Thanks to Rock Stoner Radio Colombia for taking the time to interview Soph earlier this week. You can listen to it here: http://rockstonerradio.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-21T06_46_35-08_00
"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"
Listen to the interview:
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.
Thanks to Jo and Graham at Gothestro Radio for coming down to our Bradford gig on Saturday 8th February, and taking the time to interview Soph and Dan. Listen to the interview here >>
Alunah are a band from England that plays a mixture of sludge, stoner and doom metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "White Hoarhound" which was released by Napalm Records.
The album starts out with psychedelic sounds and heavy distortion as well as some voices before going into a heavy doom metal direction along with some melodic female vocals and you can hear melody in the music along with stoner rock style solos.
As the album progresses the music gets more heavy, dark and retro sounding and the guitars and
bass bring a lot of power into the music as well as a great amount of distortion effects which really
bring the 70's feeling that is displayed on the record while the vocals remind me me of early 80's
doom metal and the music stays in a slow direction throughout the recording while also showing diversity all at the same time and on the 6th song acoustic guitars and synths are added into the music and the album closes with a hidden psychedelic track.
On this album Alunah take the 80's epic doom metal sound and they update it with modern elements of sludge and stoner rock while also bringing in influences from psychedelic music to create their own sound and they never go into fast or mid paced sections and this album is one of the best doom metal albums that has come out in years.
Song lyrics cover paganism, occultism and mythology, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as most of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Alunah are a very great sounding mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band.
RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dementer's Grief" "Belial's Fjord" and "Oak Ritual II".
8/5 out of 10.
We've recently been busy writing our third album, which will be coming out later in the year on Napalm Records. We've been tucked up in our small, draughty hut in rural Warwickshire and to stop us going completely insane we're venturing out on the following dates, which include a small 5 day tour. We'll be playing with such awesome bands as Windhand, Purson, Grand Magus, The Vintage Caravan and Monolith Cult so we really do hope to see you! Check out our Gig page for Facebook event links.
Some time ago I recieved an email with a news story for Leftovers about this band Alunah. It was to announce that they have been signed to Napalm Records and would be releasing new music in the new year. So I checked them out. I've been hooked ever since.
If you visit the Axes Leftovers Facebook page (as you all should be!) you would see that I share their music often. As we eagerly await their new album, I had the honor to ask the lovely Soph Day a few questions. And it went a little something like this...
For those who don't know, how did you all come together to create Alunah?
Dave and I have known each other for years. We met Jake back in 2006, I gatecrashed a jam they had organised, started singing and Alunah was born - a couple of years later I started on second guitar. Dan joined on bass in 2013 after our previous bassist left.
I've been listening to both 'Call of Avernus' and 'White Hoarhound', both great albums. Which album would you say best showcases the band in your eyes?
Most definitely “White Hoarhound”. I don’t see anything wrong with “Call of Avernus”, I just believe that we found our sound on “White Hoarhound”, and the song writing is a lot better. We tried new things, and experimented more in the studio. I think we were more confident on that album, and believed in the songs more.
What is the song writing process for you all like?
Pretty easy going really, one of us (mainly Dave) comes up with a riff first, and we jam it out which generally tells us where in the song it will go. We play around with the structure and I put my vocals to it. I always know if the riff is a keeper, by how inspired I am to write the melody. We’ve never fallen out writing a song (yet!), we all have equal input and it’s a pretty nice process.
You've just signed a record deal with Napalm Records and have a new album coming out in 2014 and it's looking like you may have a busy year coming. How far along are you into recording and how is the new material coming along?
We’ve recorded some demo tracks for Napalm to get a taste of the new songs and direction, and they’re really happy with them. We’ve finished writing maybe 3 songs, and halfway through another 3 so it’s coming along really nicely. This is by far the most enjoyable album we have written, it’s cool to have some fresh input courtesy of Dan. We’ve already got a load of gigs booked, but have had to turn some down so we can really concentrate on the new album. We hate to do that, but at the moment we need to focus on writing rather than rehearsing for gigs.
What are some of your influences both musically and non-musical?
