Alcest – Les Voyages De L’ame – 89%

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I have to be honest, I don’t know much about this french band other than they made the transition from Black Metal to Shoegaze at some point in their career. Bleak guitars mixed with soothing layered vocals that provide a strange mystique has always been a great formula, just ask the likes of Katatonia and Anathema. Maybe those comparisons to Alcest are a little far fetched or maybe my expertise in french shoegaze isn’t up to snuff, I don’t know. I have read some reviews complaining that they band has totally abandoned their black metal roots and I have to disagree. They certainly have a more approachable sound, but the influence is still there as evident with the second tracks shrieking. This album is pure brilliance in my opinion, everything just sort of clicks. The tones are dark and harsh, the despair in the vocals is mood setting and the synergy amongst the tracks is top notch. One of the best vocal centric albums I’ve heard in a very long time. 3-31-12

Band website: http://www.alcest-music.com/

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