Female vocals is a phenomenon which is becoming the folk / psychedelic / Occult / doom / retro rock constant popularity. That is also when listening to ALUNAHs "White Hoarhound" understandable, because the quartet does not only have rock solid, slow rhythm work and very nice, reminiscent of Saint Vitus' Victor Griffin guitars, but mainly by the very, very nice clean vocals of frontwoman Soph . S celebration of melancholy that comes crawling deep and sluggish from the boxes is brightened by Sophs voice indeed, but never completely loses her sad and melancholy component.
Entry is elegiac, with "Demeter's Grief". Demeter, in Greek mythology, the goddess of agriculture and fertility, must
have experienced a series of bad harvests to sound like the album begins. From here on it's the title track downhill.
Majestic and epic, yet almost mythical Nordic's going on "Belial's Fjord", where ALUNAH bring their folky side pleasant advantage. My favorite is the two-part final piece "Oak ritual" that could constitute a small nod to Sydney / Australia, where also blessed with a gifted singer RITUALS OF THE OAK similar music-making songs that
are as for the refinement of cool horror movies actually impose. Who appreciates BLOOD RITUAL and WOUNDED KINGS estimates also estimated ALUNAH. All other an unbiased ear pre-listening is recommended.