Genre: Post Metal
Country: France
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year: 2019

The Niege-Winterhalter duo has treated us for almost twenty years with compact, enchanting compositions in the light of the French aesthetic and the post black metal charm. Three years after “Kodama”, they returned to the music business with “Spiritual Instinct”, where they make a return to their roots, whether this was on purpose or not. The album, throughout its’ length, carries strong odors from their spiritual brothers, Harakiri For the Sky, as well as other related groups like Agalloch, Woods of Ypres and Ulver, but technically there is a technique that goes back to the early works of Paradise Lost, mainly in “Shades of God”, Draconian in “Sovran” but also why not Anathema in their twilight dawn. As a whole, it is definitely an excellent addition to their discography, not necessarily meaning that this is their best album to date. Although the influences from “Souvenirs d’un autre monde” and “Écailles de Lune” are very strong, “Spiritual Instinct” could be commented as relatively uninspiring, without compromising its quality at all. The bar of this genre remains high with new items being added each time from every band around. Alcest manage with every single of their records, to bring their influences to their own measurements, but this may become tiring at some point, as happened with Equilibrium this year. It surely passes the exam but the future is unknown.

3,5/6