Music-wise we like a lot of the same bands, and also disagree on a lot of bands. I’d say collectively as a band we try not to be too influenced by other music, but it is quite difficult to avoid. We love a real mix of bands such as Black Sabbath, Heart, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Opeth, Iron Maiden, Type O Negative, BB King, Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard and Acid King. Personally I’m really loving Jex Thoth, Rose Kemp, Monolith Cult, Witch Mountain and Purson at the moment. A couple of us are interested in such non-musical subject matters as paganism, the occult, nature, mythology, and English history etc
When you first started as a band, how hard was it to get your foot in the door of the music business to the point where people were starting to pay attention?
We found it pretty hard to get our first gig, but once we’d done it we played anywhere and everywhere, we weren’t picky! There weren’t as many “stoner” and “doom” promoters then, so we were playing to general rock and metal fans. Our 3rd gig was supporting doom legends Trouble; we were shit but it was an eye opener for us and we learnt a few lessons from it. Not long after we supported Paradise Lost and went on tour, but we had no interest from labels. So, Dave and I set up Catacomb Records to release the debut Alunah EP “Fall to Earth”. We released that EP, a 7” vinyl and debut album through Catacomb. It really helped us get our music in front of fans, established labels, as well as the press. Any band thinking opportunities come easily needs to seriously change their mindset, you’ve got to be pretty lucky to come from nowhere and get on a big tour, or label. Saying that, I prefer the way we have done it - the more shit you go though, the more you appreciate the good stuff!
What in the music business would you change if you had the chance to do so?
Well the main thing we noticed when we toured Europe last year, was the sheer amount of people coming out to the gigs. We were also shown amazing hospitality from the promoters, and paid well for our time. Some of the gigs we play in England are poorly attended (for example, the High on Fire and Saint Vitus gigs in Birmingham that we did), and in some cases we have to fight just to get some petrol money. We work with some awesome promoters, who really do work hard and spend a lot of their own money to put bands on... for hardly anyone to turn up! A friend of ours loses money a lot of the time, but loves promoting so continues to do it. So, a bit more consideration and support for smaller bands and promoters over here would be nice. Napalm Records is the 4th label we’ve been on (Catacomb, Nasoni Records and PsycheDOOMelic Records), and we’ve always been treated very fairly on that front, it’s just the live situation in England that winds me up at times. I’d also like to stop people in bands moaning on Facebook hahaha. If no-one’s booking you and/or releasing you, put your own gig on / release your own music! Quit whining!
What advice would you give to a band that is just starting up trying to break into the scene?
Don’t be too eager to play a gig, make sure you sound great before putting yourself in front of people. Also, don’t expect opportunities to fall into your lap, you may have to DIY for a good few years before anyone does anything for you. Don’t do it for the fame or the money, that’s bullshit! Do it because you enjoy it, you won’t care how long it takes then! If you work hard enough, and believe in yourself good things will happen… eventually!
Source of Interview: http://tragedyaxe.blogspot.de/2014/01/soph-day-of-alunah-interview.html
Last Christmas Eve when we wrote our first Year in Review, we stated that "in our 6 year history, this year has been our best", well we topped that this year! We played over in Europe for the the first time, released our first 12" Record, signed a worldwide album deal with Napalm Records, gained a new bass player and played with some of our favourite bands such as Saint Vitus, High on Fire and The Sword. We can't thank everyone who made this year awesome, but we truly appreciate everyone who came to a gig, bought merch and supported us!
The year wouldn't have been what it was without the input from the following people, most of whom we said thanks to last year; they continue to be the best people to have on your side!
Gareth Imber: Gaz left Alunah this year to concentrate on his other band, but we can't write this without thanking him. We spent 4 years with Gaz, and wrote and recorded 2 albums with him. We wish him all the best for the future!
Dan Burchmore: Dan joined us earlier in the year, he's an awesome bassist and a top bloke! He learnt our songs straight away, spent his first Alunah gig supporting Karma to Burn, and immediately got stuck in writing songs for our forthcoming album! We're excited about our future with Dan, and Napalm Records.
