Écailles de Lune

Alcest - Écailles de Lune
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2010 Ratings: #20 / 879
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2010 Ratings: #31
Liked by 5 people
March 29, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Prophecy / Label
Blackgaze, Shoegaze / Genres
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I went into this without checking which genre it was from, and I must say at first it sort of threw me for a loop, I spent my first listen trying to figure out what the record is trying to be.
I've since grown more used to the sound and I do like the overall idea of this very dense atmospheric black metal instrumentals mixed with the soft ethereal shoegazy vocals. It even does well infusing a bit of folk oriented guitar towards the end for a very pretty effect.
The one thing that still ... read more
Legitimately one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.
A very consistent and enjoyable album. Out of all of the few blackgaze projects I have listened to, this is one of the best examples of a happy medium between the shoegaze and black metal genres. Some tracks have a hallowing and gloomy singing over the instrumentals, and others have piercingly loud screams. Both are fucking terrific. I guess my only main gripes come from the awkward transitions in the middle of the longer songs. Aside from that, I love this record, and am excited to check ... read more
While I was never the biggest Alcest fan, I definitely need to put some respect on their name, especially this album here, because they were big pioneers in the blackgaze genre, having clear influences on bands I love, such as Deafheaven. The unlikely mix of bright shoegaze guitar chords, with tremolo picking, blast beats and wretched vocals is something that was quite innovative. Écailles de lune however, includes most of my problems with other Alcest records. I just don't think they ... read more
Alcest;s come back in 2010 with one of the best blackgaze records of the 2010's which has a nice balance of the dark atmosphere, with a more softer and etheral but provide the atmospheric into a more bleaker environment and the vocal work is just the icing on the cake, with impressive screaming which perfectly coincide with the instrumentals to create one of the best works Alcest has put out.

Track Review

Écailles de Lune - Part 1 9/10
Écailles de Lune - Part 2 ... read more
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Track List


  1. Écailles de Lune - Part 1
  2. Écailles de Lune - Part 2
  3. Percées de Lumière
  4. Abysses (instrumental)
  5. Solar Song
  6. Sur l'océan couleur de fer  


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Added on: December 31, 2012