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Post Black Metal / Shoegaze

Posted in Post-Black Metal, Shoegaze by newmusicexcess on February 11, 2010


I was doing a bit of a trawl around Wikipedia the other day and noticed that there are several, of the more progressive, Black Metal bands that have been incorporating elements of Shoegaze into their sound with, what I think are, very good results. Three bands who I picked up on are: Alcest, Amesoeurs and Agalloch. Each of these bands has a very different approach and sound. Here, care of Wikipedia and YouTube, is a quick overview.



Alcest is a musical project born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France (now relocated in Paris where Neige lives). Beginning as a raw black metal act in 1999, Alcest later became a vessel for Neige’s "memories of another world" as the band evolved into his solo-project. While Alcest still retains some black metal roots, the music now draws more comparison to other genres such as shoegaze and post-rock. Neige has stated in interviews that he had not listened to these types of music prior to the recording of Souvenirs d’un autre monde. Alcest is currently under contract with Prophecy Productions for five albums. Though this does not necessarily mean that Neige is required to record these albums, should he decide to do so, they will be released via Prophecy.

Recommended listening – Souvenirs d’Un Autre Monde (2007)


Amesoeurs was a French shoegaze/post-punk/black metal band formed in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France in Summer 2004 by guitarist/vocalist Neige of Alcest fame, and by bassist/singer Audrey Sylvain and guitarist Fursy Teyssier (Phest, Les Discrets) with the purpose of creating a music that reflects the dark side of the industrial era and modern civilization. Neige and Audrey Sylvain are also known for their input as session/live musicians in La sale Famine de Valfunde’s band Peste Noire.

Shortly after Amesoeurs’s formation a few songs were written and the band performed a gig. Soon after, Fursy Teyssier decided to leave the band to go back to his studies. In April 2005, a first 3 track-MCD entitled "Ruines Humaines" was self-recorded. Neige was leaving the depressive Black Metal band Mortifera at the time and he used two tracks (“Bonheur Amputé” and “Ruines Humaines”) he had originally composed for Mortifera for Amesoeurs’s MCD. The MCD was finally released through Northern Silence Productions from Germany in 2006.

In 2007 Fursy joined the band again and drummer Winterhalter (drummer in Peste Noire between 2006 and 2008) was added to the mix for the full-length album "Amesoeurs" released in March 2009 through the Italian label Code 666 records. The first album was recorded during winter 2008-2009 in the Klangschmiede Studio E with Markus Stock from Empyrium fame and it is described by the band as "a kaleidoscopic soundtrack for the modern era". After the release of the full-length, Amesoeurs split up due to personal tensions and conflicting ideas regarding the band’s future.

Recommended listening – Amesoeurs (2009)


Agalloch is an American metal band formed in 1995 in Portland, Oregon. The band is led by vocalist and guitarist John Haughm and so far have released four limited EPs, three full-length albums, two demos, one split album, one compilation album and one live DVD. A fourth full-length album is planned for future release.

Recommended listening – Ashes Against the Grain (2006)

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  1. Pete said, on February 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I adore this kind of music, i recommend checking out Les Discrets.

  2. newmusicexcess said, on February 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Thanks for the recommendation, Pete. I will check it out.

  3. Hugh said, on June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Hey hey

    Another awesome band are Cold Body Radiation, from the netherlands

    Pete is right – Les Discrets is just absolutely beautifull

    • newmusicexcess said, on June 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, I will check them out. Yes, definitely in agreement about Les Discrets.

  4. Johan said, on August 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Check out Lantlôs latest album .Neon too.

  5. Waleed said, on September 17, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Totally agree. These three are absolutely Grade-A material.
    Do check this post-blackmetal/shoegaze project from Pakistan !!
    demo link is available there.

  6. fatih said, on January 20, 2011 at 3:15 am black metal?????? whatever …

  7. the great old ones said, on August 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    another french post-black metal/shoegaze band:
    The Great Old Ones
    you can listen some preprod tracks of our firts album ( record in november)

  8. Jon said, on August 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    You should also take a listen to Wolves in the Throne Room, Altar of Plagues and Cobalt. Cobalt is a but more head first and not as meditative as the others but still good. oranssi pazuzu is another great band and they are pretty creative.

    • newmusicexcess said, on September 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

      I’ve picked up on the first two through articles I have read, but not checked out Cobalt yet.

  9. bleakapnea said, on December 20, 2011 at 3:12 am

    check out this

  10. mayaelegya said, on April 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Reblogged this on Headbang Lover.

  11. Shoegazing attitude said, on May 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    […] De même l’attaque planante de groupe comme Friendly Fires (UK) n’est pas sans rappeler le son du mouvement. Ainsi, par internet, cette musique de geek su se renouveler et irriguer la culture musciale dans toute sa largeur. A tel point que certains groupes de Black métal expérimentent de nos jours un mariage entre shoegaze et double-pédale. […]

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