Alcest at The Opera House – Toronto Live Review
Where: The Opera House
When: September 18, 2013
Total Score: 9/10[starreviewmulti id=3 tpl=20]
Crowd: The Opera House was fairly packed with all sorts of people. There were metalheads, older rocker types, regular couples and even some club-goers. I have to note that metal shows goers in Toronto are predominantly white, and it was surprising and heart-warming to see people of many different nationalities gathered under The Opera House’s roof.
Style: Shoegaze with a sprinkle of black metal here and there.
Memorable Song/Moment: “Autre Temps” was a perfect opener for the set and got the crowd all curious. The light mimicked the atmosphere of the music to give a full effect of submerging into the sound. Fan favourites like “Les voyages de l’Ã¢me”, “Souvenirs d’un autre monde” got the crowd glued to the stage. While “PercÃ©es de lumiÃ¨reÂ ” got the heads bopping, and even woke up some unimpressed folks. And when the disco ball started to shine at the end of the set, illuminating the drummer, while the rest of the band was submerged in darkness, was other-wordly. I might even use the word “magical”.
Sex Appeal/Image: Four gorgeous French men with luscious long hair, singing slow beautiful songs. Â It’s a little odd that they didn’t walk out of the venue with an army of drooling girls.
Comments: After the set, people seemed to be divided into two camps. On one side there were those who thought Alcest were boring, and they expected more from them (more black metal, maybe?). On the other, there were people completely mesmerized by their performance, there were even some who had the urge to sing along without knowing any French.
Review By: Raya P. Morrison
Photos by: Jason Hodgins