Sebastian Muench and the team at Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions: Napalm released White Hoarhound on 12" vinyl back in January. We entered talks with them a few months ago regarding a long-term partnership, and at the beginning of December we signed a worldwide contract. News of the deal can be read here >>
Matte and the team at Sound of Liberation: We also partnered up with European booking agency SOL this year, and embarked on a 10 date European tour taking in France, Germany, Poland and Denmark. We are currently making plans regarding our 2014 tour.
Olivia Burr: Liv tirelessly sells our merch for us, provides transport when needed and handles all management queries for us! We couldn't do what we do without her!
Mez Dewsbury at OHMZ Sound Services: Mez accompanies us on the road, providing sound and technical services. He also promotes local stoner/doom gigs at Scruffy Murphys as part of his promotions company Heretic Promotions. Awesome bloke, professional and a top laugh!
Mona Miluski at Platinum PR: We came on board with German company Platinum PR to help promote White Hoarhound, and they have gone above and beyond to get us some amazing international press. They continue to be awesome!
Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios: Greg recorded both of our albums, he totally gets us, and is an easy creative guy to work with. He pulled out all of the stops to deliver some brilliant sounding demos recently, and has given us great advice regarding the legal side of the music industry. We will be working with him on our 3rd album also.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, webzines and podcasts who we've done stuff with in 2013. Again, in no particular order and sorry to those we've missed:
High on Fire, The Sword, Lonely Kamel, Saint Vitus, Ufomammut, Kadaver, Orchid, Gentleman's Pistols, Mos Generator, Fatso Jetson, The Wounded Kings, Samsara Blues Experiment, Witchsorrow, Conan, Black Moth, Black Star Riders, Skindred, Black Spiders, GOLD, Slow Worm, Jex Thoth, Moghul, Mage, Temple of Lies, Diesel King, Eldorado, Grifter, Greenhorn, The Albion Codex, Trippy Wicked, Hannah Rachel McCaul, Karma to Burn, Desert Storm, Stubb, Huata, Belzebong, Dopelord, Stoneache, The Skeletons, Cultura Tres, Prosperina, Heavy on The Ride, DesertFest Berlin, Heavy Days in Doom Town, French Metal Webzine, O2 Academy, Scruffy Murphys, Kerrang Magazine, I Did The Booking, Paranoid Hitsophrenic, Midlands Rocks, Contact FM, Rocking The Midlands, Doomsmoker.pl, Evil Wizard Promotions, Castle Cases, Vein-Tap.Com, Stoned Gatherings, Black Bullet Live, Terrorizer Magazine, Metal Mouth, Destruction Music, The Sleeping Shaman, Doommantia, The Obelisk, Cosmic Tomb, Temple of Perdition (R.I.P - thanks for everything!), The Sludgelord, Uberrock, Repulsive Revolutions, Stonerhead Let Groove Your Brains Tonight, Stonerrock.eu, The Paranoid Music Blog, Blabbermouth, Moonlight666.com, Hard Rock Hell, Native Ground, Metal as Religion, Brett Devey Photography, Zero Tolerance Magazine, Doommantia, Michael Cowell, DesertScene, Rock Regeneration, Doomed and Stoned, The Morsel, Get Ready to Rock, Get Your Rock Out, TBFM Radio, Planet Mosh and Eyes From The Mosh Pit.
In 2014 we will release our third album, re-release Call of Avernus on tape cassette, play various festivals, play with Grand Magus, tour Europe and the UK and hopefully meet a load more awesome people! Here's to a happy new year, these were our most viewed blog posts and images of 2013...
Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts
1. Alunah's 2013 European Tour Diary - by Soph
2. Alunah Sign Worldwide Album Deal with Napalm Records
3. Alunah Announce New Bassist
4. Alunah to Support St. Vitus in Birmingham
5. Alunah Play Hard Rock Hell 7
Top 10 Most Viewed Images of 2013
We are over the moon to announce that we have signed a worldwide album deal with Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin. We worked with them previously on a limited vinyl release, and after demo-ing some new tracks entered talks with them regarding a full worldwide recording and publishing contract.
Napalm Records will release a limited edition digi-pack and gatefold LP; and Michael Cowell will illustrate the full packaging.
