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jd091
04-07-2012, 02:28 PM
Venue: Reggie's
Bands: Alcest, Clad in Darkness, The End of the Ocean
Source: Me

Finally, a headlining show from Alcest! Great fucking night; they were so awesome. Played for a good hour and 20 minutes, also.

Got there around 6:15 since the website said the show was at 6. In true Reggie's fashion, it didn't start until 7:00. First band, The End of the Ocean (http://futurerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/pacific-atlantic), was a pretty good post-rock band from Columbus. They had this chick on the keyboards who was like, really, really hot. :lol: Great opener for the show; they set the mood perfectly. They played 5 songs; not really sure of the titles but they only have 1 album so far. And between bands, Reggie's was playing shoegaze in the background. Really fitting.

Met with kalfitegrdan in between the bands. Always fun, man. :fist: I think I was the only person at the concert wearing a Cruel Hand hat. :lol: By this time, it really started to get packed. I had no idea Alcest was this popular; they probably gained a lot with the new album. I'd say there were more people there than Enslaved last year, when Alcest opened. It was funny: about 80% of the crowd were greasy metal heads with black metal shirts and long hair, and the rest were either hipsters and completely normal people. :lol: I saw at least 4 couples of regular looking middle aged white couples wearing decent collared shirts and jackets. I talked to this girl on the rail with her boyfriend, COMPLETELY the opposite of a metalhead. Apparently Alcest is getting huge recognition from the shoegaze crowd, expanding out of the metal niche they're lumped into.

The next band, Clad in Darkness, was rather interesting to say the least. :lol: I think they had an identity problem. It reminded me of a pseudo-Alcest that wasn't catchy. They had a vocalist who literally only screamed 3 times throughout the 30 minute set. When not screaming, he was either laying on the floor, or tearing at his hair or some shit. On some serious drugs I'd say. I really wasn't too impressed, honestly. Alcest is bigger for a reason.

Alcest came on next to a great reaction. Reggie's had to be close to selling out. The whole set was excellent. They had a smoke machine going on, and it was dark, so it set the mood great. The performance was great, especially knowing all of the songs and finally seeing them live, but the performance was truly amazing the couple times Neige brought out his screams, especially in Là où Naissent. My highlight of the night. The way the song builds up to the screams is just chillingly perfect. It's rare that I feel a tingle up my spine, like a chill just passed through my whole body like that. My only complaint is that I wish they performed some more screaming songs, maybe Ecailles Part 2 or Faiseurs de Mondes. Still, seeing something as beautiful as Sur l'océan couleur de fer life was incredible. Another complaint that I had is that there were only 3 shirts available, 2 of them just leftovers from the Enslaved tour. And other than the shirts, they just had CD's for sale. No vinyl or anything else. Great performance, though! I was so absorbed in the music for that hour and 20 minutes, much more so than Opeth or Scale the Summit or something comparable. Great night. Oh, and if you're a metalhead, I hate getting whipped in the face by your long shitty hair. Especially during Alcest... it's just not necessary. We're not seeing Municipal Waste or something. Chill the fuck out and experience how relaxing their music is. Anyway. I like how often Alcest switches up their set; I think they just play whatever they feel like at a show. Sur l'ocean + Naissent les Couleurs = my highlights. And Summer's Glory is a great closer. :drool: See this band live.

Alcest Set:

Autre Temps
Les Iris
Là où Naissent les Couleurs Nouvelles
Les Voyages de l'Âme
Printemps Émeraude
Écailles de Lune - Part 1
Sur l'océan couleur de fer
Percées de lumière
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Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Summer's Glory


Thanks for reading!

mankvill
04-07-2012, 02:44 PM
VeOh, and if you're a metalhead, I hate getting whipped in the face by your long shitty hair.

Pussy

jd091
04-07-2012, 03:43 PM
Pussy

People who do that = actually the worst thing ever. They deserve to die.

