Three years after the initial release on PsychedDOOMelic Records in 2012, PRC Music are giving Alunah's second album "White Hoarhound" a fresh release on CD.
Being in a band can play havoc with your memory bank, so every year we do this Year in Review to remind ourselves of the amazing times we have had. We also do it to thank everyone who has supported us, it's not possible to thank everyone but we hope you realise how much we appreciate all of you.
This is our third year in review and last December "when we wrote our first Year in Review, we stated that 'in our 6 year history, this year has been our best', well we topped that this year!" Well, guess what? We topped it again. We recorded our third album "Awakening the Forest" which was our first for Napalm Records, we toured the UK in May / June and Europe in October, made our first music video, had amazing press support, played with some world class bands, visited new countries, met tonnes of amazing people, released and then sold out of our 2010 debut album "Call of Avernus" tape cassette, and signed re-release deals for "Call of Avernus" and "White Hoarhound". We would like to thank everyone who came to our gigs, bought something with our name on it, wrote about us, and told their friends about us. Thanks to these people in particular for the dedication and support given to us this year (and some, since the beginning!), if we've missed anyone we're really sorry, it's impossible to thank everyone:
Sebastian, Mona, Andy, Daniel and Moni at Napalm Records, Matte, Beth, David, Kat and Sylvain at Sound of Liberation, Nathan & Jae at Cosmic Tomb, Remi at PRC Music, Olivia Burr, Mez Dewsbury, Greg Chandler, Tony Reed, Jay Ackerman, Michael Cowell, Rhodri Thomas, Simon Matthews, George Sanderon, Dominic Sohor, Elin Larsson, Edgar Livengood, Gazelle Amber Valentine, Billy Goate, Tony Gaskin, Peter Keevil, Johhny Zed, Paul Castles, Frank Schneider, Ed Barnard (get well soon!), Mick & Geraldine OFGB, Emma Billingham, Paul Billingham, Vic Taylor, Andy Smith, Sioux, Gudi, Jonay (DUDE!), Emma Sainsbury, Jon Anderson, Phil Smith, Jason Woodroffe, Andy Thorley, Naiko Franklin, Fiamma Fatale Tafur, Guido Isaza, Neil Hadden, Martin (Dom Overlord), Stuart Smith, Gina Smith, Alex Johnson, Jon Paul Davis, Emily Yardley, Pete Green, Chris Hatton, Tracey Hatton, Mike Jeffries, Heather Jeffries, Mel Bull, Gaf Evans, Glyn Evans, Bek Cross, Emma Wileman, Lee Wileman, Nick Flagg, Louisa Tam, Paul Evans, Sarah Latimer, Dave Booth, Rick Eaglestone, Julia Willett, Dave Mason, Barb Mason, Simon Burchmore and Glenys Burchmore.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, magazines and websites who we've worked / played with in 2014:
Brant Bjork, Spirit Caravan, Grand Magus, Kadavar, Windhand, The Vintage Caravan, Brain Police, Mars Red Sky, The Order of Israfel, Monolith Cult, Ki, Lonely Kamel, 1000 Mods, Conan, Black Willows, Dozer, Naam, Greenleaf, Purson, Hung on Horns, Pigwitch, Terror Swarm, Iron Rat, Up in Smoke Festival, Trip Out Festival, Terrorizer Magazine, Zero Tolerance Magazine, Metal Mouth, The Sleeping Shaman, The Obelisk, The Sludgelord, Doomed and Stoned, Doomantia, Midlands Metalheads, Loudwire, Hand of Doom, Heavy Handed Radio, Ohmzs Sound Services, Maximum Volume, Decibal Magazine, The Midlands Rocks, About.com, Metallized Magazine, Hammerworld Magazine, Spark Rock Magazine, Metallian Magazine, Sweden Rock Magazine, Northern Darkness, The Soggy Bog, Rock a Rolla Magazine, Metal Hammer Magazine, Deaf Forever Magazine, Scream Magazine, Rock Hard Magazine, Death Before The Cage, Aardshock Magazine, Rock Tribune Magazine, Hard Force, Rock 'n' Reel, New Noise Magazine, The O2 Academy Group, Heretic Promotions, Fear Me Music, DesertScene, Kick Ass Metal, Stoned Gatherings, Dead Pig Tour Booking, Immerhin, Roadtrip To Outta Space, Graf Hugo, The Slade Rooms, Freakout Club, Voice of Art, The Vault, The Unicorn, and Jackhammer Promotions. There are so many more to add to this list, and we're sorry if we've missed you - we appreciate everyone!
