Alcest release Protection

2019-08-23 by Trifolium | 127 Comments
French blackgazers Alcest released the first single of their upcoming sixth studio album. The album, titled Spiritual Instinct, will be released via Nuclear Blast on October 25th.

First single ''Protection'' can be streamed here:



Tagged: Alcest

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DungeonBoy
August 23rd 2019
7613 Comments


Nice! thanks for sharing, but why not post the music video they made for it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn7wvu8R4Wk

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botb
August 23rd 2019
13692 Comments


So so good

Pikazilla
August 23rd 2019
9416 Comments


Very nice, yes

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Thanks DBoy, edited!
Didn't know they released a vid!

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2019
26530 Comments


3.2/5 song ..... are those Breaking Benjamins riffs i'm hearing? Vox are angelic ofc, but kind of sound like the same melodies he's been peddling since Ecailles. I do really love the second half though, and i feel like the harsh vox in it are some of the best he's done. Really raw and pained sounding, stronger than they usually feel.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2019
26530 Comments


Also, nice that they kind of streamlined after Kodama. Not that they needed to as that album is very good, but just for varieties sake.

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Yeah his harsh vox here are superb, I noticed them too.

Project
August 23rd 2019
4104 Comments


Never listened to much Alcest but that was delightful

DungeonBoy
August 23rd 2019
7613 Comments


Production wise all around this is the strongest, most driving, they've ever sounded. That opener/verse riff is rehashed Les Voyages, the 2nd section is rehashed Kodama, the "breaking benjamin riff" (lol) is the freshest part of the song. 4:40 to the end is beautiful. Songwriting wise I think it's fantastic, but agree it's nothing new. I personally at this moment in time don't mind the fact that it's all kinda something we've heard before. Their sound is unique and enjoyable and if we get an amalgamation of their greatest moments in one record, I'll be happy with that

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


''I personally at this moment in time don't mind the fact that it's all kinda something we've heard before. Their sound is unique and enjoyable and if we get an amalgamation of their greatest moments in one record, I'll be happy with that''

Amen.

I was super afraid after hearing they signed with Blast, but this doesn't sound like your average overproduced crap at all luckily.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2019
26530 Comments


Yeah, I won't be super disappointed if it comes out similar sounding to what they've done in the past -- I mean, what they've done in the past is why I like them so much! I do hope he does a bit more with this vox though, that would be my only really big gripe.

Darius the Great
August 23rd 2019
21567 Comments


Kodama was so great man

Evreaia
August 23rd 2019
5141 Comments


This is great, really great.

SpiritCrusher2
August 23rd 2019
6264 Comments


simple and effective. beautiful

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
August 23rd 2019
16276 Comments


Well, I thought Alcest had finally hit their stride with songwriting with Kodama, but now it's back to power chords and oo's and ah's. Only this time, they just tuned down. Sounds like Breaking Benjamin attempting to do blackgaze lol.

SpiritCrusher2
August 23rd 2019
6264 Comments


doesn't really sound that different from Kodama to me. there's plenty of power chords and oo's and ah's to be found there too

SpiritCrusher2
August 23rd 2019
6264 Comments


I mean yea, this is a bit more straightforward song, but I think it works great as a single. I doubt the entire album will be like that.

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
August 23rd 2019
16276 Comments


This just sounds like something off Shelter with tuned down guitars. And Shelter was awful.

Kodama was the only album they've released that effectively utilized post-rock guitar work and songwriting within their own sound, and it absolutely shits on everything else they've done.

vermillionZ
August 23rd 2019
297 Comments


Sounds awesome, definitely gonna give their last album a good listen now.

beefshoes
August 23rd 2019
7656 Comments


lol literally not hearing that in the slightest

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Also "Kodama [...] absolutely shits on everything else they've done" is so untrue. The difference isn't that big and Ecailles is best Alcest.

Pikazilla
August 23rd 2019
9416 Comments


Ecailles is best Alcest [2]

Hawks
August 23rd 2019
73730 Comments


[3]

But Kodama is a 5 too.

Hawks
August 23rd 2019
73730 Comments


Also Shelter slayz.

Pikazilla
August 23rd 2019
9416 Comments


No Alcest is a five though. Shelter blows.

InFlamesWeThrash666
August 23rd 2019
9518 Comments


Great track

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Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


''But Kodama is a 5 too.'' [2]

Hawks
August 23rd 2019
73730 Comments


Yes they are and no it doesn’t.

beefshoes
August 23rd 2019
7656 Comments


If the song is any indicator of how the rest of the album sounds, I can definitely see it being on par with Kodama and Écailles.

