Played at Graspop Metal Meeting 2015 / 2017

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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 sometimes called ‘shoegaze’. Inspired by a Hayao Miyazaki film, their latest album ‘Kodama’ (2016) deals with the confrontation between the human and the natural world. The riffing and vocals in particular are more reminiscent of Alcest’s earlier work and the overall sound is a bit heavier than its predecessor. If you’re looking to take a breather from the metal madness raging elsewhere on the festival grounds, the spiritual world of Alcest offers the perfect refuge. (#GMM17)