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France is turning more and more into an insider’s tip in terms of black metal and its derivatives. All the happier we are to confirm ALCEST, the second French underground sensation after Glorior Belli. However, the duo – comprised of mainman Neige and drummer Winterhalter – does not play pure black metal, at least not any more. From the beginning of their career their music has rather developed towards atmospherically dense, gripping melodic post metal, which is now only seldom interrupted by infernal screams. The most expressive example of this direction is ALCEST’s most recent release, ‘Les Voyages De L’Âme‘, the first smal masterpiece of the new year. It’s very hard to pinpoint this band’s style, which makes them all the more exciting. Don’t miss ’em!