Coming from the English Midlands, ALUNAH have been developing their very own, unique sound over the past decade that is, of course, hailing the ancestors of doom and gloom but touching me on a subliminal level where blues passion meets my utter love for natural phenomena. "Solennial", ALUNAH's fourth full-length album, makes me fly through the forest of emotions, where death and life co-exist in a neverending circle of evanescence and growth, where old trees are shadowing vast moss surfaces until they die and decompose giving space to the new born seedling collecting every sun ray that is breaking through the leaf roof, nipping at ancient knowledge that is preserved in the fertile ground. I'm watching the mystic lady, who is walking barefoot through the cadavers of time. She is breathing out the grief of existence, inhales the smell of ressurrection to receive all love of the natural gods with wide spread arms. Sophie Day's voice has never sounded this beautiful surrounded by guitars full of cosy fuzz and haunting blues, also temperate cellos that are intensifying the omnipresent mystical and dreamy aura of the whole album. "Solennial" is a masterpiece of doom causing gooseflesh with every tone, its warmness and ravishing melodies. What do love and doom have in common? Listen to "Solennial"!
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A shrill sound like a distant light in the dark, which is always bright and flash now opened the third album of the Doommetaller from Birmingham.
Then the sound carpet is rolled out, leading with "Bricket Wood coven" .to a goal. Powerful and sometimes a little scary to drive you Dave Day (guitar), Dan Burchmore (bass), Jake Mason (drums), until this "golden door". You verspürst the urge to open it, but at the moment where you would like to learn what's behind it, a voice will sound that makes you hesitate. Soph Day (vocals, guitar), the frontwoman of Alunah manages to give a rollercoaster of emotions with your voice you. Although it is often painful, and pleading sounds creates it to win with the first note you your confidence by the hand, and you can not now go. Together you'll open in another world with Alunah this "brick wood" from heavy gate.
Threatening darkness buzzing around you and with "Heavy Bough" drill the 4 from Birmingham a really thick board. The "heavy road" is the only connection to the other side about the mystical Doomfluß. Even if the Solis describe the second title the seething Unknown under you, you have the path alone dare to open on the other side another massive wooden door. Now here you years of accession together with Soph the forest.
The black is gray and the environment immersed in a mystical green. Now it is up to you to awaken together with the creatures of the forest this area to life. Again, give Dan, Dave and Jake at this time to weave your best a tapestry of sound that still sounds in "awakening the forest" gloomy, but is becoming more familiar and almost siren-like interpretation of the title can feel you like the forest in front of your "mind's eye" awakened. In "The mask of herne" Soph describes impressive as the guardian of the old park was his time being chased by the hunters and revived by Alchemy. The essence with the mighty antlers and the red coat was born.
With "Sourge and the kiss" it is then also the mystical dark finals of the silver disc. The "Black Priestess" symbolizes the power of the new. Musically you can bring the opposites of the title barely over better. The interplay between guitar and bass, which then merges. And when Soph tries with soothing but always certain voice against this musical tackle "violence", also bass guitar and settle down at the end again! BRILLIANT.
"The Summerland" comes to us then quite different in the ears and the brain. Quiet start and a surprising Soph in a pleading voice of an angel fliest you directly under the skin and in your conscience! "When I go over the meat and the bones of the earth, I will look into the sun ... the battle is won."
"Awakening the forest" Is a Doomalbum the class. Alunahs sound like a big black bird of the sun appears to us darkened and looks down on us and proclaimed the downfall. Only now and you can actually see the sun. The pefekte use of instruments with the multi-faceted voice of Soph geparrt, take with you in the apocalypse of our planet. But be careful, if you once you willing to contend with 4 out of Birmingham you do not let yourself go. I would like to compare this album with classical Impressionists such as Mussorski and Ravel. In her rather brutal, gloomy genre it Alunah create the content of this album concerns pefekt to paint musical pictures that bring the listener on a roller coaster of emotions. Interestingly, the open end for me. We ourselves have it what happens in hand with our planet. We sharpen our feelings again for the essential in life.
Conclusion: The Doomgemeinde has found your Queen. Soph Day and your colleagues were of Napalm Records sent into the arena to the scene to vigorously mix on top and play with.
Original German Version: http://www.nigrum-est-bonum.de/NEB-das-Magazin/CD-Tip
For me, as in Friedrichshain Berlin grew up, who knew the Jagerklause as gastronomy temple, the feasibility of a concert did not really erschhließen here. But I should be a better belert.
