Les Discrets/Alcest
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nate B. USER (13 Reviews)
January 6th, 2010 | 11 replies | 8,540 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Twenty seven minutes of pure, blissful nostalgia.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It’s fair to say at this point that Alcest has matured as an act and established its own unique niche in the metal(-influenced) community. Having grown from most humble bedroom black metal beginnings into the love-it-or-hate-it shoegaze sound discovered on 2007’s Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde, it’s clear that main man Neige has nurtured Alcest over the years with the intent of carving out a sound and niche unique only to Alcest, and it just gets more exciting with this split.

“Percées De Lumière”, the opening track on Alcest’s half of the split is probably the most rock-oriented song Neige has written for Alcest, given its stripped down instrumentation and very straight-forward delivery (choke it up to his work on Ameseours rubbing into his other projects if you want). However, those of you who listened to Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde will immediately note the return of Neige’s patented shrilled harsh vocals that were conspicuously lacking on the aforementioned album. Thankfully, they fit perfectly with the new approach taken here and no beauty is sacrificed on their behalf – they convey a certain dimension of emotion lacking in the previous Alcest material that is more than welcome here. Plus, even if you do consider them ugly, the shimmering guitar leads should more than compensate!

The second Alcest song, “Circe Poisoning the Sea” is something completely unfamiliar for me. Where the first song is straight-forward and fairly heavy, this one sort of fades into a benign ambiance fitting of a lullaby. The guitar part is ethereal beyond description, getting its point across with simple, delicate plucking to accompany the softly sung vocals. This is a side of Alcest that hasn’t been brought out until now, and I’m hoping it can be taken to even more interesting places in the future.

Les Discrets, a band that sort of wormed their way into this scene by doing graphic designs for other various French bands, holds up their end of the split very well. Their blend of folk, shoegaze, and a pinch of metal is at times, admittedly, reminiscent of Alcest but makes for an interesting and soothing listen. The male-female vocal duet on “Après L' Ombre” is as dramatic as you could expect, and the double bass outro to “Song for Mountains” is surprisingly intense. This is definitely a band to watch.

With both of these bands coming out with albums in 2010, I can’t help but wonder, “what’s the point of this split?” But hey, I can’t really complain about a spoiler or two, and with material this strong from both bands it just makes me even more excited for their upcoming full-lengths. Highly recommended.



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BallsToTheWall
January 6th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried to review this but but not motivated enough to make it good. Regardless, im glad to see this reviewed. Awesome split.

rasputin
January 6th 2010



14504 Comments


great review dude, need to hear this still

Wizard
January 6th 2010



18755 Comments


masscows, I just figured out this was you. Glad to have you back hahahahaha. Great review. Need to hear this.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

plutosatanclubhouse
January 6th 2010



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad to be back ;)

thanks for the comments guys

Wizard
January 6th 2010



18755 Comments


Where the shit where you? I know you've been around as of recently but we miss your excellent input into all things metal.

plutosatanclubhouse
January 6th 2010



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been IRLing more to the point that time I spend on the internet usually just amounts to me looking at facebook notifications, scanning over news sites then getting back up and going.

It's been slower with winter break and everything though, I should poke my head in here more.

Wizard
January 6th 2010



18755 Comments


School sucks donkey balls. Glad to have you back.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2010



5923 Comments


This is so good. The only black metal I've ever listened to/liked.

OceanOfWisdom
March 25th 2010



99 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, and you're right; Les Discrets do carry themselves very well behind Alcest....Although at times they sound like they're trying to copy Opeth in the Vocal department...Still, a good attempt in that respect.

bnelso55
June 21st 2011



87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got one of these. Song For Mountains is awesome. I like the Alcest tracks too. Good review too! Have a pos!

Digging: Ainulindale - Nevrast

Hawks
December 13th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome split.



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