Les Voyages de L'Âme
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Les Voyages de L'Âme

January 6, 2012

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  Song Title
Autre Temps
Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles
Les Voyages De L'Âme
Nous Sommes L'Emeraude
Beings Of Light
Faiseurs De Mondes
Summer's Glory

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Label: Prophecy Productions
  • Copyright: 2012 ProMedia GmbH
  • Total Length: 50:18
  • Genres:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,375 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hopeful Voyage... June 8, 2012
By Zadion
Format:Audio CD
"We humans tend to allow the past to destroy our lives. I implore you not to let this happen. It is time to look forward, to rediscover love, and embrace the beauty of life."

This is a quote that comes to my mind when trying to describe the essence of Les Voyages de l'Âme (literal translation: "The Voyages of the Soul"). Alcest has released a brew of controversy by hypercritical metal elitists everywhere by releasing music like this. Black metal has always earned its controversial reception by being dark and sinister (as well as Satanic, but that's irrelevant). Alcest, however, roves about the black metal scene in controversy by doing the very opposite: evoking hope and tranquility, adjectives I'd never thought I'd hear fittingly for any band or project falling under the black metal genre.

So, if I haven't said it yet, I'll say it now: Alcest is an enchanting manifestation of hope and beauty. Every song on Les Voyages de l'Âme is laced with calming melodies, constructed by simple yet powerful riffing and Neige's ethereal voice. What sets this back from doom bands and the ilk is the uplifting atmosphere of the melodies. Other atmospheric bands search for a dark, somber, and haunting feel to impress upon its listeners, but Les Voyages de l'Âme does things far differently. While some songs have a touch of melancholy, they, more often than not, possess a hopeful aura about them. Uniquely to any metal band, I can listen to these songs and forget about the pains and sufferings of my past. I listen to this, and it touches my soul with a will to..."embrace the beauty of life."

What, then, holds this album back? Once the veil of beauty is pierced, the listener is left with little to enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Alcest has come up with their most varied, atmospheric, and melodious album of their career. Combining melodies that cross boundaries with many genres, Alcest has set the bar high for the balance of the year in the above genres of music even though, it is still early 2012. "Le Voyages de L'ame" is the most amazing thing I've heard in awhile.

"Neige" and company have put together the most incredible soundscape, and aural experience that could be truly best be experienced in a set of "fine" headphones.

This will absolutely transport you to another planet!

Production Values on this are superior; you can actually discern the tracking of acoustic guitars, multiple electric guitars,
and "ripping" lead breaks in every track. Incredible Drum Mix on whole album. Nothing meanders pointlessly, and every track has the proper length for flow and continuity. The Vocals by Neige border on the ethereal, even the multi-tracked harmony and backing vocals. Even though there were fewer Black Metal vocals than past LPs, I am sure that will be forgiven, given the overall experience of taking this all in at one time. Although each track is incredible by itself, the full measure of this masterpiece, begs you to take the full ride from start to finish.
Take the time; its worth the trip and you won't be disappointed you did.

This is Alcest at their best, and possibly their most accessible release. This is a great album to test out your new sound system with, and surely a disc that won't be leaving your rotation anytime soon.

Incredible Stuff, contender for Album of the Year in lots of Genres.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the last one January 18, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Like many, I discovered Alcest with Ecailes De Lune, then explored their back catalog, Amesoeurs, Lantlos, etc.

As much as I liked EDL, I thought it had a bit too many mood pieces, and wasn't particularlly long.

The new record combines the sound of the three previous Alcest albums, polishes it to a fine sheen and delivers many more 'songs' that EDL. This may become my favorite Alcest album, and there is no filler, no misses on it. The only thing I miss are a few more of the black metal vocals that appeared on EDL, but I can live with it.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Metal Enya November 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD
The above tagline says it all.
It's not long enough for an Amazon review though.
I'll just stand and gaze at my shoes for a bit.

That'll do.

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