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Les voyages de l’âme by Alcest

Les voyages de l'âme by Alcest

Album Review

Though French black metal has always been full of experimental weirdness that pushes at the genre’s narrow boundaries, none has pushed the envelope as far as Alcest, a band that willfully combines black metal’s buzz, gorgeous shoegaze melodies, ambient soundscapes, and post rock feedback. Les Voyages de l’Âme, Alcest’s third full-length, arrives with great expectations based on the shock-of-the-new that greeted their debut, Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde, and its follow-up Ecailles de Lune. Alcest stands in its own “blackgaze” space at the crossroads of Burzum’s Filosofem and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. But one wonders how black that space can actually be with melodies that are so consciously attractive and lyrics that reject negativity. Founder, songwriter, and guitarist Neige was a one-man show until recently when Winterhalter was added on drums. Here Alcest’s sound continues to evolve, stripping away more and more of…




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