In 2015 we will re-release "Call of Avernus" and "White Hoarhound" on PRC Music, and will announce various UK and European gigs and festivals. Merry Christmas, and here's to a happy new year - these were our most popular blog posts of 2014...
These are our favourite memories...
Alunah will be re-releasing their sold out debut album 'Call of Avernus' (2010) and their second album 'White Hoarhound' (2012) on CD via PRC Music Canada in 2015.
The guys who run PRC have been releasing music for over 20 years, and are not only passionate music fans, but experienced professionals. They originally contacted us regarding 'Call of Avernus' and after some lengthy conversations we knew they were the right company to work with. More recently PRC spoke to us about 'White Hoarhound', and as passionate Alunah fans who want to spread our music far and wide, we were very happy to agree to another re-release. This doesn't affect our album deal with Napalm Records regarding our new recordings going forward, but simply enriches the ever-growing Alunah tree
Both albums will have official in-store distribution via PRC's partners throughout USA, Canada and Brazil, and limited copies will also be available from the official Alunah store (worldwide postage). PRC will be releasing 'Call of Avernus' pre-order details shortly, and these orders will be shipped in advance. PRC Music have a wide range of metal titles available, including doom bands such as Among Gods, Ice Dragon, Clorange and Krownn.
Alunah's third album 'Awakening the Forest' is out now on Napalm Records.
We are pleased to announce that our forthcoming album will be titled "Awakening The Forest", and is due for worldwide release in early October.
Napalm Records, Greg Chandler, Tony Reed, Michael Cowell, Sound of Liberation, Olivia Burr, Mez Dewsbury, Rhodri Thomas, George Sanderon, Elvaston Castle staff, Dominic Sohor, Alison Richards, Chris & Tracie Hatton... THANK YOU!!
Metal as Religion have included Alunah in their top 5 picks for Hard Rock Hell Festival:
"Hard Rock Hell 2013 has been labelled “Cirque Du Rock”... a Rock ‘n’ Roll circus extravaganza of grotesquely monumetal proportions. Full of twisted darkened moments and unrivalled camaraderie - and laced with the kind of pure adrenalin pumping high-octane rock ‘n’ roll you didn’t think was still achievable.This is a festival created by a circle of people who continue to know how to do it. And do it well. Aussie Rockers Airbourne and Tracer are set to join fellow countrymen Electric Mary for an all out Antipodean attack on our Homeland (Well, the principality of Wales, to be exact.) But fear not, because we have found five new tantalising treats from Europe’s darkest underbellies to tempt your tender tinnitus-sizzled ear-holes - and to get your snake-oiled boots a-groovin’. 2013 appears to be one of the best HRH bills yet"
"Birmingham based ALUNAH is a psyche/stoner/doom band which unleashes an incredible paganistic sound characterized by thick guitars, a punishing rhythm section, and earthy and hypnotic vocal melodies. Sometimes groovy, oppressive, or downright grimy depending on what the situation calls for, the songs are dark and slow without being downers! Try ‘White Hoarhound’ for a thick slice of eagle feathers and tar pit. Black vaporizing guitars bubble up like methane seepages. And the moonshine clarity of the vocal from Soph crystalizes your fancies and lifts you from doom-filled decay. But not for long"
Read more: http://metalasreligion.com/2013/07/18/hard-rock-hell-cirque-du-rock-our-first-picks/
Thanks to Native Ground for this lovely review!
