Alcest
Les Voyages De L Ame


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Fitz USER (32 Reviews)
January 9th, 2012 | 14 replies | 2,311 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


0 of 2 thought this review was well written

Alcest is a difficult artist to classify, because it is evident what he is supposed to be classified as, one as the leading pioneers in France’s black metal scene, but what he should now be classified as is something different entirely, he sounds about as metal as Eminem sounds child-friendly. It’s not surprising that Alcest would leave the shackles of his metal genre to explore more fertile grounds, most metal bands get to the point where they either simmer and calm down, or get trapped in a stagnant habitual purgatory, but very few bands approach the metamorphosis as enthusiastically as Alcest.

The result is an album that displays an artist as comfortable with its sounds as he’s ever been. Les Voyages de l’Âme, Alcest’s newest record, translates into the title “Journey Of The Soul”, and the title is shockingly appropriate. The album consists entirely of long metaphysical escapades that soon descend into a climax of narcotic haze, and simply said, invites the listener to get lost in all of it. This is nothing entirely new for Alcest; this is a style of music he has been perfecting for the last several years. What is new is the increased sense of melody that worms its way into the record. The old metal influence is increasingly abandoned throughout the record, and in its place is a rigorous exploration of post-rock and shoe gaze. The melodious elements that come into effect are not only ethereal; they can also be described as beautiful.

It’s a direction that might make metal purists eat their heart out, but it’s a welcome change to a genre that has been growing increasingly stale. Unfortunately, Les Voyages de l'Âme gets most of its influences from post rock, which ultimately means that it inherits the genres flaws as well. The songs often edge on being predictable, often starting with a simple melody and building upon it until it reaches a graceful crescendo. It’s a tried and true formula, but it has been so tried in the last decade, that the album can’t help but feel a rehash of what has been heard time and time again.

Also, with such a hazy and lucid approach, many songs just cease to be memorable. This is no problem for a song as “Faiseurs de Mondes” which features an ingenious and riveting conclusion which is as experimental as it is powerful, but it is an evidently massive problem for the track that follows shortly after, “Summers Glory”, a slightly above-standard affair that sinks into near oblivion in comparison.

In the end, Les Voyages de l’Âme (pardon my French) is a blissful work that displays its strengths as proudly as its weaknesses. In the grand scheme of things, although the music its skillfully done, it is nothing new, bold, or defining, but for an artist who was never supposed to dive into these waters to begin with, it can’t help but feel rejuvenating, and even greater then that, inspiring.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
letsgofishing
January 9th 2012



901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh hellos people (see, I added an "s" to hello and now it's all informal and shit.)

This here review is pretty good, not as great as the work of art that Darknoctus wrote, hat off to that guy. (it would be hats off, but I'm only wearing one hat.)

Will start reviewing more often, so everyone can be really really happy, and start living life again.

All criticisms will be laughed off in a display of vain and slightly-inaccurate superiority.

that's all folks.

KjSwantko
January 9th 2012



9277 Comments


Definitely well-written, and would Pos.....but holy run on sentences and lack of semi-colons bro. Sorry if you're upset over the crit.

letsgofishing
January 9th 2012



901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dreadfully upset. Feel guilty.



rmill3r
January 9th 2012



167 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You obviously seem to like the artist, but I like that you don't just harp on how amazing you think it is. The section about post-rock and shoegaze flaws keeps good reviews from sounding like fandom.

Makes me think of EITS's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care . . . it's everything that's good about post-rock, but that's basically the problem. How are they pushing the genre?

letsgofishing
January 9th 2012



901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, I rather like you.

SLAUGHTERDOZER
January 9th 2012



278 Comments


stop

letsgofishing
January 9th 2012



901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more info please Slaughterdozer, negs can be awesome, but only if you tell me why you negged..if you don't, then neg is pretty useless, and I will call all sorts of terrible things behind your back. (presuming that you negged of course. If not...please ignore)

Really, I might be a sarcastic smartass, but I do greatly appreciate criticism.

zxlkho
January 9th 2012



3461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure why this was neg'd. I liked this review.

letsgofishing
January 9th 2012



901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, isn't my best work, so I can understand the criticism.

Tyrael
January 10th 2012



20824 Comments


You seem to have a problem with run on sentences (I have exactly the same problem) but other than that this is really well written. Have a pos.

DarthMann
January 10th 2012



13815 Comments


"In the end, Les Voyages de l’Âme (pardon my French)"

you sick sick puppet

letsgofishing
January 10th 2012



901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, I'm so witty.

Thanks tyraelxy. I'll make sure to cut them down.



DarthMann
January 10th 2012



13815 Comments


posd but

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2012



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This here review is pretty good, not as great as the work of art that Darknoctus wrote, hat off to that guy. (it would be hats off, but I'm only wearing one hat.)


goodness you're too kind!! thank you! [:

i like your review too!! :]



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