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Alcest

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Latest Alcest News

Below is our complete Alcest news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Alcest Releases "Autre Temps" Video

French act Alcest has posted a music video online for the song "Autre Temps," which is the first single off the band's upcoming third album, "Les Voyages De L'Âme." You can check out the video clip below.

The single is out now as limited etched vinyl 7" at this location and via digital download. The full "Les Voyages De L'Âme" album will be out on January 6th, 2012. You can find the album's artwork here.

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Alcest Posts New Album Artwork

Alcest has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Les Voyages De L'Âme," and the cover artwork for the release has now been posted online and is available below. More details on the album will be announced as they are made available.

A music video was also shot for a new single taken from the album, titled "Autre Temps," which will be released in December. A teaser for the single can be found at this location.

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Alcest Posts "Autre Temps" Teaser

A teaser trailer has been posted online for "Autre Temps," the upcoming new single from Alcest. Prophecy Productions commented on the clip:

"See here a short teaser for 'Autre Temps,' the advance single of Alcest's upcoming album 'Les Voyages De L'Âme.' A professional video clip has been shot for this, and it will be unveiled on December 2nd. The very same day will see the release of the single as digital download and limited etched vinyl!"

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Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave

Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.

So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...

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Junius Joining Enslaved On Tour

Dark rock group Junius has unveiled the first new song, “All Shall Float,” from the forthcoming album, "Reports From the Threshold of Death," today on BrooklynVegan.com at this location.

Additionally, Junius will be joining Norwegian metal legends Enslaved and French outfit Alcest for a tour this fall, which kicks off on September 23rd in Springfield, VA. The dates are as follows:

9/23 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/24 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
9/25 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
9/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
9/28 Quebec City, QC @ Impérial
9/29 Montreal, QC @ Café Campus
9/30 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/1 Columbus, OH @ Outland Live
10/2 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/3 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/5 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
10/6 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/7 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
10/8 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
10/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

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Alcest Announces New Album Title

Shoegaze black metallers Alcest have announced "Les voyages de l'âme" (translated: "The Journeys of the Soul") as the title of their new album.

The French group plans to release the album in early 2012. "Les Voyages..." follows the group's 2010 effort "Écailles De Lune."

No more information is present at the time of this article. Check back in with Metalunderground.com in the next few weeks for more details.

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Enslaved Announces North American Headline Tour

European progressive black metallers Enslaved have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headine tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Ghost and Alcest. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

09/23 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
09/24 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
09/25 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
09/26 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
09/28 Quebec City, QC – Impérial
09/29 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
09/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/01 Columbus, OH – Outland Live
10/02 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/03 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
10/05 Winnipeg, MB – WECC
10/06 Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/07 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10/08 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/10 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
10/11 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour

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Dornenreich Posts European Tour Trailer

Dornenreich has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming European tour dates. You can check out the trailer below.

The band's upcoming tour dates with Alcest are as follows:

12.04.2011 PL - Poznan / Pod Minoga
13.04.2011 DE - Hamburg / Marx
15.04.2011 DE - Köln / Werkstatt
16.04.2011 DE - Giessen / Kings of Black Metal-Festival
17.04.2011 DE - Osnabrück / Bastard Club
19.04.2011 SW - Göteborg / Fängelset
20.04.2011 NO - Oslo / Inferno-Festival
22.04.2011 FR - Lille / La Chimere
23.04.2011 UK - London / Infernal Damnation-Festival
24.04.2011 FR - Marange-Silvange / Black Druids-Festival

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More Bands Confirmed For Ragnarok Festival

Catamenia, Graveworm, and Wolfchant have now been confirmed in the lineup of the upcoming 2011 Ragarok Festival. The festival takes place on April 29th - 30th, 2011 at the Stadthalle in Lichtenfels, and additional details are available here.

