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The Black Market

The Black Market: The Year In Metal 2019

Welcome to our December Best Of The Rest Blowout. At midnight, 2019 is dead. Let’s remember it one last time before adorable Baby New Year…
Ian Chainey | December 31, 2019 - 11:17 am

The Black Market

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2019

All right, here's how all of this started. I don't know if I should start here, as I realize what I'm about to unleash will…
Ian Chainey | August 30, 2019 - 11:44 am


The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016

Let's just put this out there: Metal had a pretty bad 2016. Maybe this is specific to my country, America, which also had a pretty…
Michael Nelson | December 14, 2016 - 10:20 am

More Alcest stories

Stream Alcest’s New Album Spiritual Instinct

The French band Alcest more or less pioneered the sound of atmospheric black metal, combining those misanthropic Scandinavian rumblings of the '90s with sweeping, triumphant…
Tom Breihan | October 25, 2019 - 11:42 am

Alcest – “Sapphire” Video

The French post-metal duo Alcest announced their new album Spiritual Instinct back in August with the release of lead single "Protection." The band's back today…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Alcest – “Protection”

The influential French post-metal emissaries Alcest have been largely quiet since 2016's Kodama, but it seems like Neige and Winterhalter are ready to soar once…
Chris DeVille | August 22, 2019 - 11:58 pm


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

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

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


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

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

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 | 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

Sounding Board

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