It helps that Alunah are experienced live performers – having toured with just about everyone from Paradise Lost to Stone Axe, but in recent months their performance appears to have gone up a notch, and the riffs ring out just that little bit more confidently than before.
They find the time to chuck in a cover (“does anyone like The Cure?” Asks singer Sophie, perhaps more in hope than expectation) and they even make 1980s goth sound like one of their own, while “Scourge Of The Kiss” sounds menacing to follow.
Sophie dedicates “White Hoarhound,” the title track of their last album, to her mum (we don’t ask…..) and it’s huge chorus and solo, show why it was such a favourite when it was released a couple of years ago.
“Awakening The Forest” ends the set and is the perfect showcase of a band – who like most of the rest of the bill – take the great British metal of the early 1970s and give it a fresh twist. Rock folklore has it that heavy metal was born about two miles from this room. It does appear, some 40 odd years later, to be ageing very well.
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