Alcest offers Protection and spiritual catharsis




As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, the French duo Alcest will release their sixth album, “Spiritual Instinct”, through Nuclear Blast on October 25th.

Recorded at the French Drudenhaus Studios and written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful “Kodama”, the new album will lead the blackgaze pioneers into dark soundscapes full of spiritual catharsis.

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Neige and drummer Winterhalter have revealed the first single ‘Protection’ from the band’s upcoming album.  The music video was filmed by director Craig Murray (Mogwai, Blood Red Shoes) and you can watch it here:

Neige comments: “‘Protection’ is the first track I wrote for »Spiritual Instinct«. It’s probably one of our most heavy, spontaneous songs. It is about inner conflict, the tension between the spiritual and darker sides of a person, facing your own anguishes in order to embrace them and then fight them. Like the other tracks on the album, writing it was a very cathartic, healing process for me.”

The album is now available for pre-order in the following formats:
– digipak in O-card
– 36 pages earbook including 2 CD + 180g LP (stone effect) (limited to 2000 copies)
– 180g LP in sleeve available in the colours:
black (retail)
ocean green (NB mailorder + wholesale, limited to 500 copies)
burgundy (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
polar white (Rough Trade exklusive, limited to 300 copies)
royal blue (band shop exklusive, limited to 300 copies)
– Boxset collector’s edition including 2 CDs + 180g LP (stone effect), earbook, bonus mini LP (violet sparkle, etched) in sleeve, art prints and patch (limited to 500 copies)

USA exclusive vinyl colours:
mint green (retail, limited to 1.700 copies)
clear+blue/bone splatter (indie exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
blood red (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 500 copies)


Tours in support of the new album will soon be announced, but you can witness Alcest at one of the following shows in 2019:

13.09.  D         Balve – Prophecy Fest
25.09.  F          Paris – Red Bull Music Festival (special set with Perturbator)
28.09.  NL        Amsterdam – Paradiso
13.10.  E          Barcelona – AMFest
18.10.  NL        Leeuwarden – Into the Void
19.10.  D         Hameln – Autumn Moon Festival
26.10.  F          Strasbourg – La Laiterie
02.11.  UK       Leeds – Damnation Festival
16.11.  D         Neunkirchen – Gloomaar Festival
06.12.  E          Madrid – Madrid is the Dark
07.12.  P          Lisbon – Under the Doom Festival
13.12.  NL        Eindhoven – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
14.12.  UK       London – Beyond The Past

Neige – vocals, guitars, bass, synths
Winterhalter – drums

Alcest offers Protection and spiritual catharsis

August 26, 2019

The new album will lead the blackgaze pioneers into dark soundscapes full of spiritual catharsi

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