Thanks to Zero Tolerance Magazine for this great live review of Alunah at The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham.
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...
Last Christmas Eve 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! We played over in Europe for the the first time, released our first 12" Record, signed a worldwide album deal with Napalm Records, gained a new bass player and played with some of our favourite bands such as Saint Vitus, High on Fire and The Sword. We can't thank everyone who made this year awesome, but we truly appreciate everyone who came to a gig, bought merch and supported us!
The year wouldn't have been what it was without the input from the following people, most of whom we said thanks to last year; they continue to be the best people to have on your side!
Gareth Imber: Gaz left Alunah this year to concentrate on his other band, but we can't write this without thanking him. We spent 4 years with Gaz, and wrote and recorded 2 albums with him. We wish him all the best for the future!
Dan Burchmore: Dan joined us earlier in the year, he's an awesome bassist and a top bloke! He learnt our songs straight away, spent his first Alunah gig supporting Karma to Burn, and immediately got stuck in writing songs for our forthcoming album! We're excited about our future with Dan, and Napalm Records.
Sebastian Muench and the team at Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions: Napalm released White Hoarhound on 12" vinyl back in January. We entered talks with them a few months ago regarding a long-term partnership, and at the beginning of December we signed a worldwide contract. News of the deal can be read here >>
Matte and the team at Sound of Liberation: We also partnered up with European booking agency SOL this year, and embarked on a 10 date European tour taking in France, Germany, Poland and Denmark. We are currently making plans regarding our 2014 tour.
Olivia Burr: Liv tirelessly sells our merch for us, provides transport when needed and handles all management queries for us! We couldn't do what we do without her!
Mez Dewsbury at OHMZ Sound Services: Mez accompanies us on the road, providing sound and technical services. He also promotes local stoner/doom gigs at Scruffy Murphys as part of his promotions company Heretic Promotions. Awesome bloke, professional and a top laugh!
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. They continue to be awesome!
Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios: Greg recorded both of our albums, he totally gets us, and is an easy creative guy to work with. He pulled out all of the stops to deliver some brilliant sounding demos recently, and has given us great advice regarding the legal side of the music industry. We will be working with him on our 3rd album also.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, webzines and podcasts who we've done stuff with in 2013. Again, in no particular order and sorry to those we've missed:
High on Fire, The Sword, Lonely Kamel, Saint Vitus, Ufomammut, Kadaver, Orchid, Gentleman's Pistols, Mos Generator, Fatso Jetson, The Wounded Kings, Samsara Blues Experiment, Witchsorrow, Conan, Black Moth, Black Star Riders, Skindred, Black Spiders, GOLD, Slow Worm, Jex Thoth, Moghul, Mage, Temple of Lies, Diesel King, Eldorado, Grifter, Greenhorn, The Albion Codex, Trippy Wicked, Hannah Rachel McCaul, Karma to Burn, Desert Storm, Stubb, Huata, Belzebong, Dopelord, Stoneache, The Skeletons, Cultura Tres, Prosperina, Heavy on The Ride, DesertFest Berlin, Heavy Days in Doom Town, French Metal Webzine, O2 Academy, Scruffy Murphys, Kerrang Magazine, I Did The Booking, Paranoid Hitsophrenic, Midlands Rocks, Contact FM, Rocking The Midlands, Doomsmoker.pl, Evil Wizard Promotions, Castle Cases, Vein-Tap.Com, Stoned Gatherings, Black Bullet Live, Terrorizer Magazine, Metal Mouth, Destruction Music, The Sleeping Shaman, Doommantia, The Obelisk, Cosmic Tomb, Temple of Perdition (R.I.P - thanks for everything!), The Sludgelord, Uberrock, Repulsive Revolutions, Stonerhead Let Groove Your Brains Tonight, Stonerrock.eu, The Paranoid Music Blog, Blabbermouth, Moonlight666.com, Hard Rock Hell, Native Ground, Metal as Religion, Brett Devey Photography, Zero Tolerance Magazine, Doommantia, Michael Cowell, DesertScene, Rock Regeneration, Doomed and Stoned, The Morsel, Get Ready to Rock, Get Your Rock Out, TBFM Radio, Planet Mosh and Eyes From The Mosh Pit.
In 2014 we will release our third album, re-release Call of Avernus on tape cassette, play various festivals, play with Grand Magus, tour Europe and the UK 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 2013...
Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts
1. Alunah's 2013 European Tour Diary - by Soph
2. Alunah Sign Worldwide Album Deal with Napalm Records
3. Alunah Announce New Bassist
4. Alunah to Support St. Vitus in Birmingham
5. Alunah Play Hard Rock Hell 7
Top 10 Most Viewed Images of 2013
Thanks to Zero Tolerance magazine for this awesome Alunah review from when we played with The Wounded Kings, Witchsorrow and Huata at The Garage, London back in May.
"As i walk into the confines of the upstairs room at the Garage I'm immediately stopped in my tracks by the epic soulful sound of Alunah in full flight. The perfectly ponderous riffs roll out from the stage in waves while wonderful wailing leads circle overhead and hammering drum beats sit behind like portentous thunder clouds. The deep, rumbling grooves of their set fall silent all too quickly but its still a magnificent start to the evening"
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