|Genres||Shoegazing, post-punk, post-black metal|
|Labels||Code 666, Profound Lore|
|Associated acts||Alcest, Les Discrets, Peste Noire, Empyrium|
Amesoeurs was a French post-punk/post-black metal band. A side project of Neige of Alcest, the group was formed in the summer of 2004 in Bagnols-sur-Cèze with the purpose of creating music that "reflects the dark side of the industrial era and modern civilization".
Teyssier initially left the band shortly after its creation, but returned in 2008, while Winterhalter, who would go on to join both Alcest and Les Discrets, joined in 2007. They disbanded in 2009.
Shortly after Amesoeurs's formation a few songs were written and the band performed a gig. Soon after, Fursy Teyssier decided to leave the band to go back to his studies. In April 2005, a first 3 track-MCD entitled Ruines Humaines was self-recorded. Neige was leaving the Black Metal band Mortifera at the time and he used two tracks ("Bonheur Amputé" and "Ruines Humaines") he had originally composed for Mortifera for Amesoeurs's MCD. The MCD was finally released through Northern Silence Productions from Germany in 2006.
In 2007 Fursy joined the band again and drummer Winterhalter (drummer in Peste Noire between 2006 and 2008) was added to the mix for the full-length album Amesoeurs, released in March 2009 through the Italian label Code 666 records. The first album was recorded during winter 2008-2009 in the Klangschmiede Studio E with Markus Stock from Empyrium, and it is described by the band as "a kaleidoscopic soundtrack for the modern era". Pitchfork gave the album a 7, calling it a "journal of triumph and heartbreak" and "a fervid last gasp of genre-melding creativity". Allmusic writer Ned Raggett gave it a 3-star rating, stating "the most notable thing about Amesoeurs is how little of a unique identity it has in the end. Nearly every notable trend in recent French metal seems to crop up throughout, not to mention other sounds from elsewhere in Europe". Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! stated that the album "furthers black metal's scope while ruffling a few feathers along the way".
After the release of the album, Amesoeurs split up due to what the band described as "internal conflicts and different points of view regarding the band's future". Teyssier and Winterhalter went on to form Les Discrets, while Neige's focus returned to Alcest.
- Neige – screamed vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizer (2004–2009), drums (2004–2007)
- Audrey Sylvain – lead vocals, bass, piano (2004–2009)
- Fursy Teyssier – guitars, bass (2004, 2008–2009)
- Winterhalter – drums (2007–2009)
- Lee, Cosmo (2009) "Amesoeurs Amesoeurs", Pitchfork, 29 May 2009. Retrieved 24 July 20209
- Begrand, Adrien (2009) "The Bleak, Beautiful Art of Amesoeurs", PopMatters, 19 May 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2020
- Raggett, Ned "Amesoeurs Amesoeurs", Allmusic. Retrieved 24 July 2020
- Lindsay, Cam (2009) "Amesoeurs Amesoeurs", Exclaim!, 24 May 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2020