23:08 - Erik M. When ignoring prices, yes. But all the earbuds I bought were relatively cheap (20-40 euros), with the in-earbuds being the worst of them all without a doubt, as far as sound quality goes.
23:06 - Zaphod I disagree, my speakers beat my headphones any day, although I have no idea how expensive my speakers are/were since I got them second hand. And for free.
23:06 - !J.O.O.E.! I find that hard to believe seeing as earbuds are the most common thing given away with cheap mp3 players etc. The fact they're the cheapest option and that there are a few mega-pricey in-ear ones makes me think they're better.
23:04 - Erik M. Joe, in my experience you're wrong about in-ear buds being superior to earbuds. The rest I agree with though. My speakers are also great, but then again it's hard to state a thing like that simply because they sound great to me...
23:03 - !J.O.O.E.! Zaph what I meant to say is that to beat a pricey, quality pair of headphones with speakers you'd need to spend thousands on a hi-fi system. So really headphones are the best option.
23:01 - !J.O.O.E.! I think in quality terms it's generally speakers > headphones (probably open back > closed back) > in-ear headphones > earbuds. Apparently though you would need to spend thousands on speakers to beat a £300 pair of headphones.
23:01 - Zaphod Yeah, too bad I can't use my awesome speakers at night. Or on the bus. Believe me, I've tried.
Additional info All music composed by Neige except "Abysses", composed/performed by Fursy Teyssier.
All lyrics written by Neige except "Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer", written by Paul-Jean Toulet.
Recorded by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E, mixed/mastered by Neb Xort at Drudenhaus Studio during summer 2009 except "Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer", recorded by Neige.
Cover art by Fursy Teyssier (www.lesdiscrets.com).
Layout by Metastazis.com
Produced by MK for Prophecy Productions.
Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde was something quite new. Its combination of Black metal and Shoegaze, occasionally referred to as 'metalgaze', revealed that even metalheads occasionally dig warm, subtle music conceptually revolving around a wonderland or fairyland, where the bunnies hop through gently sloped meadows and spring is everlasting and more wonderfully jolly things. Who knows, maybe we're not as inevitably hell-bound as we think we are.
Imagine yourself lying on the bare ground of a desolated beach, gazing at the majesty of the full moon. Now close your eyes and focus on the sound of the nearby forest and sea. Wait for the high tide to wrap your body in a blanket of warmth and blissfulness. Listen to the call of the spirits of the night; follow them into the deep sea. Finally allow the hypnotic waters to consume your mortal life and embrace the splendor of Fairyland. This is the basic essence of Écailles de Lune.
Call me melodramatic, but this album has gotten me through some tough times the last 2 weeks. Wonderful music in times of joy or sorrow. Écailles De Lune Pt. I has the most beautiful and melancholy atmosphere I have ever heard in a song.
That is precisely what makes this such a great album - it has the ability to kick you when you're down or lift you higher when you're up. Neige has quite the talent for identifying with his listener's emotions.
Dark feelings,cold,emotinal,melodic,great shrieking vocals
one oft he best
Kenos - 05.08.2011 at 20:05
First three tracks: pure perfection. "Écailles De Lune (I - II)" always leaves me speechless, probably the most complete Alcest's song and one of the best things I've ever heard in metal music.
Second half of the album: a bit less consistent, with "Abysses" as a filler, "Solar Song" as a "Souvenirs"'s rehashing and finally a great, enchanting acoustic ballad.
Amazing album, really, but I only wish it was longer: after the first half it loses a bit of its intensity and seems to finish too soon ... And I eagerly want MORE.
Now I only have to wait for "Les Voyages De L'âme".