The vocals are certainly a high point of the album. There’s this great innate gloominess to them and they lend themselves fantastically to the music; there’s no ‘gimmick’ to them and the way Sophie moves as one with the music is incredible. Highlights include Heavy Bough, which features a rather soulful and moving vocal performance atop of substantial guitar line, and Scourge And The Kiss, which has an absolutely fantastic rumbly bass line that gives the song a lot of meat and power.
However something that does need to be mentioned is that Awakening The Forest is nothing new instrumentally, which lets it down a tad. It does feel like it’s all been done before, which is disappointing because it does feel like Alunah are capable of better.
As a whole, Awakening The Forest is a strong and engaging album, and one definitely worthy of checking out, but it does need a little bit of fine-tuning here and there.