Alcest’s next chapter in their foray into dreamy shoegaze, Shelter, will arrive on January 21st. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, do so now at this location. While you do that you can stream the new album in full over at Pitchfork. It’s absolutely bright and gorgeous. It’s melancholic at times and upbeat at others. Could it be one of the band’s best? That’s up to you to decide. Head over to Pitchfork to check it out.
Noisey have premiered a new track from Alcest from their forthcoming album Shelter, which is due out on January 21st via Prophecy Productions. The track in question is the ten minute long, ludicrously beautiful “Délivrance”. You can stream the track after the break and have your breath taken away.
Alcest is a beautiful band that I have been in love with for some time now. The band was one of the first post-black metal bands that I got into and they remained one of the genres forerunners for quite some time. That is, until now. It seems the band has chipped away layers of itself and what we are left with is beautifully crafted dream pop.
If you have listened to and love Anne, you will totally be into this. I’m digging the path that Alcest has chosen to walk. It’s dreamy. Check out the bands new video for “Opale” after the jump. Continue reading
British progressive rock outfit Anathema have announced a new Fall North American tour that will commence in early September. The band will be co-headlining the tour with France’s Alcest and will see further support from Mamiffer. The full touring schedule can be viewed below.
I did a lot of posting about Old Silver Key, a post-whatever supergroup featuring members of Drudkh and Neige from Alcest and now there is some more news on the bands current status. If you remember, I recently posted about Andy Marshall’s departure from Falloch and I was left wondering what Andy would be doing now. I was sure he had good reason, and now I learn that he has joined Old Silver Key as a second vocalist.
This is pretty cool news because Andy has a great voice and I think his will sit very nicely next to Neige’s on the bands current and future material. The band issued the following statement.
“We are pleased to inform that Andy Marshall (ex-Falloch) has joined Old Silver Key as second vocalist and composer. The band will start working on the new album within a few weeks.”
Thehappymask are a band that I feel like I’ve posted about before, but I’m not sure. Well in case I didn’t post about them, Thehappymask is a Russian one-man post-black metal/shoegaze/blackgaze band that has released one of the most amazing-sounding shoegaze records I’ve heard in a while. It’s melodic, ambient and absolutely extraordinary. C, the mastermind behind Thehappymask has listed Alcest, Lantlos and An Autumn For Crippled Children as influences and I can hear all of these bands in Thehappymask’s overall sound. Check out Thehappymask’s best songs of 2011 compilation below and download it for free. Get it!
You all should know by now that Bari and I both have massive hard-ons for anything Neige touches, right? Of course, Bari is a lady, so she doesn’t literally get a hard-on. I don’t think I can legally say anything more on the subject actually. I am closing in on a sexual harassment suit as I type, so let’s get back to the video. Neige is an amazing musician and everything he touches is gold. Alcest is my favorite of his projects and I’m (im)patiently waiting for the release of their new album Les Voyages De L’Âme which will be released on January 6th via Season Of Mist.
Until then however, Alcest has given me great joy in the release of a video for the song “Autre Temps” and a new digital release of the single. I’m am more than a little excited about this and I know Bari is as well. Check out the video below. It’s beautiful. Enjoy.
Old Silver Key, you know the band consisting of Neige (Alcest) and members of Drudkh released their debut album Tales Of Wanderings back in September and have since released their first music video for the song “Burnt Letters.” I love this video, the animation accents the music perfectly. I don’t think any other kind of video would suit Old Silver Key and their unique sound. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up Tales Of Wanderings which is available now via Seasons Of Mist.
We all know that Neige teamed up with members of Drudkh to create Old Silver Key, who released their debut album in September and now it has been announced that Drudkh is preparing to release their next album Eternal Turn of the Wheel. This album will be released on February 24th (28th here in the states) via Season Of Mist. Other than this news, all that has been stated is that this album “marks a return to the band’s roots and early sound.” That sounds pretty fucking good to me, how about you? Are you stoked for new Drudkh? The band’s last full-length album, Пригорща Зірок (Handful of Stars) was released in September of 2010, so it’s about time for some new tunes. Get stoked!
Alcest is a house favorite to half of the American Aftermath staff (Bari and I to be specific) and both of us have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Les Voyages De L’Âme which is set for release in January. Well, Alcest has been working on a video, digital single and vinyl release of said single. A clip of the video can be seen below. The full video and single/vinyl will be released on December 2nd. Get excited.
Good Sunday, fine people. Today I have a very special playlist for you. As you all know, Bari and I are big Neige fans. We both love all of his projects and Bari actually got to interview the man himself not too long ago. So you should all know that when Lantlôs posted their new album online for all of us to enjoy, we’d be all over it.
This album is absolutely amazing. I love it, I love it, I love it. Might be breaking it’s way into my year-end list and I’m pretty sure Bari has been creaming all over this already. Check out a full stream of the album (via YouTube) below. Enjoy, I know you will.
~R. Gnarly Doom Occvlta//#BlackMetalSunday
The massive Enslaved/Ghost/Alcest tour hit NYC on September 25th after months of waiting and nonstop hype. Despite the unfortunate loss of Ghost and the addition of the lesser known Junius, the Gramercy was still packed (with Ghost shirts). The show was fucking awesome. Local doom metal outfit Fin’Amor laid the dark, atmospheric groundwork for the following acts, giving excited headbangers an extremely impressive performance.
If you’re unfamiliar with French black metal musician Neige, you might want to read my previous posts for some background: Of Another World, part one and part two. Every Alcest recording has an intangible, ethereal quality your mortal brain can never quite grasp. Like chasing a blackgaze butterfly, the nostalgia that is the essence of Neige’s creation always remains just out of reach. In this dimension, anyway. How does one translate such subtle qualities into a live performance? Is it possible for invisible spirits to remain unseen while captivating dozens of individuals at the same time? Neige, Zero, and Winterhalter defy natural law when they take the stage. How Alcest manages to embody the very definition of ethereal is a secret, and it should remain that way. I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear during heartbreaker “Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde,” and I wasn’t alone. Sincerely one of the most emotional concert experiences I’ve ever had. I didn’t catch much of Junius, but they seemed tight. Enslaved was magnificent, crushing everyone aurally while everyone crushed each other physically. I distinctly remember dragging someone out of the pit by their neck. Br00tal.
Thanks to Ross, I was lucky enough to meet up with Neige before Alcest’s set. Due to a crowded bar and a press sticker mix-up, the interview venue became the doorway of a very busy apartment building. Neige was such a good sport about the situation and a fantastic conversationalist, unhindered by a foreign tongue. Drummer Winterhalter eventually joined us, also an easy-going guy, officially making Alcest the Nicest Band Ever. Also of note is Neige’s recommendation of San Francisco’s experimental black metal outfit Deafheaven, a band you will be hearing a lot about in the future. Get on this ASAP: http://deafheavens.bandcamp.com/
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Due to some fuck-ups with their visas, it seems that Swedish occult rockers Ghost will not be able to make the tour they had coming up with Enslaved and Alcest. The band was quoted in saying that:
“Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour.
“We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, Enslaved and Alcest. And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans.
“This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the US as soon as possible and perform for all of you. Our most malicious of wishes.”
The band has also stated that they would do their best to return for a fall tour in the future. You can read the full articlehere although there is not much more to tell. This would really suck for someone who was planning on seeing them. I, on the other hand, weren’t so I’m not brokenhearted.
~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.