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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the French black metal/shoegaze duo of Neige and Winterhalter was produced by Benoît Roux.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Alcest don't pursue darkness or dwell in it; they understand it as a part of the unbearable light that holds everything in its embrace. The end of the journey on Spiritual Instinct, while deeply satisfying, signals yet another beginning.
  2. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    What’s emerged is an exploration: of the heavenly and the primal, the savage and the beautiful, the ultimate mystery of what it actually is to be human.
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Alcest have undoubtedly crafted one of their most unified and significant sequences to date. Like its predecessors, it takes some time to peel back all of the layers; once you do, though, you'll find it to be superbly capricious, self-assured, and meaningful.
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    70
    The tracks on Spiritual Instinct feel somewhat monotonous, comparatively, since Alcest rarely pull back the reins to accentuate the diversity of their (typically) expansive sound.
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  1. Oct 28, 2019
    10
    This is Alcests most organically cohesive and musically dense release yet with an emphasis on melodic exploration, showcasing the spiritualThis is Alcests most organically cohesive and musically dense release yet with an emphasis on melodic exploration, showcasing the spiritual struggle in a harsh world. Also the percussion on these tracks is incredible. Expand