Qreview! Alcest – Les Voyages De L’Âme

Alcest – Les Voyages De L’Âme

1. Autre Temps (Album Version)

2. Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles

3. Les Voyages De L’Âme

4. Nous Sommes L’Emeraude

5. Beings Of Light

6. Faiseurs De Mondes

7. Havens

8. Summer’s Glory

Prophecy Productions

Alcest makes a triumphant return with their latest album, “Les Voyages De L’Âme“. This beautiful post-black album has everything you’d want and expect from the band. While experiencing the album, I felt like I was walking across a field. Enjoying the air and the trees. Reaching a river bank and stopping to enjoy the scene and nature. The music on this album is good for the soul. The tones of the guitar and singing just really touch you in a way that many bands would only dream of. Les Voyages De L’Âme is just soothing and while it does feature some black metal vocals, those are very rare. It’s mainly great composition and singing that would make anyone appreciate it.

Turns out Les Voyages De L’Âme in English means “The Journeys of the Soul“, and this album definitely takes your soul on a journey. It’s like a combination of how Agalloch/Falloch and Junius makes me feel. You can thank Neige for most of the work as he covers guitars, bass, synth and vocals on the album. Drum work is done by Winterhalter. If you like to think, feel and dream while listening to your music. Then Alcest has created the perfect album for you.

While the album is very well done, it tends to get repetitive if I’m not in the mood for it. Each track is good but none of them stand out and grab me at all. It’s all very similar to one another. They could have released this as a one 50 minute long track. This is usually not a problem with me but after a few rotations in I wasn’t feeling it as I was before. The appreciation and acknowledgement of how good this is will always be there, I just need to be in the mood for it.

Pros: Excellent music and production, I love the singing

Cons: Kinda all blends together and gets repetitive towards the end

3.5 out of 5

Molotov Solution loses guitarist, Oceano calls it quits.

Oceano’s vocalist is gone…or is he? Turns out the band as a whole is done. This is from their Facebook:

“Just to clear everything up, Oceano is NOT looking for a new singer. New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will be one of the last Oceano shows ever, and yes, Adam will be there. Thanks for all of your support.”

Molotov Solutions guitarist is no longer with them as well.

“After recently taking some time off for personal reasons, Robbie has decided to step down. For now, we are calling on our friend Cody Jarvis to fill his place until we find a full time replacement. Anyone worried about musical material differences will not be disappointed, especially if you are a fan of Insurrection. Anyone worried about the future of the band, don’t be; it has never held brighter things for us. Stay tuned for spring plans…”




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Thank You For A Great Start In 2011.

I was sharing metal news from my Facebook page before I started this blog. I spammed my wall feed to my friends about shit that is coming out, bands coming to town and every once in a while I did a review for an album. Early 2011 I heard some music that inspired me to do this even more. I wanted to find some bands that were new (to me) and share them. The first band to do this was Woods of Ypres. Then it progressed to other bands in many many different genres. I hit up websites and stalked the Metal Injection forum and had some back n forth banter with some people. I love what Metal Injection and MetalSucks does for the community. They are big time blogs doing some big time shit: interviews, exclusives and tons of content. What really made me want to start MY own blog was this duo of blogs that I thought were great. One is Heavy Blog Is Heavy and the other is American Aftermath.

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Nile – Iskander Dhul Karnon

Today’s Random Lyric of the Day is another epic conclusion ti a great album. Nile always has a badass song to close out on. Today is no exception and may just be the best closing track since Annihilation of the Wicked. “Iskander Dhul Karnon” is mindblowing. NOTHING WILL EVER BE BETTER THAN THIS EVER. Lyrics after the jump, as usual.

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Killswitch Engage vote Howard out of the band.

That’s right. Vocalist extraordinaire from the band Killswitch Engage will no longer be in the band. The band has released this official statement from their official Facebook page, making this very professional and trustworthy.

To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we’ve had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin.

I’ve been over KSE for over 6 years now so this news doesn’t hurt me too much. That does suck though considering he is a really good singer. Have fun with those auditions! My suggestion is to just get……um……..well…..just break up the band. Start something new. Fuck it.

Wow. How could I forget about the new ALCEST record?

Well, thanks to Jimmy from HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com, I now have the chance to enjoy this album and you do too! I completely forgot all about this album but now I’m stoked to finally enjoy it. AlcestLes Voyages De L’Âme will be released this Friday through Prophecy Productions. You can enjoy the stream of the entire album NOW over at Prophecy’s YouTube channel. Enjoy the playlist!