Alcest

Alcest
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2015 / 2017 / 2020

Genre

Progressive

Country

France

Biography

Can a metal band produce ethereal tracks that take you away from this earthly realm and transport your thoughts to another world? Just listen to the French band Alcest and you’ll realise it can be done. This approach marked the band’s early days when frontman Neige was still mainly inspired by black metal but over time the band’s rough edges were smoothed over into what is now known as ‘shoegaze’. Inspired by a Hayao Miyazaki film, their 2016 album ‘Kodama’ deals with the confrontation between the human and the natural world. Heavier than its predecessor, the riffing and vocals in particular revisit the band’s original blackgaze sound. Their latest effort ‘Spiritual Instinct’ (2019) continues down this path and is their first on Nuclear Blast. Alcest provides spiritual sanctuary for those looking to take a breather from the metal madness raging elsewhere on the festival grounds. (#GMM20)