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Voyages De L Ame (Frn)


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prophecy (Koch)
  • ASIN: B0066ELIVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the third album from the French Black Metal band. Les Voyages de L'ƒme (The Journeys of the Soul) contains the quintessence of the group's creative work to date. While Le Secret, the debut EP from 2005, was the key to the world of Alcest, Les Voyages ... unites everything that characterizes Alcest in terms of concept and music. Something that is common to all of the songs is the predominant feeling of euphoria and bliss, always subtly overshadowed by melancholia and yearning. Les Voyages de L'ƒme is a prime example of a wonderful piece of music, breaking all genre boundaries and enthusing fans of many different musical backgrounds.

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By E on Oct. 4 2014
Format: Audio CD
One of my favorite albums of all time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Hopeful Voyage... June 8 2012
By Zadion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"We humans tend to allow the past to destroy our lives. I implore you not to let this happen. It is time to look forward, to rediscover love, and embrace the beauty of life."

This is a quote that comes to my mind when trying to describe the essence of Les Voyages de l'Âme (literal translation: "The Voyages of the Soul"). Alcest has released a brew of controversy by hypercritical metal elitists everywhere by releasing music like this. Black metal has always earned its controversial reception by being dark and sinister (as well as Satanic, but that's irrelevant). Alcest, however, roves about the black metal scene in controversy by doing the very opposite: evoking hope and tranquility, adjectives I'd never thought I'd hear fittingly for any band or project falling under the black metal genre.

So, if I haven't said it yet, I'll say it now: Alcest is an enchanting manifestation of hope and beauty. Every song on Les Voyages de l'Âme is laced with calming melodies, constructed by simple yet powerful riffing and Neige's ethereal voice. What sets this back from doom bands and the ilk is the uplifting atmosphere of the melodies. Other atmospheric bands search for a dark, somber, and haunting feel to impress upon its listeners, but Les Voyages de l'Âme does things far differently. While some songs have a touch of melancholy, they, more often than not, possess a hopeful aura about them. Uniquely to any metal band, I can listen to these songs and forget about the pains and sufferings of my past. I listen to this, and it touches my soul with a will to..."embrace the beauty of life."

What, then, holds this album back? Once the veil of beauty is pierced, the listener is left with little to enjoy. The entire music is constructed around the ethereal soundscapes of Alcest's music, harkening the listener to Neige's "Fairy Land." While this may be enough for some people, it ultimately feels unfinished... as if something is missing. I believe there are three key aspects to music: heart, soul, and thought. Les Voyages de l'Âme contains plenty "heart" and "soul," but something about it seems to neglect on "thought." It is for this reason I believe that Alcest is the perfect example of mood music. Those ethereal soundscapes are certain to whisk away any listener who lets it. And, in the right mood, you too may understand the Fairy Land...

Furthermore, while all the songs are indeed different, there's little deviation to the formula. The music is so beautiful it certainly leaves specific melodies stuck in my head. The problem is that, until I began to really memorize the songs, I was left wondering where those specific melodies came from - because, to be honest, they could've been inserted in any song and it would've worked. To put it simply, the entire album is doing the same thing. Sure, "Faiseurs de Mondes" is a little more abrasive, with the first half or so using black metal screams. Yes, "Là où Naissent les Couleurs Nouvelles" is more "riffy" - the guitar licks really stick, but don't detract from Alcest's beauty. Even so, it all still feels a little too "similar." It doesn't help that "Beings of Light" and "Havens" seem like filler; "Beings of Light" meanders for 6 minutes on same-ish songwriting, double bass, and constant unintelligible chanting, while "Havens" is a fairly generic interlude. They work for what they are, and aren't bad by any means, but they just can't hold up to the rest of the album.

Still, all of that said, I cannot deny one thing: the music Neige portrays here may be a complete coalescing of beauty and serenity in its absolute form. It will not sate a thirst for progressive riffing and complexity, and it will not satisfy a craving for brutality in a portrayal of death and destruction. No, this music is definitely not technical, and it's certainly not brutal... but damn, is it beautiful.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best Meld of Post Rock, Shoegazer, and Metal....ever? March 14 2012
By Kurt Randall Kraemer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alcest has come up with their most varied, atmospheric, and melodious album of their career. Combining melodies that cross boundaries with many genres, Alcest has set the bar high for the balance of the year in the above genres of music even though, it is still early 2012. "Le Voyages de L'ame" is the most amazing thing I've heard in awhile.

"Neige" and company have put together the most incredible soundscape, and aural experience that could be truly best be experienced in a set of "fine" headphones.

This will absolutely transport you to another planet!

Production Values on this are superior; you can actually discern the tracking of acoustic guitars, multiple electric guitars,
and "ripping" lead breaks in every track. Incredible Drum Mix on whole album. Nothing meanders pointlessly, and every track has the proper length for flow and continuity. The Vocals by Neige border on the ethereal, even the multi-tracked harmony and backing vocals. Even though there were fewer Black Metal vocals than past LPs, I am sure that will be forgiven, given the overall experience of taking this all in at one time. Although each track is incredible by itself, the full measure of this masterpiece, begs you to take the full ride from start to finish.
Take the time; its worth the trip and you won't be disappointed you did.

This is Alcest at their best, and possibly their most accessible release. This is a great album to test out your new sound system with, and surely a disc that won't be leaving your rotation anytime soon.

Incredible Stuff, contender for Album of the Year in lots of Genres.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Even better than the last one Jan. 18 2012
By Ian C. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Like many, I discovered Alcest with Ecailes De Lune, then explored their back catalog, Amesoeurs, Lantlos, etc.

As much as I liked EDL, I thought it had a bit too many mood pieces, and wasn't particularlly long.

The new record combines the sound of the three previous Alcest albums, polishes it to a fine sheen and delivers many more 'songs' that EDL. This may become my favorite Alcest album, and there is no filler, no misses on it. The only thing I miss are a few more of the black metal vocals that appeared on EDL, but I can live with it.

Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Black Metal Enya Nov. 19 2013
By King Troll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The above tagline says it all.
It's not long enough for an Amazon review though.
I'll just stand and gaze at my shoes for a bit.

That'll do.

BUY!!!!!
If You're Into Progressive Metal, There Is Much To Enjoy Here Dec 6 2014
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't speak French but that is hardly a barrier when it comes to enjoying Les Voyages de L'ame. While it is still growing on me, I have been nothing but impressed with the musicianship and the overall feel of the music. Being a fan of the softer side of bands like Opeth and Novembers Doom, Alcest was a match made in heaven for me. The guitar tone, the choruses, and the minimal black metal vocals (which add a nice edge to an otherwise fairly laid back album) were all pluses in my eyes. The tempo never picks up to typical, crazy chaotic black metal madness but keeps more of a subtle, Agalloch tempo minus the sometimes overdone whispered growls. Somehow this album is also considered Shoegaze, another genre I have a guilty pleasure for, which just adds another perk to what is easily among the best albums I have heard in a good long while.

If you're into metal but not necessarily into the super intense, blistering, pounding your head in guitars then this album should give you everything you're looking for without any of the extremities that might put you off.

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