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Ecailles De Lune (Jewel Case Edition) Import

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The successor of ALCEST's highly acclaimed debut album "Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde" is entitled "Écailles De Lune". A masterpiece of Shoegaze (Dark) Metal / Post Rock and available in two versions, Regular Edition jewel case and a special Digibook Edition.

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If any proof were needed that anticipation was at a fever pitch for Alcest's second full-length album, it could be found in the fact that a clever leak of Écailles de Lune that made the rounds before its release was rabidly snapped up worldwide even though most of the tracks came from a compilation of Chinese black metal acts. But the fact that it was treated as the real thing shows how strong Alcest's own aesthetic mark has been made already, and Écailles de Lune makes the most of its compelling fusion of black metal's theatricality and the after-echoes of shoegaze's propensity for utterly enveloping a listener, even if bandleader Neige approached that sound unconsciously at first. The first half of the two-part title track that begins the album starts with a gentle guitar chime before the full skyscraping riff kicks in, but -- instead of getting even more intense as it goes -- it's happy to turn even more elegantly beautiful, letting moments of strutting rock brawl feel more like exaltation than destruction. Neige's singing is some of his loveliest at many points throughout the album, a soft keen toward the middle of the second half of the title track, a low and contemplative rumination elsewhere -- if not notably different from his earlier work in approach, it's at its most enjoyable here, and perhaps at its most beautifully serene on "Solar Song," vocals overlaid to lovely effect. In contrast to how Justin Broadrick's work in Jesu feels like brutal songs gone blissed-out, here it feels like calmly performed songs given sometimes full-speed accelerants that never lose a central grace, even when Neige's vocals turn into a familiar hollow rasp and wail. --Ned Raggett - All Music Guide
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Prophecy Productions
  • ASIN: B0037FFAR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alcest is the current musical venture of the blackwave mastermind, Neige. Known for his seamless blend of shoegaze and black metal, Neige is a pioneer in the field, and truly an expert at crafting heavy, crushing, beautiful music. Alcest's brilliant debut, Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde, played more with the shoegaze side of the blackwave genre, but Écailles de Lune finds Neige perfectly balancing these disparate influences while crafting a truly excellent record. Though you'll find some black metal inspired vocals on track 2 and 3, this is largely still a rock album, and Neige's incredible guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment to both his throaty screech and his unexpectedly beautiful singing voice. The instrumentation throughout the record is wisely placed and expertly played, and the production really shines on the opening and closing tracks, the first a progressive number boasting multiple components and a variety of incredible guitar tones. Truly, a record for any fan of guitar rock, this is one of the best of the year.
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I took a chance on this unheard of band and I'm glad I did. The minute I started listening to it I knew it was going to be something special. Every track on this six track album is unique and diverse.

Track 1, 'Ecailles de lune - Part 1', is a mid-tempo melancholic journey with layered harmonizing clean vocals. It very much reminded me of some of Ulver's older material which utilized clean vocals.

Track 2, 'Ecailles de lune - Part 1', starts out deceptively dreamy and mellow, with a simple acoustic guitar passage set to the sound of ocean waves, but seconds later all hell breaks loose as the song transitions into a blistering snare-blast driven black metal song, with harsh vocals and very melodic and catchy guitar work. Good stuff.

Track 3, my favorite track of the album, is titled 'Percées de lumière' and features such a catchy melody throughout the song that every time I listen to it the damn thing is stuck in my head for hours on end. It's slow to mid paced with shrieking black metal style lyrics and a touch of clean female vocals.

Track 4, 'Abysses', is just a minute and a half of dreamy ambient noise to bridge tracks 3 and 5. Nothing special, though it does lead nicely into..

Track 5, 'Solar Song', is a mesmerizing, hypnotic song with layered male clean vocals and a mix of electric and acoustic guitars that swirl around behind the soothing and rich sound of the vocals. A very mellow contrast to the harsh black metal style of tracks 2 and 3.

Finally, the album ends with a very somber 'Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer', yet another very mellow and hypnotic song. There are no drums here, just acoustic guitars and melancholy clean singing.

This album is so interesting because it's so diverse.
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I was skeptical when I first discovered Alcest. Being informed that it was a major key black metal-esque album with shoegaze elements, I expected to hate it. I'm not a huge fan of the new indie/post-rock black metal style, and generally find it quite boring. However, with this album I was pleasantly surprised upon first listen, and blown away upon repeat listens.

The highlights of the album are the first three tracks. All of them have a very triumphant feel to them in the more metal inspired parts, yet a dreamlike feel in the softer parts. In fact, during the quieter passages, Alcest reminds me of the occult-inspired Goth Rock band Fields of the Nephilim on their seminal "Elizium" album. The end result obtained are foggy visions of a vast meadow in spring. Not the normal feeling one expects from something people refer to as "black" metal.

All in all, this is a beautiful album that I can listen to in almost any situation and feel inspired. The musicianship is top-notch, the melodies stay with you, and the images they evoke in the minds eye are incredible.

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This album introduced me to this black metal/shoegaze scene. Prior to hearing of alcest if anyone said Black Metal and Shoegaze in the context of the same music, I would have looked at them and said "What?" I'm coming at this from the perspective of someone who listens to heavy metal primarily, and this has easily become one of my favorite metal albums. Heavier than the previous Alcest release the entire album is haunting and mystifying. Unlike a lot of listeners I hope to hear more of the black metal growls visited by this album, as to me as a metal fan, this layered on the complex and haunting melodies of the music creates a powerful, emotionally charged environment that exemplifies how heavy loud music can also be beautiful. If your not into black metal, the shrieked vocals are sparse, and the clean vocals are more prominent in the music. The guitar work is layered and complex, but also finds demonstrates melodic, memorable metal riffs rather than a messy haze of sound.
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I am really only writting this because there is only one other review so far. This album hit me right away and quickly became one of the main CDs I play right now. Neige is an amazing guitar player who gets so much feeling out of not only the guitar but his vocals whether they are harsh or clean, always fit in perfectly. This is being called shoegaze/ambient but it still has black metal, rock and many other influences. Neige is the best and most prolific in this genre right now [ if you call it Post Black Metal ] he is the vocalist on the new Lantlos .neon album. Lantlos seems to have the same Black Metal history but the same post black metal wanderings. Amesours and Les Discrets also fit in this genre and have something to do with Neige. I think the reason these bands seem so welcome to me is that Black Metal being my favourite genre, can get stale sometimes and this is some fresh air down the pipe.
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