Alcest are a band from France that has been featured before in this zine and plays post black metal with elements of shoegaze and this is a review of their 2016 album "Kodama" which was released by Prophecy Productions.
Clean yet distorted playing starts off the album and evolves into more of a heavier and melodic direction and the solos and leads bring in a great amount of melody and post rock elements and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the vocals also use a great amount of clean singing.
Elements of shoegaze can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and when synths are utilized they are done in a very atmospheric style and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the songs also bring in a great mixture of both clean and heavy parts and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and after awhile high pitched black metal screams are added into certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Alcest creates another recording that remains true to the post black metal and shoegaze mixture of previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in French and cover Nostalgia, Beauty, and Spirituality themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Alcest and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eclosion" and "Oiseux De Proie". 8 out of 10.