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Agrypnie
Alcest
Battlelore
Bifröst
BlackShore
Bran Barr
Catamenia
Dalriada
Eis
Graveworm
Enslaved
Ignis Fatuu
Hammer Horde
Månegarm
Kampfar
Odroerir
Negura Bunget
Path Of Golconda
Orphaned Land
Shining
Sahg
Todtgelichter
Thyrfing
Valkyrja
Twilight Of The Gods
Wolfchant
Vrankenvorde

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Dornenreich Announces European Tour

Dornenreich has announced a European double headlining tour alongside Alcest this coming April. The currently announced dates and venues are as follows:

12.04.2011 PL - Poznan / Pod Minoga
13.04.2011 DE - Hamburg / Marx
15.04.2011 DE - Köln / Werkstatt
16.04.2011 DE - Giessen / Kings of Black Metal-Festival
17.04.2011 DE - Osnabrück / Bastard Club
19.04.2011 SW - Göteborg / Fängelset
20.04.2011 NO - Oslo / Inferno-Festival
22.04.2011 FR - Lille / Le Chimere
23.04.2011 UK - London / Infernal Damnation-Festival
24.04.2011 FR - Marange-Silvange / Black Druids-Festival

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Primordial To Tour Europe With Alcest

Irish metal act Primordial has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Alcest and While Heaven Wept. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

May 27 - Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
May 28 - Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
May 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
May 31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornrosje
Jun. 01 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Jun. 02 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
Jun. 03 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Stuk
Jun. 04 - Budapest, Hungary - Metalfest Open Air Hungary
Jun. 05 - Pilsen, Czech Republic - Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic

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More Bands Announced For Inferno Fest

Norway's Dodheimsgard and California's Exhumed are the latest acts to be confirmed for the upcoming 2011 edition of the Inferno Festival. The Norwegian Inferno festival is set to take place from April 20th - 23rd, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Dodheimsgard
Exhumed
Immortal
Aura Noir
Pentagram
Soilent Green
Malevolent Creation
Alcest
Atheist
Okkultokrati

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King Of Asgard Playing Black Troll Festival

King of Asgard has issued the following update about appearing at the upcoming Black Troll Festival: "King of Asgard enter German soil this coming Saturday! Black Troll Winterfest @ Stadthalle Eisenberg 18th December. Hope to see ya there!" Additional details on the festival can be found here. The festival's running order is as follows:

23:00 - 24:00 XIV Dark Centuries
21:40 - 22:40 Wolfchant
20:30 - 21:20 Heljareyga
19:20 - 20:10 Alcest
18:10 - 19:00 Trollfest
17:00 - 17:50 Kromlek
15:55 - 16:40 Haradwaith
14:55 - 15:35 King of Asgard
13:55 - 14:35 Pantheon I
12:55 - 13:35 Finsterforst
11:55 - 12:35 Nothgard

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Malevolent Creation Confirms Festival Appearance

Florida death metal icons Malevolent Creation have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Inferno festival, set to take place April 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2011 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.

Confirmed Line-Up:
ALCEST
AURA NOIR
IMMORTAL
MALEVOLENT CREATION
PENTAGRAM
SOILENT GREEN

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Panic Cell Confirms Festival Appearance

Long running U.K. metal act Panic Cell has announced its participation in the upcoming edition of the Damnation Festival. Panic Cell joins headliners The Dillinger Escape Plan, Earthtone9, Anaal Nathrakh, Lawnmower Deth, Alcest, The Construct, Colonel Blast, Diascorium, The Mire and Bonesaw.

Damnation 2010 takes place November 6th, 2010 at Leeds University Union, U.K.

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Alcest Parts Ways With Bassist Fursy Teyssie

French metal band Alcest has issued the following update regarding changes to their lineup:

"After having crossed Europe and North America with Alcest unfortunately Fursy will not be able to keep on playing bass live due to a lack of time. I guess we will play again together when he will start making concerts with Les Discrets, I can't wait for that."

"A new bass player already joined us, Indria (from Lonesoul, Brutal Rebirth, ex-Peste Noire).
He will be a part of the Alcest live line-up from the next shows we will do, in Finland."

"Otherwise I am already working on the next album, which will be recorded in january-february 2011."

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More Bands Announced For Damnation Festival

Damnation Festival veterans Anaal Nathrakh will return to lay waste to Leeds this year for the sixth installment of the UK festival. They'll be joined by French experimental duo Alcest, the synth driven mathcore of Rolo Tomassi, and Fukpig, who make their Damnation debut after a performance at Deathfest earlier this year. The latest additions join the already confirmed The Dillinger Escape Plan and reformed Earthtone9 with many more bands to be announced across three stages.

Festival director Gavin McInally commented: "No band - not even the mighty Carcass - has been requested to return to Damnation Festival by the fans as often as Anaal Nathrakh so it's a pleasure, and a relief, to be able to make that happen. In contrast to the aural chaos of Nathrakh, Alcest will bring a touch of French sophistication to proceedings with their haunting, black metal inspired shoegaze. Rolo Tomassi are one of the rising stars of the current UK metal scene and it's great to be able to host their energetic live show this year. As for Fukpig, well the devastation at Deathfest is responsible for their return!"