"Alunah are incredibly happy to have signed a worldwide album deal with the world renowned label Napalm Records. We already have a strong working relationship from when they released a vinyl version of our second album "White Hoarhound", and we are proud to have been asked to join the Napalm family on a more long-term basis. We have a hard working ethic, are constantly evolving and appreciate everything given to us. We are joining a roster which boasts some of the best bands in the industry, and we're confident that this new phase in our relationship is a mutually beneficial one." - Sophie Day
We will be working once again with Sound of Liberation regarding our 2014 European tour, and will be embarking on a UK tour in May/June. Keep your eyes open for further release news.
View 2014 gigs confirmed so far >>
Thanks to Planet Mosh for our interview and photographs at Hard Rock Hell VII.
Listen to the interview http://planetmosh.com/alunah-interview-at-hard-rock-hell-7-291113/ or read an interview with Soph from 2012 http://planetmosh.com/soph-day-from-alunah-interview/
"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/
Billy of Doomed & Stoned recently interviewed Soph and featured it last night in a five part special on the Doomed & Stoned Facebook page. The full interview is here:
First off, thank you so much for graciously opening yourself up to an interview with Doomed & Stoned. I've long been an admirer of the band and would like to use this opening question to acquaint people with Alunah. Tell us, how did the band come to be? Under what circumstances was Alunah given birth?
No worries, thank you for all the support you've given us. Jake, Dave and I started back in 2006 without a bass player. Dave and I have been in a relationship since 1998 and met Jake at a Sonic Lord gig; one of Dave's previous bands. We got chatting and Dave and Jake decided to have a jam, I went along for a laugh and ended up singing. It was some time before we found a bassist, and Dan is now our 3rd bassist. We played with just a lead guitar for years, then I decided to carry on something I had started aged 13; playing guitar. It was some time before I mastered singing and playing together, but after I did I'm so glad we made that decision to have a second guitar.
Over the past decade and in the last several year, especially, we've seen a welcome increase in female-fronted doom and stoner bands. What has the experience been like for you? Is there an upside or a downside to being in this role?
A lot of people see female fronted as a genre on it's own, we're nothing like any of the female fronted bands out there so this is a bit of a bug bear. I love lots of bands with female singers (Jucifer, Acid King, My Ruin, Royal Thunder, Jex Thoth, GOLD, L7, Witch Mountain, The Devil's Blood, Portishead and Rose Kemp to name a few) don't get me wrong, and you're always going to be categorised in life, but unfortunately having a female singer means being categorised by gender. When we started, a lot of people dismissed us due to my vocals not being heavy enough, or presuming that I'm not taking it seriously, or that I'm a groupie of some kind. There are so many awesome bands with women in now, that we have seen it become less categorised and less talked about which is great. We used to play a lot of festivals and gigs which were marketed as "femme-fest" or "femme-metal" etc and we were often on the bill with gothic, operatic metal bands, we turn those gigs down now as I don't see why my gender is important. If you enjoy us and want to book us, great! If you want to book us because there's a woman in the band, we're not interested! We recently played with the incredible Jex Thoth, and our mates band Moghul (all men) were also on the bill. Someone actually made the comment to me that it should have been 3 female fronted bands, as if Moghul didn't have the right to be there, and we should only play with female fronted bands - that kind of ignorance towards both sexes makes me angry! On the positive side, I have only had a handful of sexist encounters, our gigs are always full of men and women who just want to have a great time, regardless of the gender on stage.
Being a classical pianist, myself, and knowing a little something about the joys and pains of composing music, I am forever curious about how song-writing works in the bands I interview. A what point do you as a singer enter into creative process of the songs that Alunah writes?
I have a book of lyrics ready to go, and when I hear a new riff I know in my head which song is going to fit it. As soon as I hear that new riff I get the melody, and it's as early on as that. We're pretty lucky in Alunah that once we have an initial riff and melody, the song comes together pretty quickly. It may get swapped and changed, but generally it's a painless process.