The location: appealing ambiance with a hall, billiard room, bar and an urban beer garden with BBQ kitchen. Outside, there were fresh burgers and drinks. The hall has good acoustics and serves exactly the audience about 200 +/- people (estimate), which are always less in Berlin. So I learned from the organizers dads this concert will be the last. Because the rest inclined residents of the communities so his beloved dead silence, as so often in the metropolis prevailed here. Pity!
The Concert: The Friends of Napalm Records advised me to see Alunah. Well, already during the sound check by Brain Police, I realized that the stage lighting was not necessarily suitable photo again today. So we asked our colleagues at Lichpult but for the first title of both bands may be a little more light to cast on stage. Despite promise, the young man has probably forgotten in the excitement, well, never mind. The second gig hats then works, too bad only because Alunah made the beginning. Regardless few images are yes but then come out yet. The hall was filled and after the sound check of Brain Police then entered the Birmingham 4 of the location by the main entrance.
Fix the transporter was dispelled the instruments brought to the stage the Schlagzeugkid unfolds, wired and then soundcheck. Short break for a drink and already went off. Respect. From the tour bus to the stage. The Tour stress was Dave Day (guitar), Dan Burchmore (bass), Jake Mason (drums) and Soph Day (guitar, vocals) of Alunah not noted. And then I saw my black Doomwunder. I've seen many huge gigs, whether the Power of Metal Sabaton and Powerwolf or powerful femal fronted metal by Xandria or Arkona was, but that was what was going on here, a very different, but not bad experience for me.
There were three young musicians from the Birmingham brought everything out of your instruments which went. The perfection of your Könnes elicited bass, guitar and drums a whole which takes possession of your body. As a dark current crept through the hall of the mystic, spherical, epic and brutal came over. Nevertheless, this listening experience was very pleasant and bittersweet for me. And then you began, Soph Day presents with your multi-faceted voice and her guitar against the wobbly Doomfluß your bandmates. Time your voice is pleading, sometimes warning, sometimes like angels. Who listens closely, notes that the vocals are beyond the pull of instruments to try and work out elsewhere in this or seems to float above the band.
In short, Alunah bring the audience with the first note on the edge of the stage from, and can not get rid of the listener. So fans and band part of beautiful dark pictures will paint the four musicians on stage akusstisch. Alunah presented with your new album "Awakening the Forest" is a concept that goes deeper than the 4 anyway does the perfect Doom. The complete CD - review can be found HERE!
Conclusion: The Doomszene has a queen and if Alunah stands for Doom, then here comes the soundtrack to the "downfall". Who has the courage to immerse themselves in the Birminghamern and kidnap musical, is coming their money at a Alunahkonzert.
Original German Version: http://www.nigrum-est-bonum.de/NEB-das-Magazin/LivErlebt
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The doom/stoner rock genre – heavily influenced by the hippy few that came up with ponderous snoring and echoing guitar sounds in the sixties and seventies – has made a ravishing comeback in recent years, with the Dutch Roadburn festival as yearly occult high mass. Napalm Records also signs bands of that ilk continually. They present us now Alunah, a quartet hailing from Birmingham (where Black Sabbath was born) with their third studio album ‘Awakening The Forest’. The wood ghosts have done their work properly; the six lengthy compositions are true ear candy. By the way, they entered the studio with Esoteric guru Greg Chandler. This assures us of a not too marshy, yet heavy as molten lead sound.
Earlier this quartet – with married couple Sophie and David Day in their ranks – drew some attention with ‘Call Of Avernus’ (2010) and ‘White Hoarhound’ (2012). They shared the stage with bands such as The Sword, High On Fire, Orange Goblin and The Wounded Kings. Due to female vocals they hold the means between the latter one and Avatarium, but in the end Alunah (founded in 2006 and until 2008 called Aluna) can be labelled as traditional doom metal with bluesy overtones.
The slightly psychedelic aureole, the relaxed, nearly sultry vocals of Sophie and the slow pace prevail in all of the songs, but the true charm of Alunah is that they regale their compositions – varying from six till nine minutes long – with sophisticated twists and turns and intermezzos that draw your attention. Bas intermezzos with interaction of drums, vibrating soloing that really come from the heart and the art of working towards climaxes are moments that you realize that Alunah has more than average talents. This is completely utilized all the time, that’s why ‘Awakening The Forest’ turns into a delicious listening experience from start to finish. No dull monotony with these tree surgeons (according to the title), only an empyrean slowing down from hectic life on the sounds of their captivating music. This hovercraft experience through doom land can be highly recommended!
