In a close cooperation, ALCEST and Prophecy Productions are reissuing the French blackgaze pioneers‘ milestone release and third studio full-length “Les Voyages de l’âme”. The album was originally released on January 6, 2012. Due to production shortages and the complex nature of manufacture, these special reissues will come out some months past the initially planned date of release in connection to their 10th anniversary.
ALCEST comment: “XXX”, mastermind Neige writes. “XXX.”
“Les Voyages de l’âme” will be reissued in three beautiful limited editions:
A 60-page hardcover artbook that includes the CD with two bonus live tracks, a preface by Neige, liner notes by Roadburn Festival mastermind Walter Hoeijmakers, translations of the French lyrics into English, images, artwork sketches and photos from the “Les Voyages de l’âme” era.
A handcrafted, gold-framed hologram vinyl LP that reflects light in all colours of the rainbow, which is strictly limited to 100 hand-numbered copies.
Vinyl picture disc
A picture vinyl LP limited to 1.000 copies.
1. Autre Temps
2. Là où naissent les couleurs nouvelles
3. Les Voyages de l’âme
4. Nous sommes l’emeraude
5. Beings of Light
6. Faiseurs de mondes
8. Summer’s Glory
Bonus tracks (book edition only)
9. Autre Temps (live at Hellfest 2022)
10. Là où naissent les couleurs nouvelles (live in Lyon 2018)
When ALCEST released their third studio album “Les Voyages de l’âme” in early 2012, the French were probably not expecting their own stylistic creation for which the term ‘blackgaze’ is by now firmly established to break out of its underground niche.
Of course, their sophomore full-length “Écailles de Lune” (2010) had already received accolades from critics and fans alike and been widely discussed in the music press, particularly within the metal scene. Yet with “Les Voyages de l’âme”, ALCEST found themselves glowingly reviewed in the New York Times and other mainstream outlets as well as in the centre of attention from live booking agents.
One event stood out: In the 2013 edition of the prestigious Roadburn Festival, ALCEST had been invited to perform the complete “Les Voyages de l’âme”, which marked a huge milestone in the bands long history of successes.
Post-black metal or blackgaze as pioneered by the French is musically defined by a lucent sound of dreamlike quality that ALCEST have perfected to an otherworldly beauty and which the French still continue to define and refine.
ALCEST‘s “Les Voyages de l’âme” is already considered as a modern classic and this cornucopia of musical wonders and haunting beauty is rightfully celebrated more than a decade after its original release with these spectacular reissues.
Neige – lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Winterhalter – drums
Recorded by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E, Mellrichstadt
Mix & mastering by Neb Xort
Cover Art by Fursy Teyssier
Design by Valnoir
Photos by Andy Julia
“Les Voyages de l’âme” is available as a 60-page hardcover artbook that includes the CD with two bonus live tracks, a preface by Neige, liner notes by Roadburn Festival mastermind Walter Hoeijmakers, and more material. Also as handcrafted, gold-framed hologram vinyl LP (ltd. 100 hand-numbered copies), and as a vinyl picture disc (ltd. 1.000 copies).