It seems like only yesterday I discovered Alunah - and it happened through social media. One of my FB friend (Tangy Zizzler, aka MrStoneBeliever) uploaded some of your songs to YouTube and I was an instant fan, then began sharing via metal forums and Doomed & Stoned. So here's my question: What lessons have you learned through your experiences on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. that have helped you become a more savvy promoter of the band?
Yeah he really helped us get the songs out there on YouTube, and because we didn't have a video to promote it, it was really appreciated. My main job is actually as a maketing manager, so I promote and market things all day - a large part of that is on social networks. Our drummer Jake also works in marketing, so we had some useful skills to bring to the band. For years we released our own music, did our own press and booked our own gigs. The last year has seen us being relieved of some of those pressures which is great, but we still do our own marketing, design and t-shirt printing. Saying that though, the incredible Michael Cowell has illustrated our new album, so that's something else I don't have to do haha
This one's just for fun: what are your joys in life? Pet peeves?
Personally I love spending time with my dog Olive and husband Dave, I spend a lot of time with my mom and sister - we love shopping, drinking, eating, and of course I love going out with my awesome friends. My family have had a lot of heartache in the last year, and not only has it made us closer, it made me realise how precious life is. I saw my Dad go from a strong independent retired police officer, to a weak ill man who couldn't do anything for himself, so when I see healthy people wasting their life it really pisses me off! Also, irresponsible dog owners really get my goat! Generally though I try to be as positive and thankful as possible, which is why I love talking to guys like you!
What are Dan, David, and Jake like to work with? Tour with? What do you guys like to do in your down time?
AWFUL!! Nah, they're the best guys a girl could wish for! Dan joined us in June, so we haven't yet toured with him, but we're so lucky to have found him. Not only is he a great bassist and song writer, but he's easy going and a good laugh! I spent the first Alunah tour back in 2007, with my husband sleeping in the front of the van, and me sleeping in the back with Jake and his girlfriend (and Alunah Manager) Liv... so that shows how close we are. Jake was also best man at our wedding in 2011, so we're all really close. When it comes to Alunah, Dave and I are band mates; not husband and wife. We don't want things to get awkward for the other guys so that's how we handle it. Down time consists of watching other bands, eating, drinking and sleeping!
Have you played in North America yet? If you get a chance to do so in 2014, where would you like to go first and what are some of the major cities you'd be excited to visit?
We've never played America, but between us we've visited New Orleans, Memphis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando on holiday. We'd love to visit as a band, excuse me if I get this wrong as I'm not overly familiar with the area, but when I think of North America I think of the New England area, I'd love to spend sometime there, especially in Autumn when the scenery turns. Also, my old school friend lives in New York now, so it would be great to play there and visit her. Seattle would be great also, to follow in the footsteps of those great bands!
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".
Read the full review here:
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 Aleks at Temple of Perdition for once again asking Soph to take part in their quiz. Full quiz with all the bands, including our friends Queen Elephantine, can be found here:
1. What is the band’s state at the moment? What kind of sinister affairs do band plans to perform for autumn and following months?
We're busy writing for the 3rd album and doing as many gigs as possible in-between. We have a new bassist Dan, who has already played a few gigs with us and is getting stuck into writing new material with us. The rest of the year sees us recording the new material, and play lost of gigs including ones with the likes of Jex Thoth, GOLD (ex - The Devil's Blood) and Samsara Blues Experiment. We'll also be playing Hard Rock Hell Festival with Black Star Riders (ex - Thin Lizzy), Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Crucified Barbara, Gentleman's Pistols, Black Spiders and loads more.
2. How did listeners and critics meet band’s last album?
White Hoarhound" did better than anyone of us thought it would do. We didn't set out to impress anyone with it, nor did we try to force a particular style with it. We wrote the songs that we wanted to hear and play, and it paid off. 99% of the reviews were amazingly positive, we toured it around Europe for 2 weeks and the response from people blew us away. Initially it was released on CD via PsycheDOOMelic Records, and then it attracted the attention of Napalm Records who re-released it on limited edition 12" vinyl. We're very proud of the album, and even more so of the new material we are now writing.
3. "Paranoid" of Black Sabbath is an iconic song, what in this Earth can turn you paranoid?
