Music: A double dose of darkness from Alcest and Junius
We posted an amazing new song from Katatonia yesterday. Now you can hear (and watch the videos to) tracks from the two bands who will be supporting the Swedes on tour later this year: France’s Alcest and Boston’s Junius.
Tracks: Alcest – Autre Temps / Junius – Betray The Grave
File under: pushing the boundaries of rock and metal further than ever before
Autre Temps is a track from Alcest’s third album Les Voyages De L’Âme. Don’t be put off by the French lyrics and just enjoy this giant-sounding, hypnotic piece of work. The accompanying video is sensational, too.
The song’s (translated) lyrics reflect on the sadness of growing older: ‘The golden leaves dying on the ground/Will be reborn under bright skies/As this weatherworn world remains the same/And tomorrow, you and I will be gone.’ The video interprets those words perfectly.
Junius, meanwhile, describe their style of music as ‘metalgaze’. Taken from their recently released album Reports From The Threshold Of Death, Betray The Grave is another stunner: funereal and thunderous, but also surprisingly mellow in parts. Again, the video is mesmerising.
Alcest and Junius support Katatonia on the following dates:
10/12/12 – London, Islington Academy
11/12/12 – Manchester, Academy 3
12/12/12 – Glasgow, Cathouse
13/12/12 – Belfast, The Limelight
14/12/12 – Dublin, Button Factory
15/12/12 – Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
17/12/12 – Newcastle, Academy 2
18/12/12 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
19/12/12 – Southampton, Talking Heads
20/12/12 – Bristol, Fleece