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3.62 | 28 ratings | 4 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Le secret (14:33)
2. Élévation (12:46)

Total Time 27:19

Tracks on 2011 reissue:
1. Le secret (2011 re-recorded) (13:32)
2. Élévation (2011 re-recorded) (13:26)
3. Le secret (14:33)
4. Élévation (12:46)

Total Time 54:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Neige / vocals, guitar, bass, drums, other instruments, composition, lyrics, recording

Releases information

EP, Drakkar Productions, released on the 1st of May 2005.
Recorded in January 2005.
MCD limited to 1000 copies (digipack).

CD (2011, includes 2005 remastered EP "Le secret" and its re-recorded version, different cover)

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ALCEST Le secret ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

ALCEST Le secret reviews

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Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This EP offers neat impressions from Neige's eclectic concept of merging brutal metal elements with dreamy romantic art pop sounds. As I am quite open to both styles, I most honestly greeted the pleasant outcome of this personal approach. The first track starts with natural soundscapes similar to Pink Floyd's "More" album, wandering from calm ethereal chord progressions by vowing hypnotic webs to dusty corners of distant childhood memories. Melodic beautifulness redeems the charming promises of the record cover, and unites with trashy distortion effects deepening the surge of musical drive, and the long composition sleepwalks trough the rustic galleries of both past days and imagination. Soft and clean vocals contrasts the harder leanings of the music, and the overall compositional balances appear well adjusted. The sound quality didn't appear very good to my ears, maybe being part of black metal philosophies, which I have understood as a part of Alcest's musical legacy. The second song elevates towards more celestial movie soundtrack feelings, resembling some corners of peaceful sleep, from which a yet more rawer heavy sequence wakens up, and approaches more heavier metal territories with screaming and dirty tones. I like this music quite much, but I think the following long players are yet more better. Along with improved sound quality, the arrangements and solidity in style fusions get yet more matured in them. If listener appreciates the heavier side more, it is found from this record with stronger emphasis than on the following albums.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Elevation is perfection and the most powerful piece of music Alcest has created. It begins with a peaceful, new-age soundscape and then without warning, it explodes into full-on black metal, rocketing the listener through the sky. "Above the lakes, above the vales / The mountains and the woods ... (read more)

Report this review (#976097) | Posted by Earendil | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars (Please note this is the review of the two tracks 2005 version) Alcest is a French band who in my ears is a bit revolotionary in their mix of black metal and post rock. Take a large slice of Norwegian black metal like Burzum and fuse it with shoegaze post rock. The end result should be somethin ... (read more)

Report this review (#511022) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, August 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Alcest ? le secret So, a second EP from Alcest. This one falls much more truly into the category of post-metal or shoegaze-influenced ambient metal. Gone are the vast majority of the screamed corpse-like vocals, replaced by Neige's more gentle crooning. The guitars still hiss and the drums s ... (read more)

Report this review (#429495) | Posted by stranded_starfish | Friday, April 8, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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