Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "Light Of Winter" and "Fire Of Thornborough Henge"

Rating out of 10

Alunah – Solennial

Release Date: 17th March 2017
Svart Records: http://bit.ly/2o1NUYV

Alunah are a doom/psychedelic metal band hailing from Birmingham, England. They formed back in 2006 and with 3 albums already behind them, the band are proud to show off their fourth studio release ‘Solennial which has been released through Svart Records. Alunah aim to expand their sonic palette and build on their success from the past 3 albums.  

What you can expect from Solennial is a combination of doom and psychadelic metal which is pretty new to me. The lyrics are based on folklore, deeply personal expression, beauty and decay and you instantly get that feel from the first track ‘The Dying Soilwhich is a mellow song with soothing harmonies within Sophie Day’s vocals. If you’re a fan of doom metal like myself, then you’re absolutely going to enjoy this interesting new take.

As you progress from the album, I recommend to take a few listens to each track, rather than just judging it instantly. You’ll get a feel for the lyrics that Sophie is voicing. I would say clear influences for Alunnah are bands Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Acid King.

As we go through this album ‘Feast Of Torches and ‘The Reckoning Of Time are exceptional tracks; with heavy riffs of doom blended with Sophie‘s vocals and the rest of the band’s backing vocals, it just gives the tracks the power that doom metal genre adheres to. My standout track on this album is ‘Fire Of Thornborough Henge has an old school doom sound blended with Alunah’s unique take, which is refreshing to hear.

Alunah have released yet another hit for the doom metal genre. Another doom release I have reviewed this year was Dead Witches album ‘Ouija‘, which also had rave reviews, so it’s good to see that doom metal is thriving. I would these guys could easily be up there with classics like ‘Paranoid‘ by Black Sabbath and ‘III by Acid King. It seems that 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for Doom Metal.

For Fans Of: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Acid King

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