Tonight’s set list took songs from all three of their albums, which made me reflect on how they’ve progressed as a live band. I first saw Alunah back in 2009, when they were very passionate and had great songs, but were still quite raw and not too experienced in the ways of stagecraft. Tonight was a perfect example of four musicians clearly enjoying what they do and doing it exceptionally well, but the resulting performance was even greater than the sum of their parts. They were incredibly tight (in particular ‘Belial’s Fjord’ has never sounded better or doomier), and they seemed relaxed and happy to banter amongst themselves and with the audience.
Their set list tonight included a cover of ‘A Forest’ by The Cure, which got a great reaction from the crowd. The highlights of tonight’s show for me were ‘Bricket Wood Coven’ thanks to its uplifting chorus, and the encore, ‘Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’ from their underrated first album.
All of the bands that played tonight deserved a bigger crowd, but I hope that those of us who were there made up for the lack of numbers by the power of our enthusiasm. This was a perfect gig – intimate, friendly, loud and heavy.