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Who thought, Black Sabbath was always too light and joyful, but went all the way through the bloody Sabbath and paranoias, even beamed through the 90s universe of Kyuss and later through the doom metal like from My Dying Bride, such a person could find himself right now suddenly overwhelmed by a leaden, white rabbit and fat, nightmare-slow guitar riffs. The white rabbit sings on one hand with clear throat like Ozzy, on the other like a Grace Slick in a far-echoing cathedral of darkness.
The songs of ALUNAH, Birmingham, United Kingdom, are not particularly imaginative or varied, but deeply they transport the psychedelic mood of doom rock. Who likes this kind of epic slowness - which transforms any rush of a jumping kangaroos in the sluggishness of a hippopotamus - can sink smoothly into this trance, draw the curtains and let the oily red wine bubble, because the air that flickers out of the speakers is hot. The "Future of Doom" (how Alunah was already titled) swells blazing like lava from the crater of the past.
But after about half an hour the scenario changes a little and the acoustically hypnotized listener by gloomy walls is removed from his doom! Downright a mild delicate acoustic guitar whisper in the introduction of "Oak ritual I". The following "Oak ritual II" has about eleven minutes, but the reason is a two minutes long stretched pause in the middle of the song. Behind this piece of silence a Hammond organ leads tender out of the album. Presumably, the check for hasty music journalists, whether they have heard the disc through to the end. We have.
Tracklist: 01. Demeter’s Grief
02. White Hoarhound
03. Belial’s Fjord
04. The Offering
05. Chester Midsummer Watch Parade
06. Oak Ritual I
07. Oak Ritual II
Soph Day / vocals and guitar
Dave Day / guitar
Gaz Imber / bass
Jake Mason / drums