2019 Best of Metal: #4 Alcest-Spiritual Instinct

Release date:  10/25/2019

Origin:  Bagnois-sur-Ceze, France

Personnel:  Neige-vox/guitar/bass/keyboard and Winterhalter-drums

Alcest has perfected their weird hybrid of black metal and shoegaze at this point.  The result is a very gentle and introspective version of black metal.  It’s one that points its focus in a more emotional content that is served on soaring melodies and riffs that feel a little more abstract than one might normally hear in metal.  Even when they break out the blastbeats and blackened vocals, it feels less abrasive than these elements are normally used by blackened bands.  It’s honestly hard to say this in light of the quality of material Alcest has created over their career, but this may be their best album to date.

5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

4.  Alcest-Spiritual Instinct
5.  Monolord-No Comfort
6.  The Moth Gatherer-Esoteric Oppression
7.  The Claypool Lennon Delirium-South of Reality
8.  Warforged-I: Voice
9.  Russian Circles-Blood Year
10.  Ray Alder-What the Water Wants
11.  Imperium Dekadenz-When We Are Forgotten
12.  Memoriam-Requiem For Mankind
13.  Horseburner-The Thief
14.  Cult of Luna-A Dawn To Fear
15.  Bask-III
16.  Cave In-Final Transmission
17.  The Neal Morse Band-The Great Adventure
18.  Borknagar-True North
19.  Herod-Sombre Dessein
20.  Vintersea-Illuminated

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