Solennial Press and Quotes
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THE OBELISK (USA) >>
"Solennial basks in a solar ritualizing true to its etymology, but moreover, it carries a feeling of mastery behind its creation that stands in henge-like testament to Alunah‘s hard-won maturity as a band. By no means to they seem like they are finished growing, but then, a forest never is."
NOISEY (USA) >>
"It's satisfyingly heavy, but also manages to soar—and to roll out the odd solo to keep things grooving. In a crowded nest of subgenres, Alunah truly stands out"
THE QUIETUS (UK) >>
"Songs like the stark, crestfallen ‘Lugh’s Assembly’, with it’s almost funeral doom-esque chord changes, exhibit a new-found subtlety and greater emotional depth which marks Solennial out as the band’s most mature, elegiac work."
METAL HAMMER (UK) >>
"Solennial raises the esoteric energy of Alunah's previous albums, but carries its own weight with newfound verve". (8/10)
TERRORIZER MAGAZINE (UK)
"...an Alunah album is one to be savoured, and dipping back into the soil of these Birmingham based forest folk is an instantly beguiling experience..." (8/10)
SCREAM MAGAZINE (NO)
"...the atmosphere, melodies and glorious doom riffs from start to finish make this release an unconditional good experience..." (4/6)
SOUNDSCAPE MAGAZINE >>
"Solennial feels like a big step up from Alunah’s last release and this is a truly exciting piece that will really get under your skin the more you listen to it! This is addictive, memorable and very powerful – and it’s absolutely fantastic." (9/10)
DOOM METAL FRONT (DE) >>
"Solennial" is a masterpiece of doom causing gooseflesh with every tone, its warmness and ravishing melodies. What do love and doom have in common? Listen to "Solennial"
AVE NOCTUM (UK) >>
"‘Solennial’ is a tribute to the continuing development of Alunah, with each album getting better and better...‘Solennial’ is an album that should take pride of place amongst a host of “Best of 2017” lists; by this time in 2016 my own personal list was starting to fill out, but this is the first album of the year I’ve had to review that is guaranteed a slot." (9/10 Spenny)
METAL BANDCAMP (US) >>
"Solennial is simply superb. The smoky fluidity of Alunah's melodies coil around you imbuing warmth as comforting as your favourite wool sweater or a mother's embrace. Repeated listens only enhance the connection to the encapsulating album"
NINEHERTZ (UK) >>
"Alunah have never sounded better, this a giant leap forward, a band not only comfortable in their skin but finding new ways of perfecting their sound, and succeeding at that. Listen to Petrichor, to Feast of Torches, be taken in by the vocals. Solennial is a grand return."
CACK BLABBATH (UK) >>
"Solennial’ is the sound of a very confident band who are more than comfortable in their craft. It’s the sound of a band who don’t appear to be shackled down; they’ve just gone out and written an album that sounds like a completely natural progression for them and ‘Solennial’ is already cemented as one of our favourite albums of the year. A stunning piece of work from a very classy band indeed!"
HOME OF METAL (UK) >>
"Latest LP ‘Solennial’ ventures further down this path whilst elaborating on the quartet’s pastoral, folky tendencies to create their most eerie, mature and touching opus to date, with songs like ‘Fire Of Thornborough Henge’ breaking new ground for the group."
THE OFFERING (US) >>
"With “Solennial” Alunah proves to be a quite interesting band delivering a particularly spellbinding retro sound that combined with folklore vibes and a strong spiritual celebration of nature will definitely delight the listeners."
PLANET MOSH (UK) >>
"If you like your doom metal a bit old style and with a folk slant then this is the album for you."
DISTORTED SOUND MAGAZINE >>
"Solennial is manna from heaven for those who gravitate towards release described using the words ‘doom’ and ‘stoner’. It would be a shame if Solennial’s appeal was constrained by those genre boundaries, as there’s a breadth of sound here which could easily see it reach out to a much wider audience. ALUNAH‘s Solennial is their best album to date, striking a better balance between their sound and their environmentally-aware pagan beliefs than anything released before." (9/10)
ANTICHRIST MAGAZINE (UK) >>
"You kind of feel Alunah are now comfortable in their own skin. They are sure of their place in the world, able to pursue their own melancholic path without the need to seek approval or confirmation" (90%)
METAL RECUSANTS (UK) >>
"Solennial is a dark yet serene album that emits a visceral sense of the ethereal with a healthy supply of wizardry. The songwriting is strong and varied throughout, never a bore. I really hope this record propels Alunah and allows the band to come to the other side of the pond. This is my favorite release of the year so far for sure."
"Steadfast in their approach across 3 prior albums, what I like about this band (besides having that quintessential English doom style) is the way in which there is a karmic feel to their material, so rather than compose, there is a natural vibe to which they add their nature worship and folkloric grooves to make for a captivating psychedelic sun worshiping trip!" (3/4)
SENTINEL DAILY (AU) >>
"This is strangely powerful, affecting stuff indeed"
THE MOSHVILLE TIMES (UK) >>
"Solennial can be considered a step-up from their previous album and is, arguably, one of the most complete albums I’ve heard in a while. Each track expertly flows into the next and like Persefone’s latest, you can’t really jump in at any one point. If I was a vinyl collector, this album would find a warm and welcome place amongst the collection." (8/10)
MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC (UK) >>
"As has almost has become their trademark, Alunah have done this in their own calm and understated way, and have proved yet again that they might just be the best doom band we have on these shores right now." (8.5/10)
WHITE ROOM (NL) >>
"The quartet has on this album continued the line of their doom to triumph the genre."
TWO GUYS METAL REVIEWS >>
"Alunah resonate deep within your heart, crashing their way forward with warm production luring you in, step after step. Toss in some top notch songwriting and it becomes very hard to turn away from all that is happening here."
MUSIC WAVES (FR) >>
"Solennial is a ceremonious ballad draped with a sweet bitterness" (4/5)