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Experimental/Post Metal

4.03 | 291 ratings

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4 stars What do you get when you crossbreed post rock with black metal ? Well, what about this album ?

This French band has got a well deserved good reputation over the last years for their numerous EPs and two album. This is their most recent album.

Alcest is using a lot of the black metal trade tools in their music. They lay down a mood and a sound from their first tone and then expands the horizons from the opening salvos. You can therefore regard this as a one piece of music album. Or a symphony, if you like. And this is this day and age's form of symphonies. It captures the mood of today's youth almost perfectly. Not the happy generation doped down on celebrities and fashion. More the youth who ask themselves if this is all life has to offer. There is no answer to that question. Just post rock and post metal.

Using the black metal tools of the trade, Alcest lays down a sound which has some Burzum in it, but mostly post rock. The music is symphonic and disfynctional at the same time. This type of music reminds me a lot about the direction Bathory took after the first four albums. That is; without the viking connotations. But ambience is still the same.

The music here is great throughout though and a joy...... sorry, make that a grief to behold. The themes are bit too tedious at times, but there is still plenty of variations throughout this album. Those who cannot stand black metal vocals should not bother with this album though. But for those of us who can see behind them, this is a great album and highly recommended.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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