Dextrimental
04-07-2012, 04:36 PM
People who do that = actually the worst thing ever. They deserve to die.

I've gotten this reaction many times, always funny!

Good review, hope to catch these guys somewhere down the line, such an incredible band!

DementedX14
04-07-2012, 04:51 PM
Wish I could have gone but couldn't afford it. Great review though and I hate getting hit by hair too. :eyes:

mankvill
04-07-2012, 05:17 PM
People who do that = actually the worst thing ever. They deserve to die.

>is a douche who crowd surfs on people
>crying over people having long hair having fun

jd091
04-07-2012, 06:20 PM
>is a douche who crowd surfs on people
>crying over people having long hair having fun

I'm a hypocritical douchebag; deal with it. ;)

MPF
04-07-2012, 06:47 PM
I'm going to ask this on here and on facebook as I have been everytime I see a set....

Why did they drop Faiseurs de Mondes?!?!?!?!?!?!

*I don't expect a real answer, just always severely disappointed*

jd091
04-07-2012, 07:02 PM
I'm going to ask this on here and on facebook as I have been everytime I see a set....

Why did they drop Faiseurs de Mondes?!?!?!?!?!?!

*I don't expect a real answer, just always severely disappointed*

Yeah, I'd love to see that. I'm not complaining, though. Every song they have is great live.


Oh, and I forgot to mention in the review, but their second guitarist had a bunch of feedback randomly during the set. I felt bad for 'em, since it definitely killed the mood a couple times at really soft parts.

MPF
04-07-2012, 07:30 PM
Yeah, I'd love to see that. I'm not complaining, though. Every song they have is great live.


Oh, and I forgot to mention in the review, but their second guitarist had a bunch of feedback randomly during the set. I felt bad for 'em, since it definitely killed the mood a couple times at really soft parts.

I would be as well, and if they hadn't played it in the first show I wouldn't have been disappointed. Now that I know they have and are choosing not to anymore is sad. Since it has EVERYTHING about Alcest in one song, to perfection.

That happened when they opened for Enslaved as well, but only during the first song, so it didn't kill the mood completely. Junius had the most problems during their set with all the reverb they used. Feedback City.

PowerMaiden
04-07-2012, 07:42 PM
I gotta get into this band so far eveything I heard from them is great , blame it on Iron Maiden


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

bobbie solo
04-07-2012, 08:56 PM
they are def. getting very popular. they seemed taken aback by the very very positive crowd reaction at their Brooklyn show a week ago.

great band, and seem like great dudes. very happy for their success. cool to see their growth from metal to something more. it's been pretty seemless, not insulting their metal head base, and makes sense.

kalfitegrdan
04-07-2012, 10:58 PM
They had this chick on the keyboards who was like, really, really hot. :lol:

Glad I wasn't the only one thinking that. :lol:

It was cool hanging out with you there. :fist: I, like MPF, was really hoping for Faiseurs de Mondes, but I mean their set was so mesmerizingly amazing that I can't complain too much.

And despite me having long hair, I do feel ya on the hair whipping thing. I don't usually headbang like that at shows because I don't like being that guy.

jd091
04-07-2012, 11:25 PM
Naw, It's just annoying when guy with long hair just disregard people around them with the whipping. At least try and back up and give people room.

VoidFlame
04-08-2012, 05:05 AM
Naw, It's just annoying when guy with long hair just disregard people around them with the whipping. At least try and back up and give people room.

Yeah, when I had longer hair, I never "windmilled" when I wasn't in first row or when I had space around me.

Other than that, this sounds like an incredible time. The short set with Enslaved wasn't enough, I hope they come back here sometime...

Rocco44
04-08-2012, 01:55 PM
Damn I can't wait for this show.

It's lame they aren't selling any vinyl but it would probably sell out on the first few dates anyways. Prophecy seems to only do 500 copy presses that sell out rather quickly. It would have been nice if they did a tour only edition or something but oh well. Hopefully they ship my copy early so I can get it signed by Neige.