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"!
Can’t be in two places at once and decide to forgo Oficium Trist for Alunah over at Aces And Eights. Bad move on one part as the smell of pizza upstairs makes me salivate but no time for food here unfortunately, good as it smells. Downstairs there is little room to swing a cat and band and audience are tightly packed in. Alunah are happy, Sophie has a gift from a couple of audience members of mead. Obviously this is a bit of a tradition as our own writer Spenny has been known to prevail them with the odd bottle. Throat lubricated they are off and the spirit of the dark washes over us sounding absolutely gorgeous on ‘Bricket Wood Coven.’ It was akin to finding a flower in a desert and the fragrance of the song was even enough to overpower the scent of garlic wafting down from upstairs. The gentle caress of both music and vocals washes over us, powerful enough to invigorate with up-tempo moments assuring it’s never quite too far on the wrong side of mellow. ‘Light Of Winter’ is unveiled from their next forthcoming album sounding much like a blast from the past even if it does have us anticipating the future. Older track ‘White Hoarhound’ is obviously a favourite and goes down perfectly, ending an all too short but thoroughly sweet set.
Doom Metal Front
Switched over then to the Aces & Eights to not miss ALUNAH, who achieved to pull me into a state of daze and maximum relaxation with their cosy rolling tunes. Soph is still singing off the line of all those wanna-be-Jex-Thoth-clones, which is a big luck and was again a great pleasure to my ears. Thank you so much for that and for dedicating the track 'Heavy Bough' (from 'Awakening The Forest') to Doom Metal Front. Hopefully nobody recognized me turning red in the club's darkness – anyway!
Echoes and Dust
Home of metal Birmingham’s Alunah slow down the pace delivering fine Sabbathian style riffs. Always strange to see a band sound check on stage (sorry! Floor.) This may be the reason they take a bit of time to warm up, but Sophie Day’s strong, alluring vocals propel them to be an easy on the ear, enjoyable slow doom groove. Also, expecting to release a new record out this year they showcase promising new track ‘Night Of Winter’. The only minor quibble is the guitars could have been turned up a tad.
Here is our new lyric video for "Awakening The Forest", created by Wil Henry at TMR Band Services. We're so happy with the beautiful job that Wil has done, he has captured our love of nature and lyrical themes perfectly! Thanks to Peter Keevil also at TMR, and Doom Metal Front Magazine for premiering it.
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