The training provides here an album barely shorter than its predecessor. Six tracks instead of September the English demonstrate a real desire to offer something for any concise although, paradoxically, the securities totaled almost all over the eight minutes total. Awakening The Forest and plays on repeat: the riffs so metronomic back over the tracks and drag slowly in the palm of alternating ears, always feeling of oppression ("Heavy Bought", "Awakening The Forest") and mysticism twilight ("The Mask Of Herne," "The Summerland"). A recipe that has already proven itself in more than one training but, in Alunah, is inevitably enhanced by the intoxicating voice of Sophie Day. The singer is the main advantage of the combo, even if he shows some skill in composition, is struggling to move away from traditional gender influences. The more air and full of finesse "The Summerland", for example, in addition to a very Scorpions Uli Jon Roth spirit period from the first notes echoing the final lead of "Fly To The Rainbow" has that little something sabbathien at the "Born Again" song of the period Ian Gillan. Or these arpeggios on "The Mask Of Herne" that are reminiscent of those of "Snowblind". Not to mention the specter of "Black Sabbath", the founder song, which hangs over the opening title "Bricket Wood Coven," heavy and throbbing.
But beware! It should not take a pale copy Alunah for more doom and female Black Sabbath. Although the influences are more than obvious combo, the quartet offers here a particular album mastered and still establishing its brand. Alunah has always shown a certain meticulousness in making its sound world - a tad less restrained in its base, Call Of Avernus (2010) already showed a group in its own - evidenced by a production that flatters with clarity and natural grain of instruments and voice, and brings depth to the album. Thus, Awakening The Forest is both an obvious tribute to the founding fathers of style and their direct descendants (Trouble, Saint Vitus, etc.) but also (especially) an album of doom quality to be taken as such and enjoy without moderation.