Featured Alcest stories

The Black Market

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016

The end of the summer doldrums always brings tidings of many noteworthy metal releases, as record label employees return from their beach vacations and say,…
Doug Moore | August 31, 2016 - 2:33 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

After the summer we've been having, it seems like the last thing we need is the Olympics. There's a lot of shit that could potentially…
Stereogum | August 5, 2016 - 5:28 pm


Deconstructing: Alcest’s Shelter And Metal In A Post-Deafheaven World

In February 2011, Brooklyn Vegan did an interview with Deafheaven frontman George Clarke -- only a year after the formation of his band, more than…
Michael Nelson | January 3, 2014 - 3:01 pm

More Alcest stories

Alcest – “Kodama”

The enigmatic French shoegaze-metal impressionists Alcest, a key inspiration to many of our most adventurous black metal bands, are about to return with a new…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2016 - 12:30 pm


Alcest – “Je Suis D’Ailleurs”

The French band Alcest have effectively been around for about a decade now -- their first EP, Le Secret, was released in 2005, and that…
Michael Nelson | August 31, 2016 - 10:48 am

Alcest – “Oiseaux De Proie”

Look, under normal circumstances, new music from Alcest would be my cue to write a 5,000-word essay, but I'm crunched for time at this particular…
Michael Nelson | August 4, 2016 - 3:17 pm

Sylvaine – “Earthbound” (Stereogum Premiere)

The French band Alcest are largely responsible for the post-rock and shoegaze-inspired take on black metal that so many people have come to love. The…
Wyatt Marshall | February 25, 2016 - 10:50 am

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…
Tom Breihan | January 13, 2014 - 3:24 pm


The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

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.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

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…
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…
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.
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Haunting The Chapel

Lantlôs – “Pulse/Surreal” (Stereogum Premiere)

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…
Brandon Stosuy | August 2, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Haunting The Chapel

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…
Brandon Stosuy | April 30, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Haunting The Chapel

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…
Brandon Stosuy | April 28, 2010 - 5:13 pm
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