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Alunah – Awakening The Forest

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Last Updated on 09:11 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Heavy Rock, Doom
Country: United Kingdom
Label: Napalm Records
Year: 2014

The industrial Birmingham has gone through some significant changes since the time it drove young people into writing songs like “Black Sabbath”, “Electric Funeral” etc. But no matter how much some things have changed, it seems that the haze that was once unleashed there by Tony Iommi’s riffs has covered that specific area for ever. Come to think of it, that haze has covered the whole universe but that is not the point. This review is about Alunah, another band from the West Midlands which keeps an almost industrial pace when it comes to releasing albums (three albums during five years).

Their music can be described as mix of (surprise!!!) early Black Sabbath and Jex Thoth. And I could say the same thing about Sophie Day’s vocals (which have markedly improved when compared to the ones from Alunah’s previous releases). This is how Jex Thoth would probably sound like if she sang some of Ozzy’s vocal lines.

In case you have listened to the band’s previous releases there’s a good chance that you will find the sound of “Awakening the Forest” strange, since Alunah sound less “squared” than they used to do. The use of fuzz is more discreet and that is something that has certainly a lot to do with the coming of Dan Burchmore who uses a cleaner bass sound.

As for the compositions, although Alunah may not have the same enthusiasm and energy as they did on their first album, they seem to have found their own identity, avoiding some of the experiments they tried on their second album which were not so successful.

I believe that the album could have been a bit more diverse, something that would make the final outcome even more interesting. The vocals are kind of doing the same thing on every song which results in all the songs having the same mood. Although all of them are good, there are times during the album that you will find yourself seeking that “something” that would take things to another level. Nevertheless, I think that the straightforwardness of their music makes “Awakening the Forest” an enjoyable and easy to like album for nearly every fan of heavy music.

4/6

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