"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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