January saw the release of Alcest’s latest album, Shelter. Even though I myself am not a big fan of this particular offering from the…
Hellbound Metal: “The result is an album which is admirable in its aesthetic approach, but nonetheless disappointingly mundane in its musical execution.”
Without taking Les Discrets’ sound to a more adventurous place, Ariettes Oubliées… unfortunately ends up sounding like an adequate but less inspired version of the band’s debut.
Where Distant Spirits Remain is not the strongest release of its ilk this year, but overall it’s a good debut that shows much future potential and talent. The biggest issues found here (vocals that don’t always fit in as well as tendencies toward being long-winded) are hazards of the band’s chosen style, and both are issues that could very well be addressed by the next release.