Silly things make me paranoid... knowing there's a fat spider in the room, the dog looking up at the ceiling as if there's an apparition that only she can see, walking alone at night, and looking out from the stage at whispering and laughing faces hahaha
4. Who was your childhood hero? What kind of dude did you want to become?
I didn't really have a childhood hero, I just loved my pop bands. I'm not ashamed to say it either, because I've always loved music regardless of genre! I played musical instruments as a child, I was always in orchestras and I wanted to do it full time... either that or a designer/artist and now I do both so i'm pretty lucky!
5. Last TV-news reminds me about it – this question is about "War Pigs". What is your opinion about conflict around Syria? Do you see any reasons to justify military intervention of one country in affairs of another country?
I'm not a very political person and am probably not the best informed about these matters. However, I hate the idea of war and of innocent people being killed for reasons that a lot of those involved probably don't even understand. I am glad that the UK is not going to intervene, but I hope that whatever happens helps to prevent the loss of anymore life. On a similar note, I visited Israel a few years ago, and some of the beautiful and awe-inspiring areas I visited have now been destroyed due to conflict. It just makes me so sad that the world is losing these areas of historical and cultural importance, as well as people losing their livelihoods and (in some cases) lives.
Jex Thoth are coming to Scruffy Murphys in Birmingham on Thursday 7th November... and we're supporting them! We're very privileged to have been asked by DesertScene to play this gig.
"Heavy and thick in the spirit of Black Sabbath, brewed with the soul of Sabbath contemporaries like Amon Düül II, Pink Floyd, Heart and Blue Öyster Cult. The classic song craft, weaving melodies, rich tones, and crushing drums will have even the most sober of listeners completely transfixed!" - Sludgelord
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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/
View the Alunah Gigs page for more gigs in your area.
Unfortunately, the Benson / Griffin tour that was scheduled to take place next month has been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. This obviously means that the Birmingham Asylum gig on 27th October with Alunah, Iron Void, Arkham Witch and Gods of Hellfire has been cancelled.
Check out the Alunah Gig page for more gigs in your area, we have something very special coming to Birmingham in the next couple of months so watch this space!
Thanks to Paul Castles for this great review of our gig with Karma to Burn, Moghul and Desert Storm at The Asylum2 in Birmingham on 18/07/13! Audio interview with Soph coming soon...
"Next up were one of Birmingham’s brightest bands at the moment, Alunah. It is with a degree of hesitation that I brand these doom fiends as ‘bright’, but some of their uplifting melodies and weighty deliveries have the spirit and ambience that makes your spine tingle. Vocalist Soph has a natural presence and easy charm that transmits well to the audience with opener ‘Call of Avernus’ immediately persuading a few more in the crowd to take a couple of steps forward.
This was the first Alunah gig for new bass player Dan but such were his confidence levels that he appeared to slot seamlessly into the line-up. The Brummies have been busy across Europe playing to some big festival crowds but being knocked off your feet by their blackened waves of despair within the intimate surroundings of the Asylum 2 allows you to get a hot blast of their incessant crushing power at close quarters.
Raw emotion drips through the pores of ‘White Hoarhound’, with Soph’s voice at its bleakest, while Alunah’s customary ice-crushing closer ‘Belials Fjord’ is a smouldering beast that bares its teeth and fixes its gaze directly onto your soul like a blackened demon."
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We worked with Brett Devey once again who created these great photographs for us in Cannock Chase Forest. Below are low resolution versions of our promo photos. For high resolution RGB versions (CMYK available just ask), click to access the DropBox link.
2012! It's safe to say that in our 6 year history, this year has been our best! We released our second album, worked with some amazing people, played some great gigs, met new awesome people, caught the eye of Napalm Records and made a few end of year lists (read whose here). From a music point of view it's been our best, but we also suffered the loss of Soph's Dad John who was a big supporter of Alunah, we dedicated our upcoming vinyl to him and he will always be in our thoughts.
The year wouldn't have been what it was without the input from the following great key people, in no particular order:
Mark Hegadus at Psychedoomelic Records: He believed in us enough to release White Hoarhound on his legendary Austrian label. One of THE best things we've done.