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Me too, sounds great.

emmny
August 23rd 2019
48 Comments


Better than anything on Kodama thus far, love how dynamic this is

botb
August 23rd 2019
13692 Comments


I can’t even imagine getting “breaking Benjamin riffs” out of anything this band has ever done lol

FearThyEvil
August 23rd 2019
17100 Comments


I love how people assume that one song automatically means the whole album will sound like this. Christ, it's a single

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


We're not saying it WILL sound like this we're saying we would be happy if it did.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2019
26530 Comments


"I love how people assume that one song automatically means the whole album will sound like this. Christ, it's a single"

literally not one person said anything like this lmao

Eakflanderyof
August 23rd 2019
2716 Comments


Band has always been massively overrated. Not bad by any means but I've never understood the hype

Gmork89
August 23rd 2019
8060 Comments


Awesome song yesssssss

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


It's dreamy and Neige's harsh vocals totally rule.

oltnabrick
August 23rd 2019
39048 Comments


Nu Metal riffs

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Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Chester B on vocals.

budgie
August 23rd 2019
18378 Comments


yeah hate to be a part of the "meh" crowd but some people share my impressions: some weird instrumentation and some weird mixing, almost like a small departure from blackgaze/post-bm. hopefully it's an outlier in the rest of the album!

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budgie
August 23rd 2019
18378 Comments


oh LOL i saw the cute girl on the beach and i was thinking "sweet this is going to be an awesome ethereal pretty gaze music video" but now she's contorting like regan from the exorcist and woof

starboystargirl
August 23rd 2019
603 Comments


boring as per the standard with alcest

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Ahahahaha boring.

budgie
August 23rd 2019
18378 Comments


also i gotta give some support to shelter against the hate. love that album so goddamn much

starboystargirl
August 23rd 2019
603 Comments


b o r i n g

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


N o


Hmm, that isn't convincing when there's only two letters. I should have thought that through...

Gmork89
August 23rd 2019
8060 Comments


This is basically like limp bizkit tried their hand at death-gaze, not digging those 'catch scratch fever' riffs either.

Egarran
August 23rd 2019
15994 Comments


They have tuned down, haven't they? Not sure I'm a fan, but the song got increasingly great and I want more now.

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Gmork89
August 23rd 2019
8060 Comments


Shelter does indeed rule, I think the timing was just off. I don't think anyone expected the direction it took and a lot of people also thought it marked a permanent change in their sound, now that we know it didn't a lot of people are appreciating it more, myself included.

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


I think Shelter is a bit flat (and even boring, so starboystargirl had a point). It's too pearly-pretty-sweet all the time for my tastes. I can take that from other bands no problem, but for Alcest it doesn't really work for me.

Gmork89
August 23rd 2019
8060 Comments


Fair enough yeah, I do have to be in the mood for it for sure.

budgie
August 23rd 2019
18378 Comments


lol. it's been an album i put on whenever i'm not sure what i feel like playing

botb
August 23rd 2019
13692 Comments


I’m just gonna assume those of you equating this to nu metal are just trolling bc no one can be that dumb

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


The individual tracks are fine though, I'm always glad to hear Opale or Délivrance being played at gigs! It's just a little too much to take in in one go.

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


botb totally was yeah

starboystargirl
August 23rd 2019
603 Comments


this was 100% nu metal wow was that a slapknuts riff i heard? for shame!

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


I'm certain I also heard scratching at some point.

starboystargirl
August 23rd 2019
603 Comments


DJ LETHAL! BRING IT ON!

Egarran
August 23rd 2019
15994 Comments


I guess Trip Hop would be an acceptable direction for Alcest.

Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


A great direction for every band, goat genre.

Ok, an overstatement but hey, what you gonna do

budgie
August 23rd 2019
18378 Comments


i think i'd be happy for that youthful spiritual "celtic" vibe on souvenirs

Egarran
August 23rd 2019
15994 Comments


Oh Trifo, lean back and imagine a timeline where Alcest teamed up with Portishead and released a double album.


Trifolium
August 23rd 2019
14866 Comments


Egarran please do tell me more about this world.

