Alcest, Milanku at Theater Fairmount (2018)
Theater Fairmount (Montreal, Canada)
October 25, 2018
An excellent match between the opening band and ALCEST.
There was only one opening act and we were offered a local band that's been active for a little more than ten years, MILANKU. They play a great mix of influences including, Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal, Post-Rock. They are very talented and immersive. Their music is emotionally driven, a reflection, Powered-up with great energy, vocals only when necessary, they can build up an entire mountain of sound, carefully evolving into a volcano. They got amazing songwriting skills. Listening to MILANKU will get you hooked. Since their songs are not standard in length (don't have any problem with that), they couldn't play that many songs, but each one was worth it. They sing in French, but even if you don't know French, you'll feel what the song is about. Music tells everything. Vocals may be compared to ISIS, Neurosis etc.
MILANKU Setlist: 1-On s'épuise 2-Hypomanie 3-Densité du réel 4- La chute
Playing with ALCEST was an excellent opportunity for them to gain newer fans and a solid exposure. Their set was flawless and the crowd was charmed. They had them in their hands. They released a brand new full-length album on December 1st in Montreal and in Quebec City on December 8th. I wish them the best! ALCEST was expected and people were impatient to see them again. Last time was at the foufounes électriques in January 2017. They did as promised and played "Kodama" except for the last song called "Notre Sang et nos Penées". (Meaning Our blood and our thoughts). After that they played "Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde", "Percées de Lumière", "Autre Temps" and "Là ou Naissent les Couleurs Nouvelles". After a few minutes of clapping hands and yelling loud we had the chance to hear them again for an encore with the song "Deliverance", which completed the circle and made everyone happy. The atmosphere and the energy was overwhelming. People were happy as hell and kind of looked soothed while displaying faces of satisfaction. I met a woman with her 8 years old kid attending the show and we met Neige aka Stéphane (vocals) after the show for a generous chat. We shared stories and had a good time. It was an amazing concert, great for meeting new people and sharing our beloved passion: MUSIC!
Je suis d'ailleurs
Oiseaux de proie
Souvenirs dans un autre monde
Percées de lumière
Là ou naissent les couleurs nouvelles