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In February 2011, Brooklyn Vegan did an interview with Deafheaven frontman George Clarke — only a year after the formation of his band, more than two years before their world-devouring Sunbather, still two months before the release of their debut LP, Roads To Judah. The interview included a word-association segment, and when presented with the… More »

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

Neige is on a roll. Over the past few years, the French multi-instrumentalist’s honed his “post-black metal” (or whatever you want to call it) to an inspired blackened, dramatic, triumphant pitch. It has sweet, bleak, romantic hooks. The atmosphere’s elegant, furious, gorgeously layered. Songs bleed compellingly into the background while lodging themselves deep in your… More »

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Stream Alcest Shelter

Shelter, the new album from the French atmospheric black metal veterans Alcest, isn’t a metal album at all. Instead, it’s a straight-up shoegaze record, and a gorgeous one at that, all gummy streaks of guitar and melody. Beauty is the chief concern here, all the sounds melt into each other, and at no point do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Alcest – “Opale” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last year, we shared with you the news that the great French band Alcest, pioneers of the blackgaze (black metal x shoegaze) subgenre, were working on an album with Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson, which would altogether subtract the “black” from that equation. Said Alcest mastermind, Neige, of the songs he was working on:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 29, 2013 - 10:53 am

Alcest Prep Non-Metal Album

French blackgaze band Alcest are one of extreme metal’s most successful crossover bands, although they’ve moved further from metal over time (hence, presumably, their success in crossing over). According to the man behind the band, Neige, their next album — the follow-up to this year’s Les Voyages De L’Âme — will go even further still. More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 30, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Alcest – “Autre Temps” Video

The video for French metal travelers Alcest’s new single “Autre Temps” is a shockingly pretty and romantic thing about forests and love and time passing. I kept expecting demons to erupt out of the forest, but no, it stays pretty idyllic throughout, except for that whole people-get-old thing. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Alcest/woe/Have A Nice Life @ Studio Webster Hall, NYC 4/29/10

The lineup shifts, but Alcest is basically Stéphane Paut, aka Neige, by his lonesome. Live, the project expands to a lush quartet. Last night at the Studio @ Webster Hall — a show presented by Haunting The Chapel and The Blackened Music Series — Neige lost his voice, leaving it up to guitarist/backing vocalist Zero… More »

By: brandon / April 30, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 10

Celestiial is the “forest doom” project of Minnesota’s Tanner Anderson, who used to play guitar for area atmospheric black metallers Azrael. On his second full-length Where Life Springs Eternal he’s joined by Agalloch’s Tim Glen (percussion) and Jason Walton (bass). It was recorded by Fog’s Andrew Broder and mastered by Walton. Spring Eternal takes the… More »

By: brandon / April 28, 2010 - 5:13 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 9

Varg Vikernes — who I spoke with a couple of weeks ago — gets the bulk of the Norwegian-related black metal press, but for my kroner, Gylve Fenris Nagell, Darkthrone vocalist/lyricist/drummer/etc Fenriz, is the true heart and soul of that area’s “scene” and the international underground metal scene in general. Since he and cohort Ted… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Alcest – “Percées De Lumière” (Stereogum Premiere)

Stéphane Paut, aka Neige, is the French multi-instrumentalist behind the post-black metal/shoegaze/whatever project Alcest (see, also, Amesoeurs, Forgotten Woods, ex-Peste Noire, etc). The last Alcest full-length Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde did really well on my Best Of 2007 list, but if I had it do over, it’d jump from No. 6 to No. 3. I… More »

By: brandon / March 2, 2010 - 9:24 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 6

In this installment I intentionally paired two longstanding bands who’ve shifted their approach/sound significantly during the course of their careers, not always to their fans’ approval. Katatonia released their eighth album Night Is The New Day toward the end of 2009. It landed at No. 11 on my year-end list. Rotting Christ’s excellent Aealo i… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2010 - 8:15 am