Was has BLACK SABBATH, GODFLESH, NAPALM DEATH, JUDAS PRIEST, BOLT THROWER, DIAMOND HEAD, CATHEDRAL und LED ZEPPELIN got in common?
True, they come from Birmingham, the fully applies therefore rightly regarded as the birthplace of heavy metal. Whether also the "Brummies" of ALUNAH some day someone will remember for?
A certain recognition value alone is given by the voice of front woman and Rhythm guitarist Sophie Day. The lady uses her body resonance, sounds like the stronger sister of Jessica Toth (JEX THOTH), with their music, anyway ALUNAH can best be compared. In contrast to the always clouded Californians sound Mrs. Sophie, her husband David, drummer Jake Mason and the newly added bassist Dan Burchmore, however, significantly reduced. Psychedelic is ALUNAH sound not much to feel, but the long, carried by grave stone heavy riffs songs always inherent in a certain warmth that preserves the melancholy mood in front of slipping into Depressive. Best example: 'Heavy Bough', which is a hot favorite for the Doom Song of the Year with his Groove, David Greg Mackintosh Memorial leads and the simply fantastic chorus.
Unfortunately the rest of the material reaches these heights (or depths?) Only in phases. 'Bricket Wood Coven', reminiscent of the BLACK Sabbath birth opener is also to settle on nine-level, and the eponymous, decorated with fine double-Leads 'The Forest Awakening' stirs the heart doomverliebte. 'The Mask Of Herne' on the other hand knows neither how to tie the two long tracks at the end, while the final, halbballadeske 'The Summerland' releases after all a wonderful relaxing song.
Bottom line ALUNAH is on album number three, a further increase succeeded with the quartet should establish in the international class. The jump in the DOOM World League is probably just a slice (and a few tempo variations).
Original German Version: http://www.streetclip.tv/magazine/details/reviews/article/alunah-awakening-the-forest/
With a title like "Awakening The Forest" like so many a possibly, certainly not without reason, a Band with more or less folkigem impact expected. In the case of Alunah themselves are those, however, quickly duped see, because the British quartet waits with frills and indigenous Downtempo cathedrals, on the intersection of Doom and Stoner.
"Awakening The Forest", the third album of the band reveals everything after first listening to what may delight the heart of any genre-savvy. Tons-heavy sounds are making their way determined in the Stomach, with dry, almost apathetic-working percussion and a rhythm guitar, bass the a constant competition offers. Added to join but also groovy leads that make it clear why this the term Stoner can not be beat. Individual passages may here recall even at Down.
Viscous, like boiling lava, the individual songs roll ahead and spread it in about the same cheerfulness. This was, however, not mean that Alunah in the mourning and grieving for example, My Dying Bride expire, no, you may call their songs rather than mystical. And with that, with a lot of reverb provided, singing the Fronterin Sophie - by the way very formative for the band, I think - lives the songs also hold something imploring. In this respect, the album title is obviously not a mistake!
So Alunah bring with absolutely no bad conditions, a fully convincing album submit. However, they weaken nor where it just create bands like My Dying Bride, at the crucial Torque to attract the pace and thwart a brute insert the expectations of the listener.
The songs dare from the old verse-chorus-bridge schemes scarcely out and remain on continuously the same level, without the attention of the listener to grasp particularly strong in certain times. Well Doom is of course not known as fireworks high spirits and this claim should also are not provided. But also for a Doom album drop some songs from quite monotonous, it happens simply too little. The duration of partially eight to nine minutes per song, therefore turns out if already said sometimes a lengthy affair even after half the time everything would. This is followed Alunah have therefore to file yet, the potential to bring with Undoubtedly yes.
A neatly produced and sound-huge Doom album, which is still too little dares, as it actually could. Low-oppressive guitar riffs, a voice recognition and a continuous Atmosphere undoubtedly pose a strong attraction, which also has the entire game away in the future
German Version: http://www.metal-only.de/reviews/2014/okt/Review-Alunah-Awakening-The-Forest-2014.pdf
Oh, what I've been looking forward and what I celebrated when I heard about the upcoming release of this disc! After two wonderful albums responds with "Awakening The Forest" a band again, who knows how masterfully one to miss these goosebumps you get when you can let yourself fall right into the music.
