So, shoegaze black metal huh? Not a joke, heathens. Step into my alcove of sonic bliss for something that has been very dear to me for some time now: Neige's (Amesoeurs, Forgotten Woods, Peste Noire) solo project, Alcest. Alcest were a black metal band; now they are not. The slightly nostalgic tones of Le Secret have bloomed into some sort of wistful post-punk sound that, to be honest, is a bit soft. Musically, aside from the vocals (both done by Neige, even though it sounds like a chick's on the first track), this could almost be My Bloody Valentine. If they listened to Darkthrone. Anyway, this is the finest release by this guy, and though I kinda wish he'd refer to this sound in the future, it seems less likely than Varg teaching the metal world a lesson with his next release (if that ever even happens).