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The french post-black metal band ALCEST will release their fifth full-length album "Kodama" on September 30, 2016 via PROPHECY Productions.

"Kodama" is the Japanese word for both "tree spirit" and "echo". The artwork has been done by the French duo Førtifem.

Alcest's last album was the more dream-pop oriented "Shelter", released in 2014.

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Track list:


- Kodama
- Eclosion
- Je suis d’ailleurs
- Untouched
- Oiseaux de proie
- Onyx

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Alcest's new album "Kodama" draws inspiration from Japan; goes back to a more "ferocious" sound.


According to PROPHECY Productions "Kodama" pre-order details, "the fifth album from Blackgaze pioneers, Alcest, marks the French duo's ferocious return to the stylistic maximalism of its early albums while continuing the band's relentless pursuit for new sounds and fresh ideas.

'Kodama' is the Japanese word for 'tree spirit' and 'echo' and from the album's structure and dynamics to its cinematic sound, 'Kodama' indeed 'echoes' Alcest's 2010 classic, 'Écailles De Lune'. But this is no simple back-to-the-roots album: the band has more punch, rhythm and organic feel than ever before. While clearly influenced by bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Dinosaur Jr, Grimes and The Cure, 'Kodama' ultimately reveals itself as Alcest's 'Japanese album', drawing substantial inspiration from Japanese art and culture.

Originally triggered by Hayao Miyazaki's anime film 'Princess Mononoke', 'Kodama' picks up on the fate of its protagonist and, at its core, deals with the sensation of not belonging; of living in between worlds, be it city and nature or the physical and spiritual one. Duality is also crucial for the visual approach of the album, realized by French graphic designer duo Førtifem. Paying tribute to Japanese illustrators like Takato Yamamoto, the visuals portray contrasting elements like nature/urbanity, youth/death, femininity/animality and combine poetic elements with darker ones that were not present in Alcest's earlier works.

By giving the album a cultural, stylistic and compositional narrative, Neige and Winterhalter keep 'Kodama' from just being the latest improvement on the Alcest sound and instead make the album a most rare and exciting thing: a vital, relevant record from a pioneer that not only upholds the band's trailblazing legacy but actually makes you want to see where they go next."

After the cleaner, more dream-pop oriented "Shelter" (2014) , not so well received as the the debut "Souvenirs d'un autre monde" from 2007 and the 2010 sophomore album "Écailles de Lune", which were really influential to the 'blackgaze' scene, Alcest's new metamorphosis "Kodama" promises to be more like the latter.

Alcest is currently on tour so expect the band to premiere some of the new songs soon live or online!

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Oiseaux de Proie

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"Kodama is way more personal than Shelter. We are proud of it, but I think it was maybe a bit too influenced by other things. I really was obsessed with Slowdive at that time."

- Neige
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Je Suis D'ailleurs

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