France's Alcest have returned with a new recording which continues their mixture of post black metal and shoegaze from their previous release and this is a review of their 2019 album "Spiritual Instinct' which will be released on October 25th by Nuclear Blast Records.
Powerful sounding bass guitars and melodic guitar leads start off the album along with some heavy riffing a few seconds later. Elements of post rock and shoegaze can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with some clean vocals also being added into some parts of the songs.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. The riffs also utilize a lot of melody along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Black metal screams are also a very huge part of the recording along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style as well as some synths also being added into some parts of the recording as well as some clean playing also being utilized at times and the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses a brief use of classical guitars can also be heard, female vocals are also added on the closing track. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of French and English and cover existential anxiety and spirituality themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Alcest and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Protection" and "Spiritual Instinct". 8 out of 10.