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Alcest: Making Metal Beautiful

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Alcest: Making Metal Beautiful

Beings of Light

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Tuesday's Pick

Song: "Beings of Light"

Artist: Alcest

CD: Les Voyages de l'Ame

Genre: Rock

Metal can be pretty, and anyone who says otherwise hasn't spent much time with Alcest. For the past decade, the band's French mastermind, Niege, has softened the edges of black metal — both with the metallic shoegaze of Alcest and with the much-missed one-off Amesoeurs, which crafted something of a blackened love letter to The Cure and Depeche Mode. From Alcest's third album, Les Voyages de l'Âme, "Beings of Light" is like a swarming gossamer dress that radiates a blue glow.

Like an alternate soundtrack to Lord of the Rings sung by the elf queen Galadriel, "Beings of Light" begins with an angelic chorus of ahs that's unafraid to conjure images of Enya. But as voices layer on top of each other, a gauzy, shimmering noise builds until tremolo-picked guitar and blast-beated drums come galloping in at 1:20. As Neige has demonstrated many times before, there's no clash of sound — only something like a cascading waterfall.

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Album
Voyages de l'Âme
Artist
Alcest
Label
Prophecy
Released
2012

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