Wednesday, October 8 2014
From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.
Thursday, January 9 2014
As the record release schedule wakes up from its year-end hibernation, so too does "Listening Ahead" to cover a strong slate of eagerly anticipated early 2014 albums.
Thursday, December 6 2012
There's no doubt 2012 has been another great year for metal, with releases from veteran road dogs and fresh young bands alike providing endless roaring highs and churning, filth-ridden lows.
Sunday, December 16 2007
This is the best year for metal music we've seen in a very long time. Like other watershed years, such as 1983, 1984, and 1991, it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time, and 2007 was no exception, unleashing a wave of superb releases from January straight through November.
Thursday, December 23 2010
In the end, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making this the best year for new music the genre has seen in a very long time.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
Alcest have removed all remaining ties to black metal -- and metal in general -- and fully embraced their love for shoegaze/post-rock in what can only be defined as a love letter to both ‘90s movements.
Wednesday, January 25 2012
Alcest's most accessible work to date doesn't sacrifice the brilliant musicianship that the band has demonstrated over their past two recordings. In fact, Les Voyages De L'Âme is equally as powerful as those albums.
Monday, May 10 2010
Stéphane Paut comes closer than ever to perfecting his gorgeous mix of shoegaze and metal on Alcest's second album.
Tuesday, November 27 2007
The first full-length from French artist Neige alternates dreamy interludes and withering blasts of sound. Like recent Jesu, this is a shoe-gazing, post-rocking take on metal ... if it is metal at all.