Release date: 6 January 2012
Style: Black metal, Shoegaze

Rating:

8.2 | 404 votes

Owners:

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50 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

Review
Lyrics (6)


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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InnerSelf - 04.01.2012 at 19:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 04.01.2012 at 19:31

Good for you, bro. Hopefully I'll change my mind too, like I did with some other albums I actually hated during the first listens - Katatonia's "NITND" and Anathema's "AFDTE"; and strangely enough they're among my all-time favourites now!


Chances is that this will not make your all time favorite albums list because as you said Neige's music is not the type that takes time to "get". the two albums that you mentioned actually had something new to offer to the sound of these two bands and thus needed some more time to get into but this just needs time to get used to it and it might sound better.
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.01.2012 at 20:51  
Rating: 5 I gave up at track 3.
Kenos - 04.01.2012 at 21:07  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2012 at 20:51

I gave up at track 3.


I had to listen in instalments. Insulin injections between track 3-4 and 5-6.
Milena - 04.01.2012 at 23:50  
Rating: 6 I'm in the middle of my third song and it's pretty dreamy and cute, but I can already tell it will be a one-time-use type of release... the previous two bored me around the third listen.
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 00:49  
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 04.01.2012 at 23:50

I'm in the middle of my third song and it's pretty dreamy and cute, but I can already tell it will be a one-time-use type of release... the previous two bored me around the third listen.

I think the first song is okay but I really enjoyed the second one. I was happy that he used his harsh vocals during some moments.
Like I said in another thread: Inferior to the other two but objectively speaking the songwriting and performance is better and quite varied tbh. Specially enjoy the drumming which saved many moments from losing my interest.
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 01:00  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 00:49

Specially enjoy the drumming which saved many moments from losing my interest.

Yeah, I pretty much hated it when an identical black metal sequence on drums popped up in every other track during the first two, here it's more varied. I like the cleans here better as well. But the ending pretty much sounded like your average soundtrack to some hipsterish commercial targeted at young adults.
If I'm allowed to drift off for a second, some of the atmospheric black metal stuff Troy gave to me sounded a lot better than this. That Coldworld thing is especially pretty baws on some more ambient tracks.
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 01:07  
Rating: 7 Yeah, since the drumming got more varied it's easier to appreciate when blastbeats appear

Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 01:00

Yeah, I pretty much hated it when an identical black metal sequence on drums popped up in every other track during the first two, here it's more varied. I like the cleans here better as well. But the ending pretty much sounded like your average soundtrack to some hipsterish commercial targeted at young adults. If I'm allowed to drift off for a second, some of the atmospheric black metal stuff Troy gave to me sounded a lot better than this. That Coldworld thing is especially pretty baws on some more ambient tracks.


The last song was okayish/good but I expected a far better ending (the previous two albums had wonderful endings imo). Something I found funny though is that when I saw Alcest back in april, they played Summer's Glory without anyone really knowing which song it was let alone a song from their upcoming album.
I wouldn't really think about any atmospheric BM here. Mostly because Alcest stopped doing that since... I dunno, their debut. I get your point though.....kind of.

I need to see more tv it seems... I never seen a commercial with music like Alcest ahahahahhaha.
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 01:12  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 01:07

I wouldn't really think about any atmospheric BM here. Mostly because Alcest stopped doing that since... I dunno, their debut. I get your point though.....kind of.

That's why I said drifting off, but I did think a bit about Le Secret when I posted it. One thing that bugged me about Le Secret was the production, I know it adds mistique and yadda yadda but I can't help trying to "hear better" (here in Serbia we have a great expression for it, "ćuliti uši", kinda like "to extend one's hearing", it that makes sense) and in the end I figure I'm annoyed. I don't have a problem listening to older releases with a muffled production, but when the stuff is newer I like it clean... which is probably why I should stay away from genres which incorporate that. But maybe it's just something you can get used to?
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 01:18  
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 01:12
but when the stuff is newer I like it clean...


So you are basically saying that a release from 2012 shouldn't really have a "bad production"?
I personally think Le Secret is flawless, Alcest should have expanded that sound a lot more and THEN go to the stuff of their debut and present if Niege felt for it. I don't think there's a lot of difference between Le Secret and let's say... Forteresse in terms of production. So I can't really understand your comment.
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 01:23  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 01:18

So you are basically saying that a release from 2012 shouldn't really have a "bad production"?

