Alcest - Les Voyages De L'âme



8.2 | 457 votes |
Release date: 6 January 2012
Style: Black metal, Shoegaze

Owners:

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49 want it


01. Autre Temps
02. Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles
03. Les Voyages De L'âme
04. Nous Sommes L'emeraude
05. Beings Of Light
06. Faiseurs De Mondes
07. Havens
08. Summer's Glory

The best Melodic Black Metal / Metalgaze album of 2012

Line-up
Jean "Winterhalter" Deflandre - drums
Stéphane "Neige" Paut - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards

Additional info
Les Voyages De L'âme (The Journeys Of The Soul) release dates:
- Germany/Austria: January 6, 2012
- Europe: January 9, 2012
- North America: January 31, 2012
- World: January 9, 2012

Formats:
- CD
- Digipak CD
- Limited art book-CD/DVD
- Limited gatefold LP with alternative cover artwork and in two different colours (black and white)

Recorded by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E.
Mixed and mastered by Neb Xort at Drudenhaus Studio.

Cover art by Fursy Teyssier.
Design by Valnoir for Metastazis.

Produced by MK for Prophecy Productions.

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy
Rating:
7.5
Over the course of the past few years, Neige has been not-so-quietly making a name for himself in the black metal scene, working his way through the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire before contributing to - perhaps - his first real "experiment": Amesoeurs. An experiment that ended in name only...

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published 05.01.2012 | Comments (93)

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20.01.2012 - 03:33
pisymbol

Posts: 193
From: USA

Alcest is touring the US in March. Can't wait.
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22.01.2012 - 08:38
Void Eater
Crunkcore Fan

Posts: 2234
From: USA

Written by pisymbol on 20.01.2012 at 03:33

Alcest is touring the US in March. Can't wait.

Expecting some advanced level moshing. Might bring elbow pads and knee pads just in case.
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22.01.2012 - 11:27
Rating: 7
R'Vannith
ghedengi

Posts: 3099
From: Australia

Written by Void Eater on 22.01.2012 at 08:38

Written by pisymbol on 20.01.2012 at 03:33

Alcest is touring the US in March. Can't wait.

Expecting some advanced level moshing. Might bring elbow pads and knee pads just in case.

They don't call it shoegaze for nothing, mind your toes.
Seriously though this kind of music would be a fairly unique experience live.
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22.01.2012 - 15:43
pisymbol

Posts: 193
From: USA

Written by R'Vannith on 22.01.2012 at 11:27

Written by Void Eater on 22.01.2012 at 08:38

Written by pisymbol on 20.01.2012 at 03:33

Alcest is touring the US in March. Can't wait.

Expecting some advanced level moshing. Might bring elbow pads and knee pads just in case.

They don't call it shoegaze for nothing, mind your toes.
Seriously though this kind of music would be a fairly unique experience live.


Now I was told by someone who went to the Enslaved 20th anniversary show where Alcest apparently opened (that's what she told me) that the show itself is quite good.

Though it was a bit strange since the his set was played in complete darkness (or very little stage light). Can anyone else verify?
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13.02.2012 - 01:48
Rating: 6
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

Its still not clicking...

Autre Temps is a marvelous song though. I listen to it everytime I want to get those "tickles".
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29.02.2012 - 23:41
Rating: 9
Reaper_Redeamer

Posts: 468
From: Greece

That was an excellent album too. I do not understand what some people dislike here... The point was to touch, the point was to make a click to the listener. For me he made it... Half of the tracks was exceptionally good and the rest of the album keeped a good atmosphere. In some moments I felt that.. huh... that was.. foreign to this world...
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19.03.2012 - 12:21
Rating: 6
Draugen

Posts: 379
From: Sweden

I feel like this album is a step back compared to Écailles de Lune. What I especially liked about that one was the divided structure with both the softer and the harsher side of Alcest getting incorporated in a nice way. With Les Voyages de l'âme however it is almost exclusively the delicate, dreamy side of the band that gets presented. Don't get me wrong though, it is nothing wrong with that per se, but the thing that bothers me is the fact that it just does not feel either fresh or memorable enough.

I really hope that Niege has the courage and will to do some more major changes to the sound next time around. As it is now, I will most likely get the most out of it as relaxing background music.
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12.04.2012 - 18:16
Rating: 9
Dàibh

Posts: 51
From: UK

Save for three tracks I have not heard from the album, based on those I have heard several times now I'd rate the album '7 - Good.'

I endeavor however to hear the full LP as soon as possible...
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21.04.2012 - 00:23
Rating: 9
Dàibh

Posts: 51
From: UK

Written by Dàibh on 12.04.2012 at 18:16

Save for three tracks I have not heard from the album, based on those I have heard several times now I'd rate the album '7 - Good.'

I endeavor however to hear the full LP as soon as possible...


