After a long and intensive work period at Drudenhaus Studios, ALCEST can finally announce that they have finished the recordings of their sixth studio album. The first long-player to appear under their new label, Nuclear Blast, is titled Spiritual Instinct and will see the light of day on October 25th 2019, leading the band into darker yet still dreamy and spiritually profound soundscapes.
Today, the two French blackgaze pioneers also present the cover artwork, which was once again created in collaboration with Førtifem.
Frontman Neige comments, “ALCEST‘s 6th album is called Spiritual Instinct and will be released on the 25th of October on Nuclear Blast. The recording of Spiritual Instinct has been a long and challenging process, but we feel really proud of it and can’t wait to share our new music with all of you. The artwork has been made by the Parisian duo Førtifem and represents a sphinx, as a reference to the symbolism art movement. The sphinx is the ultimate figure of the enigma, which embodies both the spiritual and feral sides inside us.“ The first single from Spiritual as well as the album pre-order date will be revealed soon.
ALCEST have two UK show dates scheduled in 2019, alongside several EU dates. They will be playing at Damnation Festival, Leeds on November 2nd and have announced today that they will be playing as support to Mono at The Barbican, London on December 14th. The show is set to celebrate Mono‘s 20th anniversary, and Mono will be accompanied by The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra.
29.06. DE Ferropolis – With Full Force
12.07. PL Warsaw – Prog In Park
13.07. FI Joensuu – Ilosaarirock
20.07. DE Weil am Rhein – Baden in Blut
27.07. RO Sibiu – ARTmania Festival
13.09. DE Balve – Prophecy Fest
13.10. ES Barcelona – AMFest
25.09. FR Paris – Red Bull Music Festival, Le Trianon
18.10. NL Leeuwarden – Into the Void
19.10. DE Hameln – Autumn Moon Festival
26.10. FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival
16.11 DE Neunkirchen – Gloomaar Festival
06.12. ES Madrid – Madrid is the Dark
13.12. NL Eindhoven – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
14.12. UK London – Beyond the Past at The Barbican (support to Mono)
Neige – vocals, guitars, bass, synths
Winterhalter – drums