Alunah, previously Aluna, are a Doom metal band from England that formed in 2006. The band's lineup currently consists of singer and guitarist Sophie Day, guitarist David Day, bassist Daniel Burchmore, and drummer Jake Mason. Their music has been described by Kerrang! as "riding slow, blues-dipped grooves and adding mystical lyrical sweeps... a unique force in British doom."
Their first recording was the "Crystal Voyage" demo in 2007, but their first official release "Fall To Earth" was released in 2008 as a 3 track E.P on UK label Catacomb Records, and this was later re-released on 10" vinyl in 2009 by German label Nasoni Records. Shortly after releasing Fall to Earth, in 2008 the band were threatened with legal action regarding the name Aluna, and so were forced to change it to Alunah, thus avoiding any copyright infringement. Vocalist Sophie Day said that "we had about five hundred CDs going off to HMV with the name Aluna on the cover! So we had to recall them all and re-sticker them, and after a lot of letters back and forth, they decided to let us put the H on the end, so that it sounded the same but wasn't breaching their copyright."
Gareth Imber joined on bass guitar in 2009, replacing original member Andy Barnett. The first release with the new name was 2009's 7' vinyl split with Queen Elephantine. This was also released on Catacomb Records, and limited to 250 copies on deep pink vinyl. However, the recording still featured Barnett. Alunah's debut album "Call of Avernus" was released in 2010, and was Imber's first recording with the band. The album was released on Catacomb Records, and recorded by Greg Chandler of Esoteric at his Priory Recording Studios near Canwell Priory in Staffordshire. The album was also mixed by Chandler, but mastered by James Plotkin of Khanate and OLD. Tape cassette specialist label Cosmic Tomb re-released "Call of Avernus" on tape cassette in May 2014.
In 2011, it was announced that Alunah had signed two record deals, one with Psychedoomelic Records and the other with Doom Metal Alliance. Day said at the time to Terrorizer: "We are extremely happy to be working with both Psychedoomelic and Doom Metal Alliance, we’ve known the former for a while as trading partners and their reputation for putting out great music precedes them. The guys behind DMA have been avid supporters of Alunah since we started. We’ve worked super hard in the past few years and it’s great that labels as awesome as these have recognised that". Alunah released their second album "White Hoarhound" via Psychedoomelic Records in 2012, but nothing came of the deal with Doom Metal Alliance. "White Hoarhound" was again recorded by Chandler, but this time was mixed and mastered by Tony Reed of Mos Generator and Stone Axe who are both on Ripple Music.
"White Hoarhound" was re-released in January 2013 on limited edition 12" vinyl via Austria based Heavy metal music label Napalm Records. The vinyl was limited to 200 copies on green transparent and 100 copies on white, both on 180 gram vinyl and with special vinyl mastering. In December 2013, Alunah signed a worldwide recording and publishing contract with Napalm Records, and joined such bands and artists as Brant Bjork, Ahab, Alestorm, John Garcia, Candlemass, Cavalera Conspiracy, Delain, DevilDriver, Huntress and Liv Kristine on their roster. Day commented: "Alunah are incredibly happy to have signed a worldwide album deal with the world renowned label Napalm Records. We already have a strong working relationship from when they released a vinyl version of our second album "White Hoarhound", and we are proud to have been asked to join the Napalm family on a more long-term basis. We have a hard working ethic, are constantly evolving and appreciate everything given to us. We are joining a roster which boasts some of the best bands in the industry, and we’re confident that this new phase in our relationship is a mutually beneficial one." Alunah joined the Sound of Liberation European booking roster in 2013 home of such bands as The Atomic Bitchwax, Colour Haze, Dozer, Ufomammut and Truckfighters among others, and embarked on their first mainland Europe tour in April 2013, visiting France, Germany, Poland, Denmark and playing such festivals as DesertFest in Berlin and Heavy Days in Doomtown in Copenhagen.
Shortly after they returned from their European tour, bassist Imber left to concentrate on his other band, and he was soon replaced by Dan Burchmore in June 2013. At the time, Day said: "We instantly all hit it off, he’s got a great attitude, is an awesome, tight player with a fat sound, plenty of groove and has added something extra to our existing songs. We can’t wait to get on stage with him and introduce him to everyone and Burchmore said: I’ve been a fan of Alunah’s work for a while, so it’s an honour to be part of the band, playing with some great musicians and all round great people. Really looking forward to what the future holds and making some heavy sounds!"
In May 2014 Alunah visited Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire to film the video for "Heavy Bough" for the upcoming album "Awakening The Forest". The video was then released in September 2014, and Alunah worked with Director Rhodri Thomas, VFX Simon Matthews and George D Sanderon as the Antlered Man to create it.
In October 2014, Alunah released their third album "Awakening The Forest", which was their first for Napalm Records, and first to feature Burchmore. The artwork was created by Michael Cowell, and a video was created by Thomas featuring Day and Cowell which explained the creative process. The album was released on both CD and vinyl, and the vinyl was available in black, forest green and red. Decibel said: "Is there a doom band that sounds dreamier than Alunah? That’s a big reason I love this English band: they play heavy music rooted in the tradition of Saint Vitus, but the focus isn’t so much on brute force but grace." and About.com said: "The riffs are huge and hypnotic and the psychedelics entrancing, giving off the foreboding sense that doom's best possess. Day's fluid delivery is such that her adaptability fills the mold required by the album's stylistic flow." Alunah embarked on a European tour in October 2014, visited France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and performed at Up In Smoke Festival at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland alongside Kadaver, Blues Pills and Brant Bjork. The band held their album launch party at Scruffy Murphys in Birmingham, England. Midlands Rocks reviewed the launch and said: "Alunah also threw in their old favourites ‘Belial’s Fjord’ and ‘White Hoarhound’ which never fail to melt the hardest of hearts before bringing the curtain down on a great set – and terrific night at Scruffys – with the new album’s title track "Awakening the Forest", another mesmerizing masterpiece from one of the UK’s most enchanting doom bands."
2015 saw Alunah sign with Dutch based booking agency Loud Noise Productions, re-release both "Call of Avernus" and "White Hoarhound" CDs on Canadian label PRC Music, and give "Call of Avernus" its first vinyl release via Hevisike Records.
Alunah spent 2016 writing and preparing for their fourth album, they also left Napalm Records. Alunah's fourth album 'Solennial' was recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio which is owned by Jon Davis of Conan. They also filmed a new video in South Wales for 'Fire of Thornborough Henge'. 'Solennial' was released 17th March 2017 on cult and highly respected Finnish label Svart Records, it features the band's only recorded cover version; 'A Forest' by The Cure. Alunah are embarking on a UK and European tour in support of this.
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