PostMesmeric
August 23rd 2019
774 Comments


It doesn't sound much like Kodama to me (except for Neige's vocals and some brief parts of the ending passage) and the mixing could be better, but I still dig this track. I think Alcest could pull this album off really well. Here's hoping.

kevbogz
August 23rd 2019
1863 Comments


>people complaining that it sounds the same as his previous work
>same people think Shelter is terrible

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2019
26530 Comments


Shelter rules and i personally don’t think it’s timing was that out of the blue.

Crysis
Emeritus
August 24th 2019
17470 Comments


gib more of dem screams

seriously that part of the song fucking rules

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NewBallistics
August 24th 2019
899 Comments


Soooo that makes it a new Alcest, new Norma Jean, new Sunn and release day for The Outer Worlds.

Suddenly October 25th is by birthday lol

bloc
August 24th 2019
60201 Comments


So is this the 2019 version of the Lotus Flower vid

bahlof
August 24th 2019
60 Comments


What are these Limp Benjamin Cat Scratch Fever riffs that people keep referring to? This song is great.

Darius the Great
August 24th 2019
21567 Comments


This single is absolutely uplifting.

I am no longer worried about this album

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2019
1443 Comments


Here's hoping they tour near me this time.

budgie
August 24th 2019
18378 Comments


let's just move to france together bro

DreamAgain
August 24th 2019
1233 Comments


This is one of the best songs they've ever made.. simply because the production actually isn't complete shit.

Trifolium
August 24th 2019
14866 Comments


Hahahahahahahahahaha! Do you feel the production for previous album sucked?! Whoa, opinions and how they can differ!

kalkwiese
August 24th 2019
4658 Comments


"This is one of the best songs they've ever made.. simply because the production actually isn't complete shit."

Hahaha, you almost got me. Their albums have great production of course and if this ine is even better productionwise it's gonna be amazing

DreamAgain
August 24th 2019
1233 Comments


Kodama had great production. Shelter was a mixed bag and anything before that was not good.

(albums were great tho)

Pikazilla
August 24th 2019
9416 Comments


ecailles for best production

screw y'all

DreamAgain
August 24th 2019
1233 Comments


This new Wrvth album will do til Alcest drops tho that for sure.

zaruyache
August 24th 2019
22178 Comments


band sounds good

budgie
August 24th 2019
18378 Comments


i guess you might think souvenirs has bad production if you only listen to music off laptop speakers

Trifolium
August 24th 2019
14866 Comments


They so don't have bad production. None of them do. They're nothing flashy but that totally fits with the music, the whole esthetic.

budgie
August 24th 2019
18378 Comments


yeah man i was making fun of the dude

Trifolium
August 24th 2019
14866 Comments


Haha I know, I would never talk to you like that!

Thalassic
August 24th 2019
4198 Comments


Oh yeah, this album's gonna go on the "to buy" list

BenThatsMyJamin
August 24th 2019
2838 Comments


This is solid

minty901
August 24th 2019
3931 Comments


Some of the riffs and melodies in this song sound like an amateur's first attempt at writing melodies imo.

minty901
August 24th 2019
3931 Comments


Souvenirs doesn't have very good production. It's a constant wall of treble with no low end. May be a stylistic choice though.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2019
19073 Comments


Mother of riffs!!

This is one of the best things I've head this year.

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budgie
August 24th 2019
18378 Comments


nattens madrigal is a constant wall of treble with no low end. souvenirs has beautiful production

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2019
12027 Comments


really looking forward to this.

JonWedge91
August 24th 2019
5 Comments


It’s an alright song, definitely not bad and really picks up in the second half but it didn’t blow me away. I don’t like to be particularly critical of individual songs until I hear them in the context of an album

AnimalsAsSummit
August 24th 2019
4745 Comments


this band can do better, but ill wait for the album

Rik VII
August 24th 2019
4124 Comments


NU METAL ALCEST

Oh wait, there are my brain cells. I was worried. I'm very sorry. Awesome song!

Makemebad35
August 24th 2019
957 Comments


Lovely

Viraemias
August 25th 2019
36 Comments


Awesome

Zackkkk
August 25th 2019
126 Comments


Lol at the Nu-Metal comments. Music and main riff sound more like Tool than anything else to me, and I really like it. This song will sound massive live.

