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  • Channel Hop: Alcest jumped from their long-time label Prophecy Productions to Nuclear Blast in 2019 surprisingly enough, much to the shock of everyone.
  • Creator Backlash: While Neige still loves the work he did for the Le Secret EP back in 2005, he was not amused when reviewers began to feel the music was "dark", since that wasn't his intention. He ended up blaming the raw production he used, and this is actually one of the reasons he re-recorded the EP in 2011. The clearer production may have made it more apparent that the screams on "Élévation" are intended to be screams of ecstasy.
    • As seen below, his time in Peste Noire is this as well.
  • Creator's Favorite: Neige has freely admitted with "Sur l'océan couleur de fer" being his favorite Alcest song.
  • Creator Breakdown: Following the 2015 terrorist attack that killed 90 people at a concert at the Bataclan in Paris, Neige evidently underwent a bit of one, which is a major reason Kodama is darker than Shelter.
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  • Follow the Leader: They almost single-handedly created the genre of blackgaze, which has since become one of the more popular black metal subgenres. Bands such as Deafheaven and Harakiri for the Sky all take very noticeable influence from them.
  • He Also Did: Neige and Winterhalter both appear on numerous Peste Noire releases, which may seem strange considering how radically different that band sounds compared to Alcest and Amesoeurs. note  Neige also provided vocals for Lantlôs for a while (performing from the album .neon to Agape), and put in a guest appearance on Deafheaven's Sunbather, reading a passage from the novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being on the song "Please Remember."
  • Old Shame: Tristesse hivernale. Case and point: A fan once recounted a story where he showed Neige two old Alcest pieces: The original EP of Le secret, which Neige showed extensive happiness and surprise of. Then he showed him the Tristesse hivernale demo and Neige basically cringed.
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    • Neige also regrets his time being in Peste Noire (and its predecessor Dor Daedeloth) due to his growing disdain towards Famine's questionable beliefs, admitting he was a misguided teenager and only being part of it (and other bands such as Mortifera) to make a name of himself; he's stated that he opposes racism and Nazism and has barely shown any political view, although Alcest as a band joined the #blackouttuesday to protest against police brutality in the US. note . Following his departure from Peste Noire, the two even took pint shots at one another when Famine mocked Alcest's music as "fairy music" and Neige himself called Famine an "idiot".
  • The Pete Best: Famine, Neige's bandmate in Peste Noire, who played guitars on the band's first demo before leaving after sharply disagreeing with the Lighter and Softer direction Neige wanted to take the project in.
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    • It should be noted that Famine is still pretty well known in metal circles for Peste Noire. He's only The Pete Best for Alcest specifically; his tenure in the band is often forgotten, and the one demo he appears on is Alcest's most obscure recording by far.
  • Reclusive Artist: Neige is a fairly private person, and has mentioned little about his personal life in interviews. He does maintain an active presence on the band's Facebook page, however.
    • Oddly enough, in an interview regarding Kodama, Neige mentions his spirituality regarding nature. He also talks about how his family supports his career as a musician, as does Winterhalter's.
  • What Could Have Been: Many things about Écailles de lune in the album's tenth anniversary release: Notably, "Percées de Lumière" was intended to be an Amesoeurs song before Neige remade the song fitted for Alcest. The album was also intended to end with "Abysses", however Neige scrapped that idea. It was for the best as he decided on fitting the album closer with "Sur l'océan couleur de fer".

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