We’re from the West Midlands in England and live in and around Birmingham. We’ve been around since 2006, and began as a result of a jamming session between Dave and Jake, I went along to have a listen and had a go at singing, I realised I quite liked it and a few years later I started playing guitar in the band.
2. You released this year your third album, “Awakening the Forest”. How was the songwriting and recording of this album?
We all really enjoyed writing this album, it was a personal process for me lyric wise due to grief in my life, writing helped me get through it. It was the first album we wrote with our new bass player Dan, so it was nice and fresh for us. We had a lot of fun recording it; we worked with Greg Chandler at Priory Studios and did it in just 5 days.
3. And the reaction of the fans, even to soon, is that you expected?
You never know what to expect when you release something new, but we’re very happy with how it has been received, and even happier that we seem to have gained new fans rather than lose them. We have a lot of support from people, and some of them have followed us from the beginning, we try to remember everyone but the older you and your band gets, the memories become a bit hazy. I think we do a really good job of connecting with fans, and letting them know just how much we appreciate their support.
4. One of the great moments is the song “Awakening the Forest”. How was the songwriting of this song in particularly?
Thank you, this is my favourite song on the album. From what I can remember, I think this was one of the more straightforward songs to write. I wrote the lead part which you hear me playing after the first verse, and then the chorus and it was only when Dave wrote his twin lead part that the song really came alive for me, it didn’t seem right up until that point. It’s quite a basic song, but the subject matter and vocal melody makes it really emotional and melancholic.
5. Alunah does a great Doom/Stoner Metal sound. This is the proposal since the beginning of the band, and how do you see this scene in these days, particularly in England?
We were a lot more stoner sounding when we started, but as the years have gone on we’ve been influenced by a wider sound which includes doom, folk and heavy ‘70s bands. We are also very aware of sounding like other bands, and it’s not something we wish to do so we try to put our own stamp on our music. England is a tiny country with a massive amount of super talented bands, across all genres. Every night there is something going on in every city, and when we started we didn’t have that much choice for stoner or doom gigs so new bands really do have a great starting point. We used to put our own gigs on just so we had somewhere to play, with similar bands.
6. You’re in Tour through the Europe in moment. Tell us a little about these gigs.
We’ve just played our last gigs, and we had an incredible time. We have played Germany and France before, but it was our first time in Austria, Switzerland and Italy so it was very special for us. We had a great reception every night, and played with some great bands such as Brant Bjork, Mars Red Sky, Kadaver, The Order of Israfel, Lonely Kamel, and Brain Police.
7. Who is yours biggest influences?
We each have different influences but between us we’re inspired by Black Sabbath, Janis Joplin, Goatsnake… so many different bands from doom, grunge and 60s/70s.
8. In a few words, what do you think about these bands:
Orange Goblin: Awesome band, and a great inspiration for us to keep going. We’ve played with them a couple of times.
Cathedral: A great atmospheric doom band which have evolved over the years, and local to us too. Huggy bear OH YEAH!
Paradise Lost: We played one of our first ever gigs with these guys, and I know Jake and Dave in particular are massive fans.
Black Sabbath: The ultimate band and again, local! They’re up there in all of our top 5 bands, the band we’d sell our souls to play with.
My Dying Bride: I’m not that familiar with their songs, but we have had some comparisons.
9. Finally, please leave a message to all Brazilians who know or wanted to know much more about the song of Alunah
We have quite a few messages from Brazilian fans, and we really appreciate their support. It’s awesome to think that our music reaches that far, so we’d like to say a big thank you to them all!
Original Brazilian Version: http://www.metalkaoz.com/album-reviews/14327-alunah-awakening-the-forest.html