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Ecailles De Lune (Jewel Case Edition) Import
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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.Read more ›
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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An album that defines both beauty and occasional bursts of black metal, Alcest, or the man behind the curtain, Niege, offers a blend of styles that are astonishing in breadth and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Scott Hedegard
i translated some of it, its really good, its a soft-ambient rock thats very relaxing to hear so i like itPublished on November 8, 2013 by zac
Despite my hatred of labels, This is more, Alternative Rock, or at least what should be the future of it. (Radio-head be damned!) than Black Metal. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by ACRIMONIOUS
The first thing you'll notice about this album cover is how very French it is. There's a mythical romanticism about it, as the flowing mermaid character observes her sleeping... Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Head of Metal
This album is pretty unique. I definitely enjoy listening to it when I'm in the mood. Give it a try!Published on September 15, 2013 by Dude.
This CD is not just a CD, but an experience....something I don't get out of bands very often. I was first introduced to Alcest by the kind folks at internet radio "Death FM" and... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Mumpy
awww its so perty, makes me think of the woods and soft summer nights; *RETCH* at least Asphyx has a new album out this year. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by burning_season
this is so incredible and anyone who loves emotional driving music should grab this pronto. agree with the FON comparisons.Published on September 3, 2011 by james rasmussen