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2016 In Review

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016

Is anything more personal than a favorite song? Even with our thinking caps on, we all experience music through unrelentingly individual ears. When evaluating entire…
Stereogum | December 6, 2016 - 10:00 am

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

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

Premiere

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

Deconstructing

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

List

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
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