"Rated by Terrorizer Magazine as the “future of doom,” Alunah brings a stimulating sound to doom metal’s promising future. Based out of Birmingham, UK and led by a female vocalist who can lash cosmic ringers to wrap heavy guitars and rushing drums for a solid psychedelic ambiance, there’s no coal shortage for the long winters with this band. Sophie’s light voice compliments and echoes through tracks for a balance of choral ecstasy in Alunah’s gloomy and pagan tones. Sophie also plays guitar along with Dave; Gaz is on bass and Jake masters percussion.
White Hoarhound is Alunah’s second album, a thorough bred piece as far as dark cosmos doom is concerned. When we search for great modern doom bands, too often we are let down by the brocals or the over-compensated “Hey man I’m dark, hear me out” often excersing lack of rhythmic composition; a worthless excuse for freedom of speech. To our enjoyment, Alunah’s instrument performance is next level fuzzstance and we’re happy to say that Sophie’s voice isn’t murdering this wonderful noise. The title track is the catch of this album; starting out immensely hairy with a drowned out groove you can fall right into. Like a tidal struggle, the push and pull of the guitars and drums spin transversely for the vocals to soar through like a sharp blade.
As theorized before, harsh environments, history of torment, and stained culture are conditions and ideals where some of the best metal and doom bands come from. Alunah capitalizes on this with cycling and distorted lows laid under medieval lyrics. During first listen, all I could think of were cold hills, damp grounds, and dense forest; just a few key visual inspirations I appreciate in great doom. The guitar work through tracks like “Oak Ritual II” compliment with blurry high notes and spinning scales that keep you dizzy enough to unstill your head while gracing lyrics keep you lined up. There are too many good reviews on this band out right now, I feel like I would be clogging the feed if I kept trying to fill this up with reworded phrases already written and read in Alunah’s support. Sometimes you just have to listen and share; that’s all this review is about! Check out Alunah’s White Hoarhound on Alunah.bandcamp.com and hear for yourself why we have a loss for words."
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Today our Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions released 12" vinyl is officially released! Most of our white copies have now sold out but we do have a few copies left. They can be purchased from our store, and also from Napalm Records themselves. Today we have a couple pieces of good news, and following on from our news earlier this week regarding our High on Fire support, we'd say this week has been pretty awesome! Firstly, we'll be playing our first date outside of England on Sunday 31st March in Paris, more info can be found on our gig page.
2012! It's safe to say that in our 6 year history, this year has been our best! We released our second album, worked with some amazing people, played some great gigs, met new awesome people, caught the eye of Napalm Records and made a few end of year lists (read whose here). From a music point of view it's been our best, but we also suffered the loss of Soph's Dad John who was a big supporter of Alunah, we dedicated our upcoming vinyl to him and he will always be in our thoughts.
The year wouldn't have been what it was without the input from the following great key people, in no particular order:
Mark Hegadus at Psychedoomelic Records: He believed in us enough to release White Hoarhound on his legendary Austrian label. One of THE best things we've done.
Sebastian Muench and the whole team at Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions: They will be releasing White Hoarhound on 12" vinyl on January 25th 2013, so proud to be on yet another legendary Austrian label.
Olivia Burr: Liv tirelessly sells our merch for us, provides transport when needed and handles all management queries for us!
Mona Miluski at Platinum PR: We came on board with German company Platinum PR to help promote White Hoarhound, and they have gone above and beyond to get us some amazing international press.
Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios: Greg recorded both of our albums, and did a sterling job on both. He totally gets us, and is an easy creative guy to work with.
Tony Reed at Heavy Head Co: Tony mixed, mastered and featured on White Hoarhound. He also re-mastered the album for vinyl, a top bloke with unlimited amounts of talent.
Mez at Heretic Promotions / Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham: Mez is our number 1 promoter of choice to work with, complete professional and all round good guy. His promotions company hosted our album launch gig this year. Mez now also comes out with us doing our sound engineering.
