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Alcest is a French shoegazing (formerly black metal) band/musical project born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France, founded and leaded by Neige (Stéphane Paut). It began in 2000 as a black metal solo project by Neige, soon a trio, but following the release of their first demo in 2001, Aegnor and Argoth left the band, leaving Neige as the sole member.

This marked a change in style, as Alcest's subsequent releases have more often been described as shoegazing mixing numerous rock and metal influences, including black metal and post-metal. In 2009 Winterhalter from Les Discrets joined Alcest as drummer, after eight years with Neige as the sole full time member. Since its creation, Alcest has released three studio albums.