Album: Eldir Nótt
Genre(s): Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Temple of Torturous
1. (Intro) - 04:16
2. Vigil - 08:59
3. Jarðeldr - 12:13
4. Suonnas Sedir - 03:12
5. Saltrian - 08:28
6. Samas stigr - 03:48
7. Síaiða - 10:04
8. Sút - 04:40
Total playing time: 55:40
Band: Woods of Desolation
Album: As the Stars
Genre(s): Atmospheric Post-Black Metal
Label: Northern Silence Productions
1. Like Falling Leaves - 05:06
2. Unfold - 05:00
3. And If All the Stars Faded Away - 04:41
4. This Autumn Light - 04:20
5. Anamnesis - 04:11
6. Withering Field - 06:11
7. Ad Infinitum - 05:14
Total playing time: 34:43
Genre(s): Atmospheric Post-Black Metal
1. Der Zauber eines traumnahen Zustands - 08:56
2. Abuser’s Path - 12:04
3. Distant Dissonance - 01:21
4. Und alles verschwimmt in einem Wirbel dunkler Farben - 05:28
5. The Weakest of All Cosmic Creatures - 13:39
Total playing time: 41:28
Band: Totem Skin
Album: Still Waters Run Deep
Genre(s): Blackened Post-Hardcore
Label: Dog Knights Productions
1. Kargt Landskap - 05:25
2. Still Waters Run Deep - 02:10
3. The Romans Make A Desert And Call It Peace - 02:15
4. Atrophy Of The Heart - 07:41
5. At The Forest’s Edge - 04:14
6. In Darkness I Sleep - 02:15
7. Seasons Don’t Fear The Reaper, We Can Be Like They Are - 12:11
Total playing time: 36:11
No, I haven’t listened to the record yet. You will understand everything after reading this post though. The whole thing was written by my friend who also happens to be my flatmate and has an extremely good taste in music, not only in black metal or anything related to it, but in overall on a general range as well, and I compeltely trust his opinion on this one. The whole thing was written in Hungarian and some parts were rather hard to translate to bring over the same drill, but I think I managed more or less.
So without further ado:
The thing is that I used to adore Alcest a lot, even their previous record which managed to divide their fans in all possible ways was okay in my opinion. But I haven’t heard anything this bad for a long time. Yes, I’m talking about this pile of salmonella infested diarrhea, titled Shelter.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s no problem with abandoning the black metal influence their previous records used to have, but playing a kind of sentimental pop-rock that is so meaningless and dull makes my stomach turn inside-out.
So instead of getting into a really deep and crooked kind of reasoning gibberish, I just rather paste a pile of notes I managed to scribble down while I was listening to the record:
- Wonder how many minutes I can take it before I shut it down.
- The intro reminds me of the soundtrack of Lion King.
- Oh, how original. Right after the intro you have the song which had the feature video shot as well.
- Skipping this one, not gonna put up with this vagina vomit AGAIN.
- The third track makes me remind of things like R.E.M.
- This is just horrible. Skipping.
- You could play the 4th track during the credits of Grey’s Anatomy, no-one would notice, really.
- Yes, this is so bad that I didn’t even pay attention to the fact that it was still playing.
- Skipping this one too by the way.
- Even Beatles had more complex guitar leads.
- The whole thing reminds me of someone who is trying to learn to play the guitar while it’s being distorted to have that “post-rock-ish feel”.
- Woah, track number five was that one that I could bare to listen almost to the end.
- The next one (number six already!) is like all of their old songs put together but only after being castrated though.
- Yeah, guess what, skipped this one as well.
- I almost start regretting that, because track number seven starts off even more terrible.
- The introduction of strings and vocals in this song makes me feel like I’m listening to Ghymes (an undescribably terrible Hungarian folk-ish act from the late 80’s, trust me on this one, it is THAT bad - fyhbm)
- Dear god, the last one is the 10-minute abomination that we have all heard before.
- Ok. Have a nice day, next contestant, please.
- Oh, right. This one was the last track.
- I think this can go into the book of Guinness World Records, there was no other band that could manage to pull off a downturn like this before.
- Gonna go watch Jersey Shore now, even that makes more sense than this.
So the thing is that as he was sending me over these line-by-line, I was getting more and more sure that I won’t listen to this record. Ever. I didn’t like their previous album either nor the first couple of minutes of the track they released off Shelter with the feature video. I really want to remember Alcest like a band who were so unbelievably groundbreaking for me (and for many others as well, I’m sure) alongside Neige (who also made magic with Amesoeurs and Lantlôs) that I got to grow so fond of them that only a few people managed to do in my entire life.
Neige influenced my taste in such an extent that no other artist could, has broadened my musical horizons so radically that you cannot just ignore the sheer fact of his existence in music, and to be honest I have a feeling that if I ever listened to this record, I would want that to be the case.
On a sidenote: I’m back! Will be posting a couple of releases later today or tomorrow latest.