Alison Richards and Martin Newman at Oath Communications: An awesome duo who are working on a video for White Hoarhound as well as attending the majority of our gigs in 2012 filming and taking photos.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, webzines and podcasts who we've played with / for. Again, in no particular order and sorry to those we've missed:
A Pale Horse Named Death, Gentlemans Pistols, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, Gurt, Stubb, Arkham Witch, General, Desert Storm, Conan, Gods of Hellfire, Steak, Stone Axe, Arke, Ironrat, Gringo, Shebrew, Caravan of Whores, A Million Miles, Tairrie B and My Ruin, Baron Greenback, Desert Scene, Desert Fest, Heretic Promotions, Black Bullet Live, When Planets Collide, Kerrang Radio, Johnny Doom, Metal.de, Ripple Music, Metal Hammer Germany, Grip of Delusion Radio, Terrorizer Magazine, Soggy Bog, Core of Destruction Radio, 339 Metal, Doomantia, The Soda Shop, Fast 'n' Bulbous, 411 Mania, The Temple of Perdition, The Metal Observer, Via Nocturna, Unhallowed Nation, Planet Mosh, Skrikzine, Nocturnal Hall Magazine, Sludgelord, Sleeping Shaman, X Transmission FM, WCNI Radio, Femme Metal Webzine, The Obelisk, Black Sunday Magazine, MSN Entertainment, Metal Riot...
There are so many more, but not enough hours in the day to list them alll! Thanks to everyone basically, and special thanks to those who came to our gigs, brought our merch, brought us beer and shared our drunken ramblings!
In 2013 we will release our vinyl, carry on writing for our third album, play with The Sword, Lonely Kamel and Black Moth, tour Europe including Heavy Days in Doom Town Festival in Denmark, and hopefully meet a load more awesome people! Here's to a happy new year, these were our most viewed blog posts and images of 2012...
Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts
1. She Came, She Saw, She Rocked Out with her Cock Out
2. Alunah Sign with Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions
3. Download Alunah's White Hoarhound for Free
4. Alunah to Support The Sword
5. Terrorizer Magazine Hail Alunah as Future of Doom
Top 10 Most Viewed Images of 2012
News just in from Napalm Records...
Alunah´s Psychedelic Stoner Doom masterpiece "White Hoarhound" is now available for the first time on strictly limited vinyl edition and includes a special vinyl mastering. The vinyl album is limited to 100 copies in white [http://tiny.cc/alunah-white] and 200 copies in green [http://tiny.cc/alunah-white].
The official release date is January 25th 2013 so please pre-order your copy now before they are all gone!
The limited edition 12” vinyl gatefold will be available in two colours – white and transparent green. The tracks have been remastered for vinyl by Tony Reed and will sound warmer and heavier than ever! The gatefold also features new artwork.
Sophie Day, singer and guitarist commented about the band’s new deal “Alunah are extremely happy to be joining the Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions family with the upcoming vinyl release of our current album. We’re sitting amongst some amazing bands and the label really understand what we’re about, 2013 looks set to be a great year for us”. Sophie also said this about Alunah's PR company "Platinum PR have done a great job in getting us coverage in the European press, we really hope that we can expand on that coverage with this release and subsequently, our tour".
Alunah will be touring Europe in 2013 to support the vinyl release, as for remaining 2012 dates, they will be playing with Gentlemans Pistols on Friday November 16th in their home city of Birmingham, England and with Gods of Hellfire and Arkham Witch in Bradford on Saturday 10th November. They will also be working with Oath Communications to film and produce a new video to accompany the track “White Hoarhound”.
Visit Napalm Records: http://www.napalmrecords.com/
Visit Spinning Goblin Productions: https://www.facebook.com/spinninggoblin
Visit Platinum PR: http://platinum-pr.blogspot.co.uk/
Visit Alunah: http://www.alunah.co.uk
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who came to our launch night on Friday 17th August for White Hoarhound! Special thanks to Mez and Oli at Heretic Promotions (although Soph clearly had difficulties saying "Heretic" on the night!), Scruffy Murphys for hosting the night and to our friends in the amazing bands who partied with us... Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of The Knight, Groan and Baron Greenback!!!
