Additional info All music composed by Neige except "Abysses", composed/performed by Fursy Teyssier.
All lyrics written by Neige except "Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer", written by Paul-Jean Toulet.
Recorded by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E, mixed/mastered by Neb Xort at Drudenhaus Studio during summer 2009 except "Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer", recorded by Neige.
Cover art by Fursy Teyssier (www.lesdiscrets.com).
Layout by Metastazis.com
Produced by MK for Prophecy Productions.
Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde was something quite new. Its combination of Black metal and Shoegaze, occasionally referred to as 'metalgaze', revealed that even metalheads occasionally dig warm, subtle music conceptually revolving around a wonderland or fairyland, where the bunnies hop through gently sloped meadows and spring is everlasting and more wonderfully jolly things. Who knows, maybe we're not as inevitably hell-bound as we think we are.
Imagine yourself lying on the bare ground of a desolated beach, gazing at the majesty of the full moon. Now close your eyes and focus on the sound of the nearby forest and sea. Wait for the high tide to wrap your body in a blanket of warmth and blissfulness. Listen to the call of the spirits of the night; follow them into the deep sea. Finally allow the hypnotic waters to consume your mortal life and embrace the splendor of Fairyland. This is the basic essence of Écailles de Lune.
Call me melodramatic, but this album has gotten me through some tough times the last 2 weeks. Wonderful music in times of joy or sorrow. Écailles De Lune Pt. I has the most beautiful and melancholy atmosphere I have ever heard in a song.
That is precisely what makes this such a great album - it has the ability to kick you when you're down or lift you higher when you're up. Neige has quite the talent for identifying with his listener's emotions.
Dark feelings,cold,emotinal,melodic,great shrieking vocals
one oft he best
Kenos - 05.08.2011 at 20:05
First three tracks: pure perfection. "Écailles De Lune (I - II)" always leaves me speechless, probably the most complete Alcest's song and one of the best things I've ever heard in metal music.
Second half of the album: a bit less consistent, with "Abysses" as a filler, "Solar Song" as a "Souvenirs"'s rehashing and finally a great, enchanting acoustic ballad.
Amazing album, really, but I only wish it was longer: after the first half it loses a bit of its intensity and seems to finish too soon ... And I eagerly want MORE.
Now I only have to wait for "Les Voyages De L'âme".