TheNotrap
August 25th 2019
13504 Comments


He wants to reach a larger audience, and that's cool. Great track 4.5/5

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ReiniEden
August 26th 2019
95 Comments


It was an alright song, I've heard better by them though. (example Les Voyages de l'Âme)

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Thalassic
August 26th 2019
4198 Comments


This is pure bliss

Meridiu5
August 26th 2019
2962 Comments


Sounds like one of his best ever ngl. Esp the 2nd half

MegaResurrectedJake4
August 26th 2019
251 Comments


lol thread is hilarious. first of all, as far as mainstream bands go, breaking benjamin in their prime wouldn't be a terrible one to choose, just became a stereotype of themselves after a time (which wasn't very long). second of all, at no point does this sound like breaking benjamin except in that its melodic. even the scratching sound is a different scratch sound than nu-metal has ever done. third of all, sounds exactly like Alcest in pretty much every way. 4th, Ecailles is arguably best Alcest [#], but sounds similar to Kodama lol. 5th, if Alcest managed to genuinely sound like nu-metal half the time whilst still sounding like Alcest, it'd be better than Alcest.
and lastly, great track.



Egarran
August 26th 2019
15994 Comments


The lol test wins again.

Gmork89
August 26th 2019
8060 Comments


I think there was only one serious nu metal comparison and that was the one about breaking benjamin, all of the other ones were just playing off of that as a joke, mine included. Nothing sounds at all Nu Metal on this obviously.

budgie
August 26th 2019
18378 Comments


still don't like this track much
someone put me out of my misery

Egarran
August 26th 2019
15994 Comments


You could choose not to hear it anymore.

budgie
August 26th 2019
18378 Comments


other ppl get to enjoy alcest why can't i

Trifolium
August 26th 2019
14866 Comments


I hope it clicks for you eventually budgie that is the best I can do I'm sorry

Egarran
August 27th 2019
15994 Comments


It's true though. We're so really fucking sorry for you, budgie.
I'm tearing out my hair in grief.

Pikazilla
August 27th 2019
9416 Comments


still don't like this track much
someone put me out of my misery

I think it's because you were expecting something mindblowing, but got something "just great" instead, budgie. The song will probably appeal to you more within the context of the album.

Flugmorph
August 27th 2019
22514 Comments


nice video

bowling alley dad riffs
boring chorus


alcest has a pleasant sound but so do lots of other bands that are less acclaimed. i just don't get why they get so much praise

Trifolium
August 27th 2019
14866 Comments


Indeed we do Egarran. I'm happy there's much of it on my head

Trifolium
August 27th 2019
14866 Comments


@Flug Neige's vox are amazing, plus the atmosphere of Alcest is almost always spot on. They really understand how to convey that glimmering, airy, dreamy yet melancholic feeling. I think that's their strength.

Flugmorph
August 27th 2019
22514 Comments


so im in the camp that found shelter to be a great album and kodama to be a bit boring.

guess im alone in that camp.

on second listen this feels well composed, well executed, some nice melodies in here. so pleasant, as i said before, but nothing really interesting.

TundraL5Z
August 27th 2019
3854 Comments


Hi I'm Antnee Fantano and in 'worst tracks of the week', this week, we have the new track Protection by the band Alcest, and next we have in 'best tracks of the week', we have the track Concrete by Poppy cause I have bad taste in modern metal music, thank you, you're the best, you're the best, you're the best, what should I have a bad opinion on next? my bad taste, forever.

Egarran
August 27th 2019
15994 Comments


>guess im alone in that camp.

Yeah Kodama still stuns me every time. It's the most 5 album for years for me.

Gmork89
August 27th 2019
8060 Comments


Flugmorph are you quoting that guy from youtube or ARE you that guy from youtube?

With the bowling alley dad thing.

Hawks
August 27th 2019
73730 Comments


Kodama is a ahrd 5 but Shelter is an easy 4.5 for me so it’s not far off tbh.

Don’t know why Shelter doesn’t get more love.

DungeonBoy
August 27th 2019
7613 Comments


Flug's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIkT9Ro28F9VQcXtTOb2lrA

Pikazilla
August 27th 2019
9416 Comments


Flugmorph has his own youtube account though

budgie
August 27th 2019
18378 Comments


shelter is a maze ing

Hawks
August 27th 2019
73730 Comments


Fuck yes.

Dis_Con_Nec_Ted
August 27th 2019
5099 Comments


I dig the Isis sounding part in there and the boost in bass. Also sounds like Neige expanded a bit on his clean singing. It's pretty good, yes.

Flugmorph
August 27th 2019
22514 Comments


concrete is pretty cool ngl buddy

TundraL5Z
August 27th 2019
3854 Comments


it's horrendous, Babymetal if they where abysmal

Flugmorph
August 27th 2019
22514 Comments


nah



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