Also, we must thank Alison Richards of Oath Communications for the amazing photography which can be viewed by clicking the image below, and also Martin Newman for shooting the video!
To those who brought the new album... ENJOY! For everyone else, it is released on Monday 3rd September and will be available from PsycheDOOMelic Records and also physically and digitally from the likes of HMV, Play, Amazon, Itunes etc...
If you haven't heard it yet, White Hoarhound can be heard at our Reverbnation page here.
We're really pleased to have won the Metal Riot cover artwork competition for our "White Hoarhound" cover. Loads of you voted for the cover so massive thanks to all who voted, we got 64% of the votes!!
We very rarely ask you lot to vote for anything, but it would be great to win this! Soph designs all of the Alunah artwork (apart from the occasional piece we commission) so this would be awesome for her too!
Visit the following link to vote:
Thanks to Jay for this blistering review, and for the constant support from Chris @ Hellride...
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the UK’s Alunah since they emerged on the doom scene’s unsuspecting ears a few years back. Cries of Acrimony, mid-period Cathedral, Orange Goblin, and other hallowed examples of British steel echoed the air upon the release of their debut LP, Call of Avernus, but yours truly stayed on the sidelines until the promo for their 2nd slab of butchering blues and psychedelic witchery, White Hoarhound hit my digital box recently. After a handful of thorough listens, I’m a firm believer in the hype around this stoner/doom juggernaut! If you like the heyday of modern English, THC baked doom bands I mentioned earlier (I’d throw in Sloth as well), as well as the rumbling frequencies of Subrosa, Earthride, Turambar, Royal Thunder, and Acid King; Alunah should be an easy sell to your ears.
The band revs their engines on the brawny biker doom of opener, “Demeter’s Grief,” the granite tough rhythms of bassist Gaz Imber’s raunchy lows and drummer Jake Mason’s well-fortified, half-speed thuds buried by shovel loads of sedimentary, dual axed blues/doom riffage; guitarists Sophie Willett and David Day’s crossfire grooves locked into a midnight prowling menace. A smoldering, 70s inflected Iommi-honoring lead profoundly enhances the groove, giving the band a platform to launch into some up-tempo, solar powered swing that shoots for Jupiter in the song’s brain clouded, boogie buoyant second half. Guitarist Sophie Willett also provides the exquisite vocals that drive the doom dusted deviousness at her flank; her dusky, moon chasing croon treated with a generous helping of reverb, as she heaves Earthen melodic chunks from her vocal chords. The title track bashes out kaleidoscopic, brightly hued guitar leads and Acrimonious shroom doom riffs that nail that whole tripped-out, swimming through the colors behind your eyes style that the Welsh hammer made so effortless. Sweet little lead notes sprout from budding riffs, as Soph’s distinguished vocal melodies float and echo over the relaxed grooves and bottomed out rhythms. Listening to this song felt as if someone gave me the ol’ chloroform special. This tune literally hog ties you and repeatedly drugs you with a sadistic glee until the midsection gives way to a massive, Cathedral sized slow motion swing riff, war-torn tom drum rumbles, and wah-wah inflected, lead lactation that acts as the musical equivalent of mother’s milk; these elements working in tandem keep you suckling Alunah’s breast for the band’s next nutrient rich, groove offering.
