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"!
Das vierte Album der britischen Band beginnt ruhig, geradezu meditativ. Der Auftakt des Albums, „The Dying Soil“ lässt einen sofort etwas entspannen und zurücklehnen. Mit nicht zu tief gestimmten Gitarren geht es, begleitet von sehr versiertem Gesang in „Light of Winter“ weiter. Zur Mitte des Songs wartet ein Solo, das eine Geschichte zu erzählen versucht. Wer sich darauf einlässt, kann sich wunderbar in das begleitende Riff fallen lassen.
„Feast of Torches“ führt den erzählenden Charakter weiter, ist dabei irgendwie groovig und macht einen wunderbar durchdachten Eindruck. Der Chor in der Mitte des Songs fügt sich wunderbar in das Gesamtbild ein. Erneut erfolgt ein Solo, das zum Träumen einlädt und schließlich wieder von einem Chor abgelöst wird. Nummer vier, „The Reckoning of Time“, wird noch einmal ruhiger, verzerrte Gitarren sind erst gegen Mitte des Songs zu hören, neben denen Sophie Day unverändert ruhig weitersingt.
Das Video zu „Fire of Thornborough Henge“ untermalt die musikalische Darbietung ausgezeichnet, der Song ist schön groovig, macht erneut alles richtig. Er erscheint wie die logische Fortsetzung der vorherigen Songs und verbindet die Dinge, die mir gut gefallen noch einmal zu einem Großartigen Lied. „Petrichor“ nimmt das Tempo noch einmal eine Stufe zurück und ist trotz durchaus starker Riffs wohl das langsamste, verträumteste Lied des Albums. Lugh’s Assembly“ und „A Forest“ setzen den Stil des Albums und der Band eindrucksvoll fort, auf „Lugh’s Assembly“ gibt es allerdings einen kurzen Part männlichen Gesangs, der vorher nicht einzeln, sondern nur im Hintergrund zu hören war.
Für alle Leute, die etwas zum Entspannen oder Träumen suchen, ist dieses Album genau das Richtige. Auf diesem Album wartet Doom Metal auf ganz hohem Niveau, ohne trotz ausgesprochen guter Produktion überzüchtet zu sein. Von mir gibt’s dafür ´ne klare Kaufempfehlung!
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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/
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