I found this great black-gaze (a hybrid of black metal elements mixed in with shoegaze) band called Alcest about a year ago.  And I have to say they are phenomenal.  Their music is magical, atmospheric, dark, and beautiful.  From Neige’s angelic harmonies to the ethereal open chords of the guitar echoing from some other world, this music will inspire you.  I love the fact that they sing all of their songs in French, which perfectly compliments their sound and that they stick to their roots rather than singing in English in order to cater to only English speaking Americans.  Check them out and spread the word!

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