No, I'm just saying that it's a part of a personal preference, since my brain tries desperately to "fill in the blanks" made by muffled sound even when I doze off and not think about it. I'm aware that not everyone wants to have sparkly clean production and that it can be used for artistic purposes, but it's one of the things I so far haven't gotten used to in metal.
Troy Killjoy - 05.01.2012 at 01:27  
 
Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 01:23
No, I'm just saying that it's a part of a personal preference, since my brain tries desperately to "fill in the blanks" made by muffled sound even when I doze off and not think about it. I'm aware that not everyone wants to have sparkly clean production and that it can be used for artistic purposes, but it's one of the things I so far haven't gotten used to in metal.

I haven't listened to this yet but the Lune had an incredibly clean production by my ears.
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 01:28  
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 01:23

No, I'm just saying that it's a part of a personal preference, since my brain tries desperately to "fill in the blanks" made by muffled sound even when I doze off and not think about it. I'm aware that not everyone wants to have sparkly clean production and that it can be used for artistic purposes, but it's one of the things I so far haven't gotten used to in metal.


Well I'm not saying that all albums should have raw production, just every production to every album. I sincerely can't imagine Le Secret with the same production as, I dunno... a Dream Theatre album, that would be insane if you ask me. Same goes the other way around
Dealing with the production is easily the hardest task for any person to get into most extreme metal if you ask me. With harsh vocals behind.

Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.01.2012 at 01:27
I haven't listened to this yet but the Lune had an incredibly clean production by my ears.

She was talking about Le Secret, at least I'm pretty sure she was talking about Le Secret
Troy Killjoy - 05.01.2012 at 01:31  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 01:28
She was talking about Le Secret, at least I'm pretty sure she was talking about Le Secret

Oh, well... in that case, it's not as clean as it could be.

Fuck that though, go listen to the demo. That shit's raw.
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 01:32  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.01.2012 at 01:27

I haven't listened to this yet but the Lune had an incredibly clean production by my ears.

I was talking just about Le Secret... that's what I get for drifting off I guess

Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 01:28

Dealing with the production is easily the hardest task for any person to get into most extreme metal if you ask me. With harsh vocals behind.

Harsh vocals are pretty awesome, and the production is more of an annoyance and less an obstacle. It's the lack of time, LOADS of other shit to listen to and the abundance of stuff to tackle in extreme metal that stops me from delving into it further.
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 01:36  
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 01:32
and the production is more of an annoyance and less an obstacle.


That's my point... Most of those albums would be WAY more annoying with clean production. It would sound incredibly awkward even for the penguin.
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 01:37  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 01:36

That's my point... Most of those albums would be WAY more annoying with clean production. It would sound incredibly awkward.

I never saw it that way I guess
tea[m]ster - 05.01.2012 at 03:29  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2012 at 20:51

I gave up at track 3.


Serious? You are scarying me! Is this anything like Ecailles? I love that album!
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 14:46  
Rating: 6
Written by tea[m]ster on 05.01.2012 at 03:29

You are scarying me! Is this anything like Ecailles?

Just like Troy said, this is a lot more melodic and also beautiful, but its beauty is completely artificial and it's yawn-inducing.
Kenos - 05.01.2012 at 15:03  
 
Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 14:46

its beauty is completely artificial and it's yawn-inducing.


You. Nailed. It.
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 15:56  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 05.01.2012 at 15:03

You. Nailed. It.

No, Troy nailed it
Looking at your posts, I cannot help but feel some sympathy for you as a fan, that is exactly how I felt when a certain band dropped a turd of an album last year which I've aldreay mentioned in at least 300 (not making it up) of my posts so I shall not speak of it ever again
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.01.2012 at 16:01  
 
Written by Milena on 05.01.2012 at 15:56

No, Troy nailed it
Looking at your posts, I cannot help but feel some sympathy for you as a fan, that is exactly how I felt when a certain band dropped a turd of an album last year which I've aldreay mentioned in at least 300 (not making it up) of my posts so I shall not speak of it ever again


Opeth? Dream Theater?
Milena - 05.01.2012 at 16:13  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.01.2012 at 16:01

Opeth? Dream Theater?