Alunah represent a special kind of Doom. Raw, traditional, deep and always a little wistfully. The four-piece band from Birmingham rumbles with deep stringed instruments in best "iommischer" style; the drums so present with powerful accents. This is the Birmingham Classic!
Who has not heard the band before, which is certainly - as with the previous posts - surprised at the huge wall of sound and sound that arises when Soph Day of with their fine and clear voice echoed through the deep valley Dooms sings away. The effect is magical. Huge contrast, the simple but natural.
So the English invent anything new - neither the genre nor themselves Nevertheless, one can not say that they would simply continue the brilliant predecessor "White Hoarhound": Most likely at older material is reminiscent of the first song "Bricket Wood Coven".. The differences are subtle, but noticeable already here: The songs seem more confident, even thicker and more massive. This is clearly the latest on "Heavy Bough" right after the opener or the title track.
Alunah Promo 3Insbesondere Sophs spouse, Dave, resolute attacks on the strings and returns to "Awakening The Forest" solos and more generally provides a clearer and more vivid green front melodies. This becomes clear already mentioned in the title track, but also very powerful in "Mask Of Herne", which starts very hard and only later open and thereby makes more room for the sensational tunes free. Huge!
That the band can be somewhat quiet, evident in the last two songs. Here Alunah are becoming less sluggish and rough. "Scourge And The Kiss" is almost a tribute to great Sabbath-times and "The Summerland" shows very dreamy and unexpectedly clear. The previously mentioned melodic vein explodes again formally here. But Doom was thanks: Towards the end of the beloved gravity keeps reentering!
Moody and mystical rolls Doom yes more often then, but this band goes on. Their music is romantic, dreamy. Earthy and balanced.
With "Awakening The Forest" is Alunah have increased. "White Hoarhound" and "Call of Avernus" were great, but with their new album, they outdo themselves and it is only to be hoped that they are able to secure a place among the greats of the scene! Oh yes, they have earned it! .... (Colin)
German Version: http://rockblogbluesspot.com/2014/10/07/alunah-awakening-the-forest/
The band Alunah connect gloomy doom metal with the intensity of a female voice. Deep, droning guitar riffs, Diplomatic precise percussion and melodic solos of guitars elicit the genre the monopolizing power.
The songs with an average playing time of between six and ten minutes shine through varied and complex arrangements that sound never boring despite some sweeping repetitions.
About this richly detailed songs sits the unmistakable distinguishing feature of this group: the profound, ohrenschmeichlerische voice of the talented singer who manages to breathe life into the majestic compositions and lyrics on supported manner.
"Awakening the forest" is the best doom metal tradition that can take their audience from one mood to another. An album that excited!
German Version: http://musikrezensionen.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/alunah-awakening-the-forest/
Nicht nur aus dem Land, sogar aus der Heimatstadt der Genre-Gründer BLACK SABBATH stammen ALUNAH, die mit "Awakening The Forest" bereits ihr drittes Album veröffentlichen. Und man kann attestieren, dass die Band um Frontfrau Sophie Day diese vererbten Gene der Urväter im Blut haben.
"Awakening The Forest" erfreut mit erhabenem, typisch britisch relaxt und unaufgeregt zelebriertem Doom Metal, mit Psychedelic –Einsprengseln und Stoner-Rock-Groove-Elementen. Im Mittelpunkt steht der hervorragend ausdrucksstarke, melodisch-entrückte und kraftvolle weibliche Gesang von Sophie, was immer wieder an JEX THOTH erinnert, wobei ALUNAH deutlich rockiger und weniger psychedelisch zu Werke gehen, oder auch THE WOUNDED KINGS. Gerade mit dieser bezaubernden Stimme können sich die Briten von vielen ähnlich gearteten Bands, die ebenso von PENTAGRAM, BLACK SABBATH und CATHEDRAL beeinflusst sind, abheben, ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal ist das aber schon lange nicht mehr. Die epischen Stücke mit den schwer schleppenden Grooves und prägnanten, verzerrten Riffs zeigen sich verglichen mit dem stilistisch gleichen Vorgänger "White Hoarhound" (2012) intensiver, melancholischer, heavier und atmosphärischer. Besonders hervorzuheben sind der majestätische Opener "Bricket Wood Coven", das psychedelische "Heavy bough" und das träumerische "The Summerland". Natürlich definieren ALUNAH das Genre nicht neu, aber zumindest können sie eigene Akzente mit dem von Greg Chandler (ESOTERIC) gut produzierten Album setzen.
