October 8, 2009

Alcest - Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde

Today's album is from a great french (as you may have guessed from the album title), ex-black metal one-man-band. Actually, it's not so much "ex-black metal" as "never-became-black metal", as his first demo was raw, straight up black metal, but then begun playing more atmospheric/shoegaze inspired black metal. So this, his latest album, is a fantastic shoegaze album greatly inspired by black metal, most notably when the drums resort to blast-beats in the background at some points and there's also some black metal-style tremolo picking in one or two songs.
Wow, I just noticed how many times I've written "black metal" in this short, little text. Anyway, be sure to check this out. Awesome, beautiful album (Oh, and if you're not a big fan of harsh vocals, fear not; there are only clean vocals on this album).

Btw, does anyone think the little girl looks like a scary wax sculpture or something? :P

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