitely a band I will be checking out in the near future".
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Big thanks to John Zilic at Metal Mouth (a true gent!) for this review!
"Soho is buzzing and The Borderline is filling quickly. Berlin’s Samsara Blues Experiment are bringing their own brand of psychedelic rock to London. Anticipation is high but tonight turns out to be a triple treat. Taking to the stage in a hurry, Alunah waste no time in laying down their take on doom and much more. Chest pounding riffs morph into hypnotic grooves, and Soph Day’s entrancing vocals sometimes verge on the Patti Smith style. A big wall of sound courtesy of Dan Burchmore on bass and Jake Mason on drums provides the platform; all the while Soph and Dave Days’ mighty twin guitar assault take us on a journey into heavy. Rounding off their set, White Hoarhound, Bricket Wood Coven and the punshing Belials Fjord leave me wanting more. All these years on and it seem the Birmingham talent pool is still there."
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Thanks to Paul at The Midlands Rocks for this great review of our time in Birmingham with Jex Thoth and Moghul. Photos of the gig, taken by Helen Moss, can be viewed here.
"It’s always a pleasure to catch melancholic Midlands’ doom quartet Alunah who announced themselves to a small but attentive crowd with some deep groaning bass lines that permeated menacingly around the room. Vocalist Soph has a presence and voice that is difficult to ignore and the crowd were drawn in by Alunah’s sweeping riffs and haunting melodies while live favourite ‘White Hoarhound’ never fails to permeate through the gloom like a dagger through the heart.
They have been working on some new material and while their first live performance of ‘Bricket Wood Coven’ from their forthcoming album was briefly knocked off course when Dave suffered a broken string, the hallucinogenic heaviness still shone through. Final song, the majestic ‘Belial’s Fjord,’ opened with pounding rolling drums and brought the blackened curtain down on another polished Alunah performance, throbbing with anguish and heartache, to a fitting close.
The morose Midlanders have a couple of engagements in the capital to look forward to before the rest of us get a chance to monitor their progress, when they support Grand Magus at the Slade Rooms next March."
Read the full review: http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/jex-thoth-alunah-moghul-scruffy-murphys-birmingham-thursday-7th-november-2013/#.UonZzdK-1Nc
Thanks to Dan O'Gara at Rock Regeneration for the great review and photos from our Southern Doom Crew Live gig at The Anvil in Bournemouth:
"The female fronted Alunah slow the proceedings down (in a good way) with their Sabbath tinged Doom from Birmingham. Glacial riffs and outstanding vocals, especially on the brilliant track White Hoarhound, make that the perfect ending to a very messy night"
The full review is here: http://www.rock-regeneration.co.uk/wordpress/2013/08/southern-death-crew/
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Thanks to Zero Tolerance magazine for this awesome Alunah review from when we played with The Wounded Kings, Witchsorrow and Huata at The Garage, London back in May.
"As i walk into the confines of the upstairs room at the Garage I'm immediately stopped in my tracks by the epic soulful sound of Alunah in full flight. The perfectly ponderous riffs roll out from the stage in waves while wonderful wailing leads circle overhead and hammering drum beats sit behind like portentous thunder clouds. The deep, rumbling grooves of their set fall silent all too quickly but its still a magnificent start to the evening"
Another great review from our gig with Karma to Burn, this time from the Rocking The Midlands blog. Thanks to Andy.
"Birmingham’s very own Alunah are very much the go-to band when a well-known stoner group comes to town. It’s easy to see why. Their down tuned Sabbath type grooves have been honed over the years, and songs such the title track of their most recent album “White Hoarhound” arguably deserve a bigger stage. Since we last saw the band in January - when perhaps predictably they opened for The Sword in January - they have undergone a line up change. Tonight is their first show with their new bass player and not even some initial poor sound can spoil their half an hour."
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