|Review: Alcest - Le Secret|
Label: Drakkar Productions
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 28, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
Rated 2.4/5 (48%) (5 Votes)
After a big 4 years of absence, Alcest returns with a new 2 song EP which lasts 27 minutes in total. Their previous demo was an extremely raw and cold minimalist black metal demo. While this one still pays "homage" to their roots, the sound has evolved. This is still very raw, but they've managed to fit even more melancholic riffs a la Drudkh. After listening many times the closest band this EP comes to is probably Drudkh, minus the accoustics. The first song starts with 3 minutes of pure clean guitar to set the tone for the song, and after about 3 minutes the riffs start. Very fast riffs full of sadness and depression. The songs are very long, yet they never get repetitive at all, because having very repetitive riffs is part of giving the feelings to the listener. The second song, Elevation, starts off with some very relaxing keys, and the song kicks off at about 3 minutes. Same type of song here, except the riffs are more varied and it features more technical drumming. More of a "nature" song, this one, with clean breaks throughout the song. Overall this is an excellent return EP, and I can't wait to hear more Alcest stuff.
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