Featured Alcest stories

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

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

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

More Alcest stories

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

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

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 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

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…
Brandon Stosuy | 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…
Brandon Stosuy | 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'
Brandon Stosuy | February 9, 2010 - 8:15 am