ALCEST

ALCEST was founded in the year 2000 by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Neige and later joined by drummer Winterhalter in 2009. Labeled as post metal/shoegaze or “blackgaze”, ALCEST were the pioneers within this genre, crafting a unique sound based on musical opposites from their very first EP “Le Secret” (2005), and thru their full-length releases “Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde” (2007), “Écailles De Lune” (2010) and “Les Voyages De L’Ame” (2012). Aside from music genres, ALCEST, since its beginnings, is a conceptual project based on a personal spiritual experience portrayed by Neige in the otherworldly melodies and lyrics of the band.

In 2014 their fourth album “Shelter” was released, marking the band’s departure from the more metal sound, in favor of dream-pop aesthetics, surprising and somewhat challenging their fan base. In retrospective, the album opened new doors for ALCEST, bringing them an audience from different horizons and a positive sense of unpredictability as musicians. Over the years, ALCEST influenced a lot of other artists and gained a significant popularity around the world, leading them to do numerous worldwide tours and appear on a variety of festivals.

“Kodama” (2016), the fifth and latest album by ALCEST marks the French group’s ferocious return to the epic and contrasted style of its early works while continuing the band’s relentless pursuit for fresh ideas. Combining poetic elements with darker ones, that were not present in ALCEST’s earlier works, “Kodama” manifests as an intense album, featuring a more organic, punchy sound and showcasing impulses from an array of different places.

Originally triggered by Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film « Princess Mononoke », « Kodama » picks up on the fate of its protagonist and, at its core, deals with the sensation of not belonging; of living in between worlds, be it city and nature, the physical and spiritual one. By giving the album a cultural, stylistic and compositional narrative, Neige and Winterhalter keep “Kodama” from just being the latest improvement on the ALCEST sound and instead make the album a most rare and exciting thing: a vital, relevant record from a front runner that not only upholds the band’s trailblazing legacy, but actually makes you want to see where they go next.

Agent :

Romain

Email :

romain@thelinkprod.fr

Label :

Nuclear Blast

Nationality :

French

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14 Mar 2022 RENNES L’ETAGE France
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15 Mar 2022 TOULOUSE LE REX France
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16 Mar 2022 BARCELONA APOLO 1 Spain
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17 Mar 2022 MADRID SHOKO Spain
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18 Mar 2022 MONTPELLIER VICTOIRE 2 France
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20 Avr 2022 STRASBOURG LA LAITERIE France
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22 Avr 2022 Tilburg ROADBURN FESTIVAL Netherlands
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24 Avr 2022 KIEV BEL ETAGE Ukraine
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26 Avr 2022 MINSK BRUGGES Belarus
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28 Avr 2022 SAINT PETERSBURG AURORA Russian Federation
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29 Avr 2022 MOSCOW URBAN Russian Federation
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02 Juin 2022 GRENOBLE L’ILYADE France
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08 Juin 2022 ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE FRANCOFOLIES Luxembourg
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17 Juin 2022 DESSEL GRASPOP METAL MEETING Belgium
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19 Juin 2022 CLISSON HELLFEST France
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16 Juil 2022 LA ROCHELLE FRANCOFOLIES France
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21 Juil 2022 LAUKAA JOHN SMITH FESTIVAL Finland
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10 Août 2022 JAROMER BRUTAL ASSAULT FESTIVAL Czech Republic
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11 Août 2022 SCHLOTHEIM PARTY SAN Belgium
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18 Août 2022 Bristol ARC TANGENT FESTIVAL United Kingdom
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17 Déc 2022 PARIS BATACLAN France
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