Autre Temps – Alcest

Alcest has always been the band to whom I turn when in search of beauty and tranquillity whilst in midst of utter chaos and havoc of the populace. This band has progressively graduated to being of the depressive shoegaze genre with all their music having this ethereal element in them. The new single out “Autre Temps” will not disappoint those of you who search for this very oblivion that I lust for.

The new single is from their third record, due to be released on the 6th of January by Prophecy Productions. “Autre Temps” plays on and on, gets under your skin, seeps deep inside. Neige has done a brilliant work of mixing vocals and instruments. His talent and influence is so easily reflected in the song itself. The sublime beat and the sad lyrics makes one wholly aware of one’s self and yet remotely distant from anything real. For those who get it :

Une prière lointaine que porte le vent du soir

Anime les feuilles dans leur danse alanguie.

C’est le chant des vieux arbres entonné pour toi,

Pour ces bois obscurs maintenant endormis.

Sans nous attendre tant de saisons ont passé;

Les feuilles dorées s’en allant mourir à terre

Renaîtront un jour sous un ciel radieux,

Mais notre monde érodé restera le même

Et demain toi et moi serons partis.

Simplistic, it lulls around the back of your head like pleasant memory just out of grasp. Surreal.

I could not be more anxious to receive my dose of Alcest. A good promo!

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Unsung Out!

Insomnium have released a new track from their upcoming album One For Sorrow. This track, Unsung has quite much raised my expectations from this album. It is available for download for free for those who are registered to their newsletter, so sign up RIGHT NOW! Maybe it’s on torrents but this way is legit :D. Nearly five and a half minutes long, it is pure bliss.

About the track, an overall fast paced and intense song. I love the strength with which this song starts and the way with which it continues is amazing. It is so refreshing to hear a new Insomnium track, even though Weather the Storm was quite recent too.

Something that struck me was the firstly the lack of the typical acoustic element in a majority of their songs. The songs just entered into a heavy melodic riff with Niilo Sevanen’s vocals just blending in with the soundscape (one of the few bands that have pulled that off successfully). No fancy acoustic guitar of atmospheric keywork. Secondly, this clean vocals section that pops in somewhere in the middle (3.30, i checked). I still don’t know whether I like that. But yes, It does not hinder the fact that this song is amazing trailer to whats eems like another epic album.

\m/ Insomnium!

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Surtur Rising. Cult.

 

A New Album. A new Cult. Amon Amarth. Yet again. Listen. NOW! : War of the Gods

Amon Amarth’s new album, due to be released soon, end of March, Surtur Rising sounds like its going to be another chapter of wars of epic proportions. To the band that introduced me to the notion of melodic death metal, I hope this album proves to be just has powerful as the Twilight of the Thunder God.

This song in particular sounded very typical of them, which I am hoping is not true for the album. One thing that puts a person off, is the lack of growth. But apart from the similarity, I still found the song amazing! Vocals the best as always and drums spot on perfection. For heaven’s sake my last.fm profile name is varunamarth :D, if not me then who would like it?  I am really looking forward to something great from these guys, along with Opeth’s new album. Hopefully it’ll live up to its hype :).