France’s ALCEST were founded in the year 2000 and almost single-handedly created the „blackgaze“ genre. Combining elements of black metal and shoegaze was something that had never truly been done before, and they have developed this sound from 2005’s ‚Le Secret‘ on to 2014’s ‚Shelter‘. The band are now finishing their latest album, to be released prior to this tour.
Japan’s MONO formed in 1999, creating a unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements with shoegaze guitar noise. Over nine successful albums, including a live album with the New York orchestra, they have become synonymous with the sweeping majesty associated with instrumental rock and have become highly respected around the world. The band have finished recording their new album with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, ready to release before the tour.