ALUNAH haben mit "Awakening The Forest" ein wunderbar atmosphärisch dichtes, zwischen groovender Heaviness und verträumter Leichtigkeit angesiedeltes Werk gelungen. Stark!
Not only from the country , even from the hometown of the genre - founder BLACK SABBATH come ALUNAH who already publish with " Awakening The Forest " their third album . And we can attest that the band around singer Sophie Day have these inherited genes of the forefathers in the blood . " Awakening The Forest " pleased with raised , typically British relaxed and unexcited , celebrated Doom Metal with Psychedelic -Einsprengseln and Stoner - rock groove elements. The focus being ALUNAH much more rock and less to go psychedelic art, or even THE WOUNDED KINGS is the ideal expressive , melodic and ethereal and powerful female vocals of Sophie , which constantly reminded of JEX THOTH . Especially with this enchanting voice , the British can choose from many similar type bands that are equally PENTAGRAM , BLACK SABBATH and CATHEDRAL are influenced , stand , a unique feature is the but long gone . The epic pieces with the heavy slow grooves and incisive , distorted riffs show up compared with the same stylistic predecessor "White Hoarhound " (2012 ) intense , melancholic , atmospheric and heavier . Particularly noteworthy are the majestic opener " Bricket Wood Coven ," the psychedelic "Heavy bough " and the dreamy "The Summerland " . Of course ALUNAH define the genre is not new, but at least they can set their own accents with the Greg Chandler ( ESOTERIC ) well-produced album . ALUNAH have with " Awakening The Forest " a wonderfully atmospheric density , located somewhere between groovy heaviness and lightness dreamy work done. Stark !
Thanks to Robert Müller of Metal Hammer Germany for featuring us in "The dead corner" ("Der Tote Winkel"), a feature talking about 5 new albums he has recently discovered, and of which are now part of his favourite playlists. This time he's discussing doom metal, and has been very kind to include Alunah!
"Let's stay on the island and bring a formula into the game, which enjoys a certain popularity: Seventies-riffs and a female singer. Both what ALUNAH have, but their second album WHITE HOARHOUND (Psychedoomelic) rocks the whole occult rock pile neatly in the corner. Straightforward Black Sabbath worship with equally straightforward songs and fine emotional moments, a timeless piece."
Thanks so much to Andreas Stappert of Rock Hard Magazine in Germany for the awesome review!
"Pleasantly relaxed island-Doom with front lady. Coming from the English Midlands, ALUNAH celebrate on their second album a completely unagitated, knee deep rooted in the seventies, with various psychedelic sprinklings and Stoner-groove elements garnished genre variant. Through the melodic- engrossed vocal style of singer / guitarist Soph Day, here and there memories of Jex Thoth become awake. But unlike the Americans ALUNAH sound much less psychedelic and rock significantly more straight. Best fits the comparison with the Brit-Doomsters The Wounded Kings, because in both bands the Black Sabbath and Pentagram influences similar clearly come to the fore. ALUNAH dooms here but despite all heaviness on a pleasantly dreamy level."
(translated from German)
"I only had to ALUNAH to bump the nose. But even with the reference song White Hoarhound the British have played in my heart. There are classic with a dash of psychedelic doom Stoner Metal, in the style of old Saint Vitus and Pentagram, or Cathedral. In dominating the enchanting sublime voice of Soph Day, which reminds me of Jex Thoth. Indeed, it is especially the vocals, which imprints a gradually downright hypnotized and ALUNAH this unique stamp. Soph's voice is clear and strong, not too high or too deep, lined with a little reverb and fits the music perfectly!
As for speeds, ALUNAH remain moderate. They neither falling into stasis doomy yet they break speed records. Nevertheless, the British are on their second album quite varied. My favorites on White Hoarhound are the title track and Belial's Fjord, which initially starts out very rhythmically with tribal-like drums, and then is pretty rough. ALUNAH can also gently, like the semi-acoustic Oak ritual proves the first.
