Alunah – Violet Hour

Alunah – Violet Hour
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 11/10/2019
Running Time: 41:35
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Midlands four-piece Alunah show that, without doubt, you can take something primal and brutal but turn it into a thing of beauty. Their 60’s tinged doom metal follows in the footsteps of pioneers Black Sabbath but is, if anything, more unnerving than the Legends ever released and, with Siân Greenaway fronting the band, have a vocalist who can really seduce the listener. ‘Trapped & Bound’ opens with dense riffs and heavy as thunder drums before enchanting vocals come in sounding like an angry Grace Slick and finally Dean Ashton kicks in with a tasty, funked up guitar solo. ‘Dance of Deceit’ also makes a huge impression, driving and forceful, it doesn’t just bluster and crush but does something more subtle and deadly too.

Having the air of something that could have been penned at the tail end of the days of ‘flower power’, ‘Hunt’ is a gorgeous and seductive slice of heavy and twisted psychedelia. Hypnotic and strangely futuristic, it radiates a sense of edgy wonder as Greenaway comes across as a primal and earthy force.  The singer comes to the fore again as she mesmerises over the cascading stoner fretwork of the aptly titled ‘Hypnotised’, the track swirling and pulsating to a shuddering finish. The album’s title track turns more towards a menacing blues shuffle with drummer Jake Mason and Daniel Burchmore on bass really turning up the heat, their playing hitting a solid groove and they then truly launch into the galloping riff of ‘Unholy Disease’. One of the most epic tracks on the release, this is a full-blooded assault on the senses as the huge vocals and guitar solo lift the song out into the stratosphere.

Not to be outdone or anti-climactic, ‘Velvet’ blends a riff almost plucked from Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ with the mystical and Far Eastern vibe of Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ to devastating effect but the band manage to top even this with closer ‘Lake of Fire’. Opening with some cool keys playing, the track is a real head trip, yet more exquisite vocals grow and swell until they’re the size to fill a cathedral. The huge scale and ambition of Alunah is encapsulated in this final track but, in truth, the whole album is a one titanic magic carpet ride from start to finish. The aural equivalent of Hansel and Gretel’s forest, “Violet Hour” is certainly something to get yourself lost in.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Trapped & Bound
02. Dance Of Deceit
03. Hunt
04. Hypnotised
05. Violet Hour
06. Unholy Disease
07. Velvet
08. Lake Of Fire

LINE-UP
Siân Greenaway – Vocals
Daniel Burchmore – Bass
Jake Mason – Drums
Dean Ashton – Guitar

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom/
https://twitter.com/alunah_doom
https://www.instagram.com/alunahband/
https://alunah.bandcamp.com/

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Nebula State – Take Us To Your Leader EP

Take Us To Your Leader EP Cover

Nebula State – Take Us To Your Leader EP
Self-Released
Release Date 21/03/2019
Running Time: 23:32
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On the 11th February this year I received a message asking if I would be interested in doing an EP review and I said of course I would be happy to. The EP name is “Take Us To Your Leader” and it is by Midlands based Metalcore/Electronicore band “Nebula State”!

Even though it has taken me a while to review I have been listening to this ever since I received it. I had heard of Nebula State before, not much in all fairness, but some and I thought they were alright, but listening to this has made my opinion of them increase.

There is something I really like about listening to this selection of songs and that is it’s not all just in your face screaming, it balances the amount of both screaming and singing which is awesome and a great pick-me-up. The songs are great to listen to because, in a few, the instruments are really fast and heavy whereas the singing is so calm. This makes me feel really happy because it shows that even though they are an amazing Metalcore band, the word Metalcore doesn’t mean that they are just about screaming or grunting but sing as well with such finesse.

I will be straight up and say I really have enjoyed “Take Us To Your Leader”. It has been over a month since I received it and I can’t stop listening to it. I have listened to other albums but I have always been dragged back to this one because it’s ‘feel good; listening and as someone who has had writers block and has also been struggling with depression, listening to this cheers me up while going through the pain and I couldn’t ask much more from an EP. I, like many others enjoy listening to heavy metal, it’s what keeps me moving forward and Nebula State are the type of band which I need as part of my music listening to stay upbeat!

Now comes the toughest part which is the rating of the EP. Even though it is tough it is a key part to any review and so, with that said, the rating couldn’t be anything short of a 9/10, I love it so much but that isn’t the end of it. Within this storming collection of songs I have a favourite and that track is ‘Catch Me’. Vocally it is amazing and the song is beyond words so I couldn’t rate it any lower than a10/10. It’s one of those songs that you keep going back to even if you have the whole thing on repeat. I know that in my dark times I can turn to that song and I’ll start feeling better.

I would like to thank the members of the band Joey Grey – Vocals, Ethan Cottier – Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Sheriff – Drums and Kyle Jones – Bass Guitar. You guys have put so much work into “Take Us To Your Leader” and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to review it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. This Poison
02. Your Monster
03. Catch Me
04. Black Aura
05. Darkness Descends
06. Broken Bones

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/NebulaState/
https://www.instagram.com/nebulastate/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1MB7BMydg0GpBENMy7EVRQ

 

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