Alcest "Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde"

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Alcest "Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde"
  • Album: Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde
  • Year: 2007
  • Label: PROPHECY
  • Artist: 
  • France

No matter how many times it has been said that Prophecy is an unconventional and atypical label, I have always agreed with it. Once again they pleasantly surprise us, this time by promoting the album of a well-known Blacker that goes under the pseudonym of Neige, pretty active within this very scene partly due to his involvement in certain other Metal projects.

I had the opportunity to listen to the demo and also a split released a few years ago, and I can say that the sound hasn't pleased me, as it insists on the aggressive and primitive Black Metal, with a few fine melodic ideas, some acoustic and that's all about it. The debut material is completely changed though, transforming the underground Black Metal sound in a totally different new one, extremely melancholic, slow, with calm and quiet voices, rather whispered than sang, even including feminine voices (that's just a guess), plus an infernal noise created by the continuous guitar scratching alongside obvious Pop and rhythmic Rock elements ... something new, quite attractive!

It seldom reminds of AGALLOCH (especially the orchestration), but the guitars make me think evenly of BURZUM. More atmospheric and arranged, with a pretty modest mixing, ALCEST succeeds into contouring an exceptional debut, one of a rapturous beauty, yet I might say it is quite controversial, as it is too soft for Black Metal and too Metal for domestic Rock. I have truly enjoyed experimenting this album, as it is a very catchy mixture of Dark Metal and Dark Wave that can be listened continuously without turning wearisome or disturbing. The cover is a distinct one too, and the nuances used for the booklet's imagery unveil a pleasant, slightly mysterious flavour.