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3.63 | 88 ratings | 3 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kodama (9:07)
2. Eclosion (8:55)
3. Je suis d'ailleurs (7:20)
4. Untouched (5:12)
5. Oiseaux de proie (7:48)
6. Onyx (3:52)

Total Time 42:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Neige (Stéphane Paut) / composer, vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Winterhalter (Jean Deflandre) / drums

- Kathrine Shepard / vocals (1)

Releases information

Artwork: Førtifem, Neige

CD Prophecy Productions ‎- PRO 190 (2016, Germany)

LP Prophecy Productions ‎- PRO 190 LP (2016, Germ

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ALCEST Kodama ratings distribution

(88 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

ALCEST Kodama reviews

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Review by jammun
4 stars I move slowly these days. I did not even know this crew had released a new album.

After the relative disappointment of Shelter, Neige and co. seem to have decided to return to earlier times and sounds in most ways. These are thoughtful compositions...moving from contemplative to aggressive in the wink of an eye. Even my cat has been surprised by some of the sudden tempo or volume changes, and he snatches birds out of the sky. The vocals either caress or scream. Yes! the screams are back! Yes the guitar washes are back! Everything that I loved about these guys is here in spades. Overall the production seems more fitting which is to say there is now a bottom end, something I complained about on the earlier albums.

I read something somewhere that said this was their "Japanese" album. I don't know what a "Japanese" album is, though I've always liked that song Sukiyaki. I guess, yes, Neige said it was influenced by the film Princess Mononoke. Well enough. It is all full of light and darkness, of earth and air, of death and life.

Of course I still do not understand the words (my fault, I don't speak French). Welcome back Alcest. I'd forgotten about you and it's good to see an old friend can still awe.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Although I liked Alcest's first two albums and considered their particular take on the "Blackgaze" style of black metal/shoegaze mashup to be quite pleasing (albeit with a gimmick which didn't quite stand up to repeat listens), their third album Les voyages de l'âme seemed to find the approach wearing thin, Neige and crew seeming to lose interest in the black metal part of their formula. Their fourth album, Shelter, only served to confirm that impression in my eyes, since it saw them more or less entirely drop the black metal aspects of their sound for a more purely shoegaze approach.

However, perhaps just this sort of diversion was needed to allow Alcest to recharge their black metal batteries, because the full blackgaze style is back on Kodama, a concept album inspired by the conflict between the human and natural worlds as depicted in the classic anime movie Princess Mononoke. The concept isn't as awkward a fit for atmospheric black metal as you may think - after all, aren't Wolves In the Throne Room positively obsessed with just such ideas? - and though the delivery doesn't seem to draw very much on traditional Japanese music (or anime soundtracks) stylistically, it does feel like Alcest more confidently setting forth their particular formula, though it is a formula which I've grown weary of.

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3 stars Great blackgaze, but that's all it is: 6.5/10 Blackgaze. Such a beautiful, aesthetic name for a genre. It combines shoegaze's immersion with black metal's heavy and bleak riffages, creating an atmosphere that feels simultaneously warm and melancholic; like a dismal cloudy day, whose dreariness is ... (read more)

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