There was a huge weight on Alunah‘s shoulders at the advent of their career. Hailing from Birmingham, the illustrious home to heavy metal, it would have been all to easy to fly under the radar. Fortunately, their début captivated doomsters with its crushing riffs and entrancing female vocals, and the follow-up White Hoarhound miraculously eluded the sophomore slump by boldly expanding their sound to epic levels and progressing their song-writing prowess. Now, Awakening The Forest has arrived and blows them out of the water. As an ode to British folklore, it’s replete with massive riffs, earthy vocals and tasteful guitar solos. From a hometown steeped in musical tradition, Alunah draws on the 70s blues-rock of early Black Sabbath, the destructive riffs of Cathedral, and even veers state-side to borrow from The Obsessed – and they are worthy to bear such comparisons.