More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Mourning Beloveth To Play Madrid Is The Dark Fest

Ireland's Mourning Beloveth has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Madrid is the Dark Festival:

"Mourning Beloveth are pleased to announce that we shall take the stage at the second installment of the Madrid is the Dark festival, which takes place on the 30/31 of October 2010."

Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup for the festival is as follows:

Saturday 30th Oct
PRIMORDIAL (IE)
RAPTURE (FI)
FORGOTTEN TOMB (IT)
MAEL MORDHA (IE) More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Wave Gotik Treffen

Spanish metallers NahemaH are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Wave Gotik Treffen festival, which will take place in Leipzig, Germany from May 21st - 24th. More info about the festival can be found here. The currently confirmed acts are as follows:

Alcest (F), Alight (I), Andrew Liles (GB), Arcana (S), Attrition (GB), Auto Auto (S), Beloved Enemy (D), Bettina Köster (D), Biomekkanik (S), Bloody, Dead & Sexy (D), Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows (AUS), Caspian (USA), Catastrophe Ballet (D), Chameleonsvox (GB), Christ Vs. Warhol mit Eve Ghost (USA), Cobra Killer (D), Decadence (GR) world premiere, Demented Are Go (GB), Der Fluch (D), Diary Of Dreams (D), Dr. Mark Benecke (D), Eisheilig (D) -Elegant Machinery (S), Escape With Romeo (D), Faith & The Muse (USA), Flint Glass (F), Gene Loves Jezebel (GB), Geneviéve Pasquier (D), Genitorturers (USA), Gitane Demone (USA), Hide & Seek (F), HTRK (GB), Jabberwock (F), Joe Black (GB), Joy/Disaster (F), Kommunity FK (USA), Lacrimosa (D) -Lealoo (CZ), Loell Duinn (HR), Lola Angst (D), Luxury Stranger (GB), Madre Del Vizio (D), Modulate (GB), Mona Mur & EN Esch (D/GB), Mono No Aware (D), MS Gentur (D), NAHEMAH (E), Oberer Totpunkt (D), Omega Lithium (HR), Orange Sector (D), Orgonautic (D), Phallus Dei (D), Poisonblack (FIN), Punish Yourself (F), Raum41 (D), Reaktivate (D), Revolution By Night (GB), Richard Ruin & Les Demoniaques (D), Rotersand (D), S.P.O.C.K (S), Samsas Traum (D), Schneewittchen (D), Seventh Harmonic (S/GB), Sex Gang Children (GB), Slave Republic (D), Sol Invictus (GB), The Brains (CDN), The Deep Eynde (USA) -The Essence (NL), The Klinik (B), The Lovecrave (I), The Pussybats (D), The Vision Bleak (D), The Wounded (NL), This Morn' Omina (B), Trial (D), Valravn (DK), Violet (D), X Marks The Pedwalk (D), Zeraphine (D), and Zwielicht (D).

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Alcest Announces North American Tour Dates

French metal band ALCEST has announced a North American tour. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:

Mar 21 - Agalloch/Alcest - The Silver Church Club – Bucharest, Romania
Apr 01 - K17 - Berlin, Germany
Apr 02 - Music Hall Exit Chmelnice - Praha, Czech Republic
Apr 03 - Escape Metalcorner - Vienna, Austria
Apr 04 - Olden Live Club - Lonato del Garda, Italy
Apr 05 - Posthalle – Würzburg, Germany
Apr 06 - Glazart – Paris, France
Apr 07 - Purple Turtle – London, England
Apr 08 - Turock – Essen, Germany
Apr 09 - Romein – Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Apr 10 - Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
Apr 22 - Bar Octobre - Québec, Quebec, Canada
Apr 23 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Apr 24 - Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 - To be announced - Alabama
Apr 26 - To be announced - Alabama
Apr 27 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 28 - Cafe Nine - New Haven, Connecticut
Apr 29 - The Studio At Webster Hall - New York, New York
Apr 30 - Underworld - Montreal, Quebec
May 01 - Unit - Boston, Massachusetts
May 14 - Auditorium Sá de Miranda – Braga, Portugal
May 15 - Side-B - Benavente, Portugal
May 23 - Wave Gothic Treffen – Leipzig, Germany

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