Album Reviews

Alcest – Écailles De Lune (2010)

  • Review by: AJ

Genre: Black Metal / Shoegaze
Label: Prophecy Productions
Country of Origin: France
Band Formation: 2000

Band Member(s):

Neige – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums

Song list:

01. Écailles De Lune (Part I)
02. Écailles De Lune (Part II)
03. Percées De Lumière
04. Abysses
05. Solar Song
06. Sur L’Océan Couleur De Fer

Run time: 42 minutes (approximately)

Review: The unified word, Metalgaze is derived from both metal and shoegaze put together. This genre is for the metalheads who prefer subtle, soft, warm, dreamy, fantasy-like, wonderful, and joyful themes.

The album focuses on a man who leaves this world to go to another world. But, instead of going for an acoustic-based musical theme, an ethereal atmospheric sound complements the lyrics. To simply put it, this album sounds more angelic.

But, then where is the black metal element? Well, Neige has made sure his screaming ability doesn’t go unnoticed. There is a fine blend between screams and clean vocals in this album.

Although lyrically, one may call this to be a tad cheesy, musically, this is very well done. This is a good amalgam between harsh metal and something that is more atmospheric and angelic. This is an album that could possibly give you the sea-side solitude like experience without negating the black metal elements.

But, I must add that this album is not for the orthodox metalheads. This could appeal to the ones who are open to experimentation and are lenient on fusion, with metal.

Highlights of the album: Écailles De Lune (Part I), Écailles De Lune (Part II), Percées De Lumière, Abysses,


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Ratings: 8.5/10

Originality: 8

Instrumentation: 9

Lyrics: 9