Alcest来自法国，成立于2000年，由乐队主脑、主唱兼吉他手 Neige 和 手 Winterhalter 组成。他们的音乐集诗意与黑暗为一体， 常常被贴上 black metal、shoegaze或Blackgaze（自赏黑）的标签, 更被视为这些领域的翘楚。国内乐迷更创造了一个独特的词语——“Romantic Black Metal ”（浪漫主义黑金），用来形容Alcest 的音乐。
从2005年推出令人惊艳的首张EP Le Secret 开始，Alcest陆续推出了 “Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde” (2007), “Écailles De Lune” (2010) and “Les Voyages De L'Ame” (2012). “Shelter”（2014）等多张经典之作。 Alcest的音乐仿佛来自另外一个世界，一个真实却超越我们存在，无法被感官感知的奇妙世界。一个没有痛苦、疾病、悲伤，只有深深的平静和难以言喻的极乐世界。
New Noise couldn’t be more excited to invite French blackgazers Alcest back to China to present their new masterpiece ”Kodama”. Alcest has been widely praised for innovating metal music by adding translucent acoustic guitars, sky-shaking thunderheads of distortion, and tender, wispy harmonies. Their upcoming fifth album by Alcest marks the French duo's ferocious return to the epic and contrasted style of its early works while continuing the band's relentless pursuit for fresh ideas. Combining poetic elements with darker ones, that were not present in Alcest’s earlier works, “Kodama” manifests as an intense album, featuring a more organic, punchy sound and showcasing impulses from an array of different places.
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, the physical and spiritual one.
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 front runner that not only upholds the band's trailblazing legacy, but actually makes you want to see where they go next. This artfully crafted album brings back the band's darker mystique from their earlier work. It is cinematic in its execution and wildly imaginative throughout its entirety.
Over the years, Alcest influenced a lot of other artists and gained a significant popularity around the world, leading them to do sold out tours all over Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. This time Alcest will return to China and play 8 cities across the whole country to show that their music is from another world, a world that is real, but that exists beyond ours and cannot be grasped by our senses. A world where the soul knows neither pain nor sickness nor sorrow, but is filled with a deep peace and an ineffable bliss:
ALCEST CHINA TOUR 2017
APRIL 12: CHENGDU LITTLE BAR SPACE
APRIL 13: CHONGQING NUTS
APRIL 14: SHANGHAI MAO LIVEHOUSE
APRIL 15: BEIJING YUGONG YISHAN
APRIL 16: WUHAN VOX
APRIL 17: GUANGZHOU FEI LIVEHOUSE
APRIL 18: SHENZHEN B10 LIVE