I'm not a metal fan by any means, but I gave that a shot and thought it was excellent. Definitely been trying to get into metal so some more recs would be great.
what aspects of metal do you usually enjoy? or more specifically what did you like about the alcest record? the riffs? the atmosphere? the 'clean' vocals? the production?
Atmosphere for sure. The thing is, I've never given metal a chance in the past because I couldn't stand the vocals and the stuff with clean vocals I thought was cheesy/I'd already tired it out in my youth. Recently I've tried to look past all that and have been listening to Mastadon, Opeth, Electric Wizard and they're all pretty incredible. So it's not like I'm enjoying specific parts metal now, I just have no basis for any extreme metal (or any metal that isnt Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera etc).
I'm a big dream pop/shoegaze fan so for me that Alcest album had a lot of elements of those genres that I love. I'm sure if I gave that album to some of my friends (who despise metal), they would probably enjoy it to some degree, as long as they didn't do research or I told them it was metal.