Dream Theater ofc. I don't harbor a lot of love for Opeth... they always manage to put me to sleep so I haven't finished a single album of theirs.
R'Vannith - 05.01.2012 at 16:20  
Rating: 7 I enjoyed Alcest's first album if it's anything like that I should be in for a treat. Nice album cover also.
The Benighted - 05.01.2012 at 23:32  
Rating: 8 Not as good as the last two, but still extremely consistent and solid throughout. I'd give it an 8.5, having listened to it a good 3 or 4 times. I might adjust the score after giving it some more listens. There's definitely quite a bit of beauty to take in here.
Array - 06.01.2012 at 03:40  
Rating: 8 Oh spiritual being, how I 'regret' ordering the deluxe version. Well, I guess I just don't do the same thing with the new Les Discrets (sorry Fursy). If Neige is happy with this... then fine.
BaneConall - 06.01.2012 at 17:15  
Rating: 8 I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Not really understanding what people have against it.
Mr. Doctor - 06.01.2012 at 17:32  
Rating: 7
Written by Array on 06.01.2012 at 03:40

Oh spiritual being, how I 'regret' ordering the deluxe version. Well, I guess I just don't do the same thing with the new Les Discrets (sorry Fursy). If Neige is happy with this... then fine.


Which is why I usually don't take risk and listen to the album before. I will end up buying a fancy edition if I get the chance anyway, I like the cover.
Array - 06.01.2012 at 21:18  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.01.2012 at 17:32

Which is why I usually don't take risk and listen to the album before.

Me too. This was an exception.
Yugosaki - 07.01.2012 at 21:51  
Rating: 9 Solid album
Behdad K2 - 08.01.2012 at 14:28  
Rating: 9 Finally...

At first: I liked it.

I listened to their last 2 albums in a very bad situation. I was deeply depressed and amazingly I liked those 2.
I deeply "touched" the music.
I don't speak French, but I got the feeling behind the music.

Thank you Neige. Thank you Alcest.
Kenos - 10.01.2012 at 13:54  
  I'd like to send a review of this album, but I already wrote it as a comment on my RYM page and I don't want to risk a permanent ban. So I'm just sharing it here.

--- Memories of another world. Sadly.

I didn't demand another masterpiece: Alcest is surely not the kind of band you would expect to make a revolution/evolution; but, now that I come to think of it, "Le Secret" (2005) and the renowned "Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde" (2007), thanks to those unusual yet very suggestive post-rock and/or shoegaze influences, did offer something really refreshing to the whole metal scene (particularly black metal) and began an ever-expanding trend followed by a good deal of bands (or clones) that seem to have taken Neige's teachings very seriously, as if he were the only existing source of inspiration. The road to success was wide open.

And indeed, the second album-revelation "Écailles de lune" (2010) has been a great success, being a mature work (although formally flawed) and an excellent synthesis of Alcest's music: nostalgia and euphoria; calmness and despair. Everything was there, despite some kind of déjà-vu that could be justified by the artist's urgency to delve deeper into his own newly experienced poetry. Masterpiece or not, it was obvious that our eternal dreamer would soon end up rehashing the same ideas, verging little by little on sterile mannerism.

Less than two years have passed, and the release of this new album "Les voyages de l'âme" just removes all doubt: Neige has eventually become to all intents and purposes a lazy musician trapped in musical-lyrical clichés that he himself has created and lavished on us: enchanted worlds, diaphane girlies, angelic visions, gleaming paradise, mawkish whining and now we can even add peacocks to the list. Conceptually speaking, for the sake of fans, nothing has changed at all; can't say the same about the music, more and more characterized by a flamboyant elegance that alone isn't enough to save these fitfy minutes of awful, glossy recycling of Alcest's best ideas and riffs. Some may find it pleasant and, yeah, "beautiful" as ever, but this time I'm sorry that it just fails to connect with me.

Here I find everything that sounds Alcest-ish, but just underwhelming rather than sublime; tiresome rather than dreamy. The evocativeness of "Élevation" (best Alcest song) fades into the pathetic charm of "Beings Of Light"; the genuineness of "Souvenirs" is messed up in "Là où naissent les couleurs nouvelles" and "Summer's Glory", both filled with fluffy, dull riffs and tedious meandering. The pure inspiration of "Écailles de lune" seem a vague memory in "Faiseurs de mondes" and title-track, the only good songs of this otherworldly voyage among saccharine cascades and narcissistic whimpers. And, in hindsight, the previously released "Autre Temps" is almost moving with those cute, wishy-washy guitars. Not to mention Neige's entire vocal performance, increasingly distant from emotionality, increasingly similar to a narcoleptic moan.
There's a thin line between dream and snooze, and Alcest is just crossing it.