“Belial’s Fjord” lets a pulsing rhythm split the Earth’s surface, usurping the English countryside with vacuous, tribal tom cycles and droning note buzz that eventually morphs into slovenly trance doom with a sweltering, hallucinogenic boogie that’s a dead ringer for Acid King’s lysergic hymnals. It’s hardly an upbeat number in terms of tempo and pacing, but the well-placed leads sizzle like this morning’s fresh bacon on the griddle, and the gargantuan brushstrokes of Sabbath/Acrimony fueled wah-riff goodness lend a pleasant, spatial bliss to the proceedings. There’s even a cool segment where the rhythm section of Imber and Mason get a chance to do their own thing solo, sparking off a soulful lead in the wake of their bluesy, half-time jamming. The pacing’s more driven on “The Offering” and its feral combination of brutish, biker riff crunch and tripped-out, stoner stargazing. While nothing going on here is anything you could mistake for “fast,” there’s still an up-tempo, iron boot to the ass thanks to the swaying wah riffs and the bullying shove of the rhythm section’s dialed in shenanigans. A shower of psychedelic FX opens up, “Chester Midsummer Watch Parade,” another standout piece that works a myriad of different movements into its oily, doom-y excretions; from hard groovin’, Cathedral tinged up-tempo stoner-overdrive to bleak but slightly grooved, doom lamentations. The two part masterpiece, “Oak Ritual” is by far the greatest and most ambitious cut on the record. “Part I” pairs twangin’ acoustic guitars (folksy, almost country-esque stuff) and Soph’s tender vocals with a haunting organ drone, setting up the bowel twisting, supremely superb riffs, saddening doom swagger, and organ outro of “Part II (the tune almost reminiscent of Celestial Season’s best stuff in a few instances…not to mention Acrimony).” There’s also a psychedelic break in “Part II’s” midsection, that’s just to die for…adjectives just bend and melt under the power of it, and the entire song in general. What a closing to this rock ‘em, sock ‘em record!
Fans of shroom-y, stoom-y doom should absolutely flip their wigs over White Hoarhound. Though I have no prior experience with Alunah’s sound other than this record, the band had no problem winning me over track to track. I went from knowing nothing about them, to becoming a big fan in an extremely short span of time. If you like this kind of hazy, mega-heavy smooth groove sound; you should consider this an essential purchase. Now time for this putz to go back and explore their previous releases!
- Jay Snyder
Yeah... we were pretty surprised too!
Last week our record label sent out copies to his press contacts, two days later the album has been leaked onto torrent sites! Now, usually we don't feel so strongly about this kind of thing - promotion's promotion right? Well in this case we're pretty pissed off! PsycheDOOMelic believed in our band, and along with us have spent hard earned cash and long hours working hard to get this release ready for it's September release date. What right has someone got to override that and provide it free of charge for people more than a month before release?
Now, we're not naive, we knew this was going to happen... I just guess we thought people would wait until it was released and not be shitty enough to leak it before the release date! So, if you we're planning on buying the album (and I know those decent amongst you will, as opposed to downloading it for free), please do just that and support PsycheDOOMelic Records so that they can continue to keep putting great music out!
Oh, and whilst we're on the subject of freebies... funny that one of the top search terms in June for our website was "free alunah download" - cheeky bastards!
Keep the underground alive and DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO IT DYING ON IT'S ARSE!
"White Hoarhound", the second album by Birmingham doom band Alunah will be released on PsycheDOOMelic Records on Monday 3rd September.
The album will feature 7 tracks including "Demeter's Grief", "The Chester Midsummer Watch Parade" and "Belial's Fjord". Recorded by Greg Chandler of Esoteric whose previous credits include SerpentCult and Moss, and mixed/mastered by Tony Reed of Stone Axe whose credits include St. Vitus, the album is the much anticipated follow up to their debut "Call of Avernus".
Alunah will be launching the album at Scruffy Murphys in Birmingham on Friday 17th August. Joining them for the launch will be Trippy Wicked, Groan and Baron Greenback. The band will also be filming a video for the "White Hoarhound" track in September.
If you require a promotional copy of "White Hoarhound", please Contact Alunah.
We're chuffed to be having our launch night at our spiritual home of Scruffy Murphys in Birmingham!! Here's the info...
Heretic Promotions Proudly Presents ALUNAH 'White Hoarhound' Album Release Show with support from Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight, Groan & Baron Greenback - Live at Scruffy Murphys on Friday 17th August 2012.
ALUNAH - (https://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom)
A longtime favorite of us here at Heretic Promotions, these Psych/Stoner/Doom Bunch release their second full length album 'WHITE HOARHOUND' upon the unsuspecting hordes at this show - expect a Gargantuan Explosion of the finest riffs Birmingham can offer!