Compared with the debut of Call Of Avernus is ALUNAH have evolved tremendously over the past two years. What began as unexcited influenced Black Sabbath 70s rock was ground to White Hoarhound a classic of British Doom Metal. A great album! If the Terrorizer says this is ALUNAH the future of the Doom Metal, I could not agree more!"
(translated from German)
The band Alunah existed since 2006 and has been a. Already with some of the greats, such as Paradise Lost, on tour An album already exists and goes by the name "Call of Avernus". The second album, "White Hoahound" is already released in the UK on the market and is now in Germany. When the album name I first consulted a dictionary and look to see what that means. Horehound, the translation, is a mint, but why you have to call just one album ... well, yes it is the band left.
The album features good Sludge is played, where you can also discover psych elements from the 60s that anything with distorted bass and classical guitar solos. The song is awesome, if at first perhaps used to. The speed of the whole story is slow, with me then opened, why some of the tracks exceed loose the 7-minute mark. But that is the style of this band. It is building slowly on Klanwände what makes everything very, very tight and seem barely has room for interpretation. The rhythms and chord sequences are almost hypnotic, I can imagine almost even as the guitarists on stage and slowly swing gaaaaanz their hair. Protects the neck, too. At first I can not find any access to this disc, slowly I came even to nod and found the rhythm, the guitars and the vocals well. Despite the massive title lengths. The lyrics deal with plants, rituals, fjords and the midsummer. This is something really more of the Celts and of bands who worship Thor and not other Christian figures. The mixture looks rather interesting and consistent and you will find nothing superfluous, even if I had to find the plate only often go through my head before I could come to this decision. Anyone interested in this now-reviewed disc can all listen on the Bandcamp account the tape and judge for yourself.
5/6 points (J. André)
(Review translated from German)
Female vocals is a phenomenon which is becoming the folk / psychedelic / Occult / doom / retro rock constant popularity. That is also when listening to ALUNAHs "White Hoarhound" understandable, because the quartet does not only have rock solid, slow rhythm work and very nice, reminiscent of Saint Vitus' Victor Griffin guitars, but mainly by the very, very nice clean vocals of frontwoman Soph . S celebration of melancholy that comes crawling deep and sluggish from the boxes is brightened by Sophs voice indeed, but never completely loses her sad and melancholy component.
Entry is elegiac, with "Demeter's Grief". Demeter, in Greek mythology, the goddess of agriculture and fertility, must
have experienced a series of bad harvests to sound like the album begins. From here on it's the title track downhill.
Majestic and epic, yet almost mythical Nordic's going on "Belial's Fjord", where ALUNAH bring their folky side pleasant advantage. My favorite is the two-part final piece "Oak ritual" that could constitute a small nod to Sydney / Australia, where also blessed with a gifted singer RITUALS OF THE OAK similar music-making songs that
are as for the refinement of cool horror movies actually impose. Who appreciates BLOOD RITUAL and WOUNDED KINGS estimates also estimated ALUNAH. All other an unbiased ear pre-listening is recommended.
(Translated from German)
Rating : 11/13
ALUNAH latest album "White Hoarhound" is like a blow between the eyes. PENTAGRAM moderate the metal is awesome. Are the main message of the music could be: if you can see something, you must not touch it too! ALUNAH are rough, dirty and nasty.
And to all yet to miss the coronation, there's the "White Hoarhound" even somewhat melancholy. For all other songs but it's more accurate to doomy affair with ruthless drums, striking riffs (this is particularly 'The Offering' highlighted) and promising arrangements.
So here is: blast the music and enjoy! But look out, here it is easy to lose control of the brain and body. Conclusion: Stop crying and you go buy the damn album.
Doom Metal is by now a fairly wide field, and since the days of Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General and Count Raven much has changed. Especially shone a time stamp "Doom" on a lot of publications on first listen fit is not so in the set up by the founding fathers sound training Balden. Mixing with death metal, or even Gothic promoted a real spectrum light to sound worlds that still only to look hard.'s no wonder, then, that in this variety also female fronted doom metal is that my old chauvinist remained so far from his mind. Not because I'm so ne olle Nazisau who thinks women belong behind the stove, but just out of personal taste out, thanks to which I a gentle female voice never looked so close to dark and heavy music.