Sebastian Muench and the whole team at Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions: They will be releasing White Hoarhound on 12" vinyl on January 25th 2013, so proud to be on yet another legendary Austrian label.
Olivia Burr: Liv tirelessly sells our merch for us, provides transport when needed and handles all management queries for us!
Mona Miluski at Platinum PR: We came on board with German company Platinum PR to help promote White Hoarhound, and they have gone above and beyond to get us some amazing international press.
Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios: Greg recorded both of our albums, and did a sterling job on both. He totally gets us, and is an easy creative guy to work with.
Tony Reed at Heavy Head Co: Tony mixed, mastered and featured on White Hoarhound. He also re-mastered the album for vinyl, a top bloke with unlimited amounts of talent.
Mez at Heretic Promotions / Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham: Mez is our number 1 promoter of choice to work with, complete professional and all round good guy. His promotions company hosted our album launch gig this year. Mez now also comes out with us doing our sound engineering.
Alison Richards and Martin Newman at Oath Communications: An awesome duo who are working on a video for White Hoarhound as well as attending the majority of our gigs in 2012 filming and taking photos.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, webzines and podcasts who we've played with / for. Again, in no particular order and sorry to those we've missed:
A Pale Horse Named Death, Gentlemans Pistols, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, Gurt, Stubb, Arkham Witch, General, Desert Storm, Conan, Gods of Hellfire, Steak, Stone Axe, Arke, Ironrat, Gringo, Shebrew, Caravan of Whores, A Million Miles, Tairrie B and My Ruin, Baron Greenback, Desert Scene, Desert Fest, Heretic Promotions, Black Bullet Live, When Planets Collide, Kerrang Radio, Johnny Doom, Metal.de, Ripple Music, Metal Hammer Germany, Grip of Delusion Radio, Terrorizer Magazine, Soggy Bog, Core of Destruction Radio, 339 Metal, Doomantia, The Soda Shop, Fast 'n' Bulbous, 411 Mania, The Temple of Perdition, The Metal Observer, Via Nocturna, Unhallowed Nation, Planet Mosh, Skrikzine, Nocturnal Hall Magazine, Sludgelord, Sleeping Shaman, X Transmission FM, WCNI Radio, Femme Metal Webzine, The Obelisk, Black Sunday Magazine, MSN Entertainment, Metal Riot...
There are so many more, but not enough hours in the day to list them alll! Thanks to everyone basically, and special thanks to those who came to our gigs, brought our merch, brought us beer and shared our drunken ramblings!
In 2013 we will release our vinyl, carry on writing for our third album, play with The Sword, Lonely Kamel and Black Moth, tour Europe including Heavy Days in Doom Town Festival in Denmark, and hopefully meet a load more awesome people! Here's to a happy new year, these were our most viewed blog posts and images of 2012...
Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts
1. She Came, She Saw, She Rocked Out with her Cock Out
2. Alunah Sign with Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions
3. Download Alunah's White Hoarhound for Free
4. Alunah to Support The Sword
5. Terrorizer Magazine Hail Alunah as Future of Doom
Top 10 Most Viewed Images of 2012
Yeah... we were pretty surprised too!
Last week our record label sent out copies to his press contacts, two days later the album has been leaked onto torrent sites! Now, usually we don't feel so strongly about this kind of thing - promotion's promotion right? Well in this case we're pretty pissed off! PsycheDOOMelic believed in our band, and along with us have spent hard earned cash and long hours working hard to get this release ready for it's September release date. What right has someone got to override that and provide it free of charge for people more than a month before release?
Now, we're not naive, we knew this was going to happen... I just guess we thought people would wait until it was released and not be shitty enough to leak it before the release date! So, if you we're planning on buying the album (and I know those decent amongst you will, as opposed to downloading it for free), please do just that and support PsycheDOOMelic Records so that they can continue to keep putting great music out!
Oh, and whilst we're on the subject of freebies... funny that one of the top search terms in June for our website was "free alunah download" - cheeky bastards!
Keep the underground alive and DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO IT DYING ON IT'S ARSE!
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