TRIPPY WICKED & THE COSMIC CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT -
This Cavernous trio of St Albans return to Scruffys with their awesome experimental stoner hard rock after their stellar performance at Powerhouse of Doom in April. Currently riding the successful waves of their awesome new album 'Going Home' these guys are not be missed!
GROAN - (https://www.facebook.com/groanuk)
A hefty kick of 70's rock with an added wallop of Doom/stoner licks this UK based bunch of rockers arrive at Scruffys, bringing songs and riffs galore from their critically acclaimed album 'The Sleeping Wizard' as well as offerings from their new album 'The Divine Right of Kings'!.
BARON GREENBACK - (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baron-Greenback/216700451675928)
Discovered during judging the M2M heats for Bloodstock, these guys play awesome, kicking 70s rock with added twists of Sludge and Stoner Riffage with ever soaring vocals! An immense opener for an immense bill!
Live at Scruffys Murphys, Birmingham.
Date: Friday 17th August 2012
If you're reading this you're probably far too bored for words, but thanks anyway we appreciate it.
It's 8am on a Saturday morning, first day of recording "White Hoarhound" with Greg Chandler at Priory Studios and Soph's been hit with a painful throat and ear virus! At least we get a bit of silence over the weekend though... in all seriousness it is quite bad and we're just hoping that she feels better soon. Luckily vocals aren't being recorded until next weekend... (selfish barstards!)
So, after loading the cars, we make our way (luckily for us, only 15 mins away) through the dense fog to Priory Studios in Canwell. The studios are owned by Greg Chandler who is the singer/guitarist of Esoteric... a man who knows his doom all too well! Being on a weekend, our only neighbours are the sheep, squirrels and rabbits who i'm afraid are about to take a real ear bashing! Poor things! Idyllic and peaceful surroundings... perfect for some doooom!
The next couple of hours are spent setting up and tuning the drums, and getting the heaviest and sexiest sounds possible on the bass and Dave's guitar. Gaz's bass sound is immense and is guaranteed to rattle your pants off! Soph will do hers next weekend along with her vocals (hopefully). The new album is very much inspired by the natural world and being at The Priory in Canwell (the area where a medievel monastry once stood... pretty cool eh?) on such a glorious day will really make the album come alive.
Over the course of the day we got the drums, bass and one rhythm guitar section done for half the album... pretty good going! Some of this time was also spent eating Jake's birthday cake, discussing when we are going to get the barbeque up and running, and nicking Soph's medicinal whiskey... we didn't bother with her honey and lemon though!
Towards the end of the day we had a mad panic when Dave's guitar started to badly crackle which we thought was a blown speaker in his green Matamp cab. He tried his other cab (another green cab which he always says sounds different and we never believed him... but it bloody does! Sounds loads different!) but we couldn't match the sound! Anyway, he took the original one home and looked at it, it all seems fine so we're keeping our fingers crossed!
We started the second day of recording slightly later than planned. Dave had been busy fixing his cab and Soph was feeling worse than she did yesterday which ended up with her going to the emergency doctors, which is really shitty. On a postive note, we managed to lay down drums, bass and one rhythm guitar section for the second half of the album. Greg burned off some rough mixes for us and we're chuffed to bits with the results! If the rough mix sounds this good already we cannot wait to get the final mix! It's already sounding heavier than "Call of Avernus"
So next weekend will be recording Soph's vocals and guitar (all being well!), Dave's lead parts and any extra intricacies that we put in.
Terrorizer Magazine have very kindly hailed us as their "Doom Spotlight Band of the Day" in conjunction with their "Secret History of Doom" magazine which we also featured in. The article also features their interview with Soph where she announces that our follow up to "Call of Avernus" will be entitled "White Hoarhound". The album, which will be recorded by Greg Chandler and mixed/mastered by Tony Reed, will be released in the summer on PsycheDOOMelic Records.
Terrorizer's article can be found here:
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