The band Alunah from the UK is a Doom combo with a singer on the mic.'s music can be somewhere between classic Doom and Stoner Metal lane is dominated by ultra-heavy guitar riffs, some significant psychedelic sprinklings and a depression-causing slowness. When the first notes of the opening track "Demeter's Grief" to swell ominously out of the boxes, you'd expect at any moment a tube-style one Messiah Mercolin or Scott "Wino" Weinrich, but Nope: Soph Days no less powerful female voice recites the verses of the Greek goddess of the harvest almost plaintively, as in a ritual I have to admit.! I was surprised the medications manual times not again Read and feel the side effects get. Initially irritated me that because Alunah thus leaving my usual listening material. But as an open music lover I was fair enough, the disc then play again. Meanwhile she has surely a dozen runs on the clock and I must say : Chapeau, Mrs. Day, they do their job "remarkable well".
At the latest with the title track "White Hoarhounds" me the artist from the rainy England in their world had caught that reminds me more and more of an induced by pagan rites drug intoxication. Maybe the reason of magical moments like the beginning of the third song, "Belial's Fjord ", which can result from hypnotic drums and brutal guitar riffs slowly swirling a deep lament that Day's voice brings to full fruition.
Perhaps the impression even from song titles like "The Offering" or "Oak ritual". The latter consists of two parts, one is first intoned with delicate acoustic guitars, Hammond organ sounds and the singing and the second part comes along then as a ten-minute doom epic including a long break and mysterious ending. The musicians thematically anyway probably a little with the pagan past of their island and run all sorts of studies involved in occult realms. To what extent issues in the field of the Wiccan faith with built in, I dare almost as a layman in this field, not to judge, but I would be surprised if, in a singer not the female side would also find that content emphasis. "White Hoarhound" I liked only one reason, at first hearing, and not immediately as this is pretty subjective, I can safely ignore it in my final conclusion.
Overall Alunah namely make a pretty good piece on the floor doom and manage to transport a lot of spirituality and emotions in their sombre tones They remain exciting, despite the delays and are independent enough -. alone is thanks to the charismatic front woman - to be not a simple clone as it was on an album by Saint Vitus times. "?
You are the children of doom and we are your fathers. " Sure, but this child has grown up.
(Translated from Germany)
"Long, heavy guitar riffs. A female lead vocal, which works dramatically cumbersome by the lyrics. Sombre, melancholy mood. All that distinguishes the band Alunah which is Doom Metal home. Six years pass band and a series of live performances lead to the unofficial coronation of "The Future of Doom" by Terrorizer Magazine. The release of their second studio album, "White Hoarhund" should prove whether this high praise for the four-piece band around front lady Soph Day is justified.A total of 48 minutes of playing time before seven gaping gloomy melancholy songs have been immortalized, competing specially.
"Demeter's Grief" begins cumbersome and can be a lot of time to get started. After about 40 seconds, the first tentative drums around which meander aforementioned eternal sounds of the guitar. The deep bass sound with the complains of a deep rumbling tones of cargo. The last crucial element, the lead vocal classified himself in a higher pitch, giving the sound a subtle brightening that dissolves directly through textual severity. The overall sound of the band fits together like a gear and creates an almost eerie tense atmosphere, which you can not escape. The title track "White Hoarhound" takes on the shaft with the depth and spins the spiral. Just as "White Hoarhound" grab the songs into each other voices. The bass, which must be set to low point is, while supporting the front direction. Despite album Cross, atmospheric mood one discovers on his journey always new bright spots and enjoying this. Especially the blonde singer Soph Day understands the charm of her voice succeeded in the pauses of the thundering guitars and embed it to suggest anything between melancholy and hope.
"White Hoarhound" is an interesting album that can be made with few nuances much and the receiver can pick up despite a similar sound - provided he allows it. Not everyone will appreciate this dark genre of Doom well. Fans of this style, however, are bound to find their pleasure in the album from which no song can stand on its own, but in which the whole work should be evaluated.
Playing tips: "Demeter's Grief" and "The Offering"
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MFC, Coevorden (NL)
Sunday 7th May
Route 66, Dusseldorf (DE)
Monday 8th May
Music City, Antwerp (BE)
Tuesday 9th May
Kurzbar, Mannheim (DE)
Wednesday 10th May
Immerhin, Würzburg (DE)
Thursday 11th May
Coq d'Or, Olten (CH)
Friday 12th May
Bloom, Mezzago (IT)