Everytime I finish listening to "Écailles" or "Souvenirs" I wish they were a bit longer. Well now I can say I've been fully satisfied: "Les voyages de l'âme" is finally the richest and longest Alcest's album to date, and unfortunately I don't think I'll ever find the patience to get through it without stopping three or four times for an insuline drip. I repeat: I didn't demand another masterpiece, and neither I wanted a sludge/noisecore/industrial/avantgarde twist; but such a kitschy, maudlin, self-indulgent, boring album just makes me cry for disappointment. Maybe Alcest is not for me anymore.
Mr. Doctor - 10.01.2012 at 15:11  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 10.01.2012 at 13:54
Maybe Alcest is not for me anymore.

Just to take off any misunderstandings... With this you are not saying that you aren't going to listen to the other albums youm liked again or what?

Well, I do like the album 7-8 material, probably a 7 if I had to say just one number now but I totally see what's your point so I think you did a pretty good review.
Kenos - 10.01.2012 at 16:41  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.01.2012 at 15:11

Written by Guest on 10.01.2012 at 13:54
Maybe Alcest is not for me anymore.

Just to take off any misunderstandings... With this you are not saying that you aren't going to listen to the other albums youm liked again or what?

Well, I do like the album 7-8 material, probably a 7 if I had to say just one number now but I totally see what's your point so I think you did a pretty good review.


Thanks. And no, I don't mean I won't listen to Alcest anymore; I'm saying that if the band will release other material like this, I probably won't like it. Hence I just stick with "Ecailles" and "Le Secret" - "Souvernirs" too is a great album, but strangely I don't often listen to it.
Ag Fox - 11.01.2012 at 12:34  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 10.01.2012 at 16:41

I just stick with "Ecailles" and "Le Secret" - "Souvernirs" too is a great album, but strangely I don't often listen to it.
snap. thought i was the only one
Behdad K2 - 11.01.2012 at 18:05  
Rating: 9 Couldn't find anywhere better than here.
Can someone pronounce the name of the band and albums with phonetic alphabets?
I do not speak French, so I'd like to know how the names are pronounced.
Kenos - 11.01.2012 at 20:48  
 
Written by Behdad K2 on 11.01.2012 at 18:05

Couldn't find anywhere better than here.
Can someone pronounce the name of the band and albums with phonetic alphabets?
I do not speak French, so I'd like to know how the names are pronounced.


Alcest ---> just "Al-sest", not with French pronunciation (that would be something like "Alsé").

As for the titles, it would be a bit difficult to explain the correct pronunciation to someone who never spoke the language -English and French sound different from each other. If you can read the phonemes, I suggest you to look up the words with Wordreference.com (from French to English), like in this case.
Hope that helps.
strade - 14.01.2012 at 05:57  
Rating: 6 I'm on the same page as others who were slightly disappointed by this album. Oh, well... I still have faith in Les Discrets.
Super_Greg - 14.01.2012 at 07:00  
Rating: 8
Written by BaneConall on 06.01.2012 at 17:15

I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Not really understanding what people have against it.


My thoughts exactly.
koob - 14.01.2012 at 13:37  
Rating: 8 Tracks 2 and 6 are actually some of the best Alcest songs imo.
Milena - 14.01.2012 at 19:17  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 10.01.2012 at 13:54

There's a thin line between dream and snooze, and Alcest is just crossing it.

Ah, you nailed it too we're all on a roll here
elseif - 16.01.2012 at 12:19  
  I love the 2nd track.
Víctor - 18.01.2012 at 07:45  
Rating: 8 Very good album
pisymbol - 20.01.2012 at 03:33  
  Alcest is touring the US in March. Can't wait.
Void Eater - 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.
R'Vannith - 22.01.2012 at 11:27  
Rating: 7
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.
pisymbol - 22.01.2012 at 15:43  
 
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?
Unhealer - 13.02.2012 at 01:48  
Rating: 6 Its still not clicking...

Autre Temps is a marvelous song though. I listen to it everytime I want to get those "tickles".
Reaper_Redeamer - 29.02.2012 at 23:41  
Rating: 9 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...
Draugen - 19.03.2012 at 12:21  
Rating: 6 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.
Array - 19.03.2012 at 16:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Draugen on 19.03.2012 at 12:21

I really hope that Niege has the courage and will to do some more major changes to the sound next time around.

I remember reading that this album pretty much sums up Alcest's music so far. This means the next album should offer something new.

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