Novelists – Souvenirs

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Most modern metalcore music comes from the US, which is not surprising as the genre was formed in the States. The UK has also recently upped its metalcore offerings, with the likes of While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow and Architects dominating the airwaves. One country that is not particularly well-known for its metalcore scene is France, but Paris-based quintet Novelists are hoping to change this with their debut album Souvenirs (Arising Empires). They have been teasing their ever-growing fanbase with a variety of singles since 2013, but their newest release should satisfy both pre-existing fans and newcomers alike.

In a genre which is infamous for its unoriginality bands need to ensure that the first track resonates with both pre-existing fans and newcomers, and that is exactly what Novelists have achieved with ‘Inanimate’. The haunting piano melody fused with the almost djent-like riffs creates a distinctive yet engaging sound which certainly makes an impact. Although the song itself is only two minutes long it is hard to ignore the powerful technical guitar work, never mind Matt Gelsomino’s harrowing vocals.

The progressive nature of their songs definitely takes their sound to the next level. The ever-changing tempo of each song is anything but unorganised; instead it adds to the excitement as you are unsure of exactly where each track is heading. In a genre full of predictable riff-chorus-riff, it is genuinely exhilarating to hear such a fresh take on metal music as a whole.

Despite the heavy nature of the majority of Souvenirs, Matt and co. are able to show their softer side in the ambient-sounding track ‘5:12AM’. Versatility is a handy trait to possess in the music industry, and it is clear that Novelists are not afraid to try something different.

Novelists have managed to take the best parts from genres across the metal spectrum and fuse them together to create their own signature style: heavy breakdowns, eerie melodies, hardcore-esque vocals, synth beats and technical guitar riffs.

 

7.0/10

 

JULIA CONOPO

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On The Road… with The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs

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The Story So Far is on the road supporting their brand new album The Story So Far (Pure Noise). Playing with a stacked line-up, the tour has been playing to packed houses every night. Four Year Strong, practically a local band on this bill from nearby Woostah Mass (Worcester if you are sans accent), also is about to drop a new self-titled album from Pure Noise records. This makes for a very good time for pop-punk fan and the impressive indie label. Next on the bill is Terror, who might seem out of place, fit right in. Few do it better than these SoCal vets who are still supporting 2013’s Live By The Code (Victory). When the band gets off the road, they will continue working on the follow-up due later this year. Souvenirs set the table in style to kick the entire show off. Shot here by Meg Loyal Photography at the House of Blues Boston, The Story So Far are just opening the book on this new chapter of the band.

The Story So Far, by Meg Loyal

The Story So Far, by Meg Loyal Photography

The Story So Far, by Meg Loyal Photography

The Story So Far, by Meg Loyal Photography

The Story So Far, by Meg Loyal Photography

The Story So Far, by Meg Loyal Photography

Four Year Strong, by Meg Loyal Photography

Four Year Strong, by Meg Loyal Photography

Four Year Strong, by Meg Loyal Photography

Four Year Strong, by Meg Loyal Photography

Terror, by Meg Loyal Photography

Terror, by Meg Loyal Photography

Terror, by Meg Loyal Photography

Terror, by Meg Loyal Photography

Souvenirs, by Meg Loyal Photography

Souvenirs, by Meg Loyal Photography

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