I've now heard the release in it's entirety and have bumped my rating up to a '9 - Excellent'.
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18.05.2012 - 06:21
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

Ok. Finally listened to this. I waited so long because I read that this is nothing more than "Écailles De Lune" all over again and I needed to cleanse my palate of all Alcest-related things. I would say yes and no. Yes because we are getting accustomed and take for granted what Alcest/Neige "sound" like. This is exactly what I expected. Nothing changed. But that is not a bad thing sometimes. No because clearly the production on this is waaay better than any of the their previous works. It sounds like a major record label's HUGE project. Just terrific. I need to listen a few more times before I rate.
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19.05.2012 - 23:14
Rating: 7
EdguyAsFuck

Posts: 26
From: USA
I loved Ecailles de Lune, but this one sort of grows stale by the 4th song or so. The poppy shoegaze elements get kind of nauseating at times. It's kind of like pouring far too much brown sugar into your oatmeal or something.
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15.06.2012 - 22:00
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

I thought this was fantastic.
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forever bummed out
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15.06.2012 - 22:05
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist

Posts: 18929
From: Canada

Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.06.2012 at 22:00
I thought this was fantastic.

Not surprising considering your current love affair with Falloch.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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15.06.2012 - 22:10
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.06.2012 at 22:05

Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.06.2012 at 22:00
I thought this was fantastic.

Not surprising considering your current love affair with Falloch.


I like the Falloch debut, not surpising tho right Troy?
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15.06.2012 - 22:14
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.06.2012 at 22:05

Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.06.2012 at 22:00
I thought this was fantastic.

Not surprising considering your current love affair with Falloch.

It's the same as your love for Deafheaven


but, man I love that album.
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forever bummed out
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15.06.2012 - 22:18
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist

Posts: 18929
From: Canada

Written by tea[m]ster on 15.06.2012 at 22:10
I like the Falloch debut, not surpising tho right Troy?

Not at all, and I wouldn't be surprised if you really enjoyed this album as well. Dream pop, shoegaze, post-rock, and just a dash of overly cheesy atmospheric black metal.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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17.06.2012 - 21:21
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.06.2012 at 22:18

Written by tea[m]ster on 15.06.2012 at 22:10
I like the Falloch debut, not surpising tho right Troy?

Not at all, and I wouldn't be surprised if you really enjoyed this album as well. Dream pop, shoegaze, post-rock, and just a dash of overly cheesy atmospheric black metal.


I've been spinning this one a lot, not sure if it's on par with Ecailles or not...
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18.06.2012 - 01:51
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist

Posts: 18929
From: Canada

Written by tea[m]ster on 17.06.2012 at 21:21
I've been spinning this one a lot, not sure if it's on par with Ecailles or not...

I think this pales in comparison personally - its overly fluffy atmosphere detracts from the songwriting, while the Lune's atmosphere is more supportive of Neige's creativity.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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08.07.2012 - 16:14
Night Sight

Posts: 260
From: Iran

It is very boring havent heard anything boring like this one form the band
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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22.09.2012 - 23:39
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious

Posts: 7383
From: Bahamas

Absolutely gorgeous!
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17.12.2012 - 02:35
Rating: 9
The release is incredible. I miss the harsh vocals though...
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17.12.2012 - 02:47
Rating: 7
R'Vannith
ghedengi

Posts: 3099
From: Australia

Nearly a year old now, still sounds very insubstantial to me. Great way to start your appreciation of that black metal aesthetic though, it's very easy listening.
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05.02.2013 - 01:21
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

Very good stuff, one of the best from 2012 for me.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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05.02.2013 - 06:25
Seita
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One of the most over-hyped and overrated artists/albums I've ever heard. The melodies are very blasé and predictable and the whole thing just reeks of 90s alternative rock; seriously, how can people call this innovative? Shoegaze used to be huge - Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, Ride - although the fad died and it seems it's been resurrected through pseudo-black metal artists and, unfortunately, these guys can't come up with any original melodic sensibilities whatsoever, they just plagiarize it from artists who have already crashed and burned.
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03.04.2013 - 17:49
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict

Posts: 882
From: Russia

Nice album but a bit too soothing for my taste. Even occasional harsh vocals don't change the atmosphere that slowly lulls you to sleep, which is... Not necessarily a bad thing but not something I looked for in this album.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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12.08.2013 - 06:21
Rating: 7
DoomRules

Posts: 34
From: Mexico

I don´t know, I think that this album is good , this work is the first alcest's album that i listened , but recently , i listened Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde and Écailles de lune, and definitely this album no have the true essence of the band that they transmited in the past works , the songs are simples and don´t have a good sequence that Écailles de lune ...I don´t know if this band is good or not ...:(
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Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.
William Wordsworth
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14.08.2013 - 02:13
Rating: 7
Góral
Combo Breaker

Posts: 482
From: Poland

Written by DoomRules on 12.08.2013 at 06:21

don´t know if this band is good or not ...:(

It's one of the questions which nobody can give you a definite answer. However, if anyone thinks that he can... fuck it, It's only your decision.
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22.05.2016 - 00:51
VIG

Posts: 330
From: USA

Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.06.2012 at 22:00

I thought this was fantastic.

me too, i dont get the 7.5 rating, this should be at least a 9.
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I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here
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24.05.2016 - 00:59
Ganondox

Posts: 925
From: USA

This album is a classic.
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