NOVELISTS – Souvenirs
France is a hot bed for this amalgamation of technical prowess and heavier, progressive sound that incorporates modern djent, technology, and groove portions to create some intriguing stylistic fusions. Novelists is another band that use off-time, low end djent and screaming/rapping meets clean vocal elements to take Gojira, Linkin Park, and Periphery to another level of modern insanity on their debut album "Souvenirs". Not always full bore on the distortion department, softer nuances give "Earth Graver" and "Echoes" an ear reprieve to prepare for the next aural assault.
Versatility notwithstanding, overall the 12 tracks possess more appeal for the 13-25 age demographic than the older, conventional metalheads – so as such Novelists can certain play, but their monotonous screams and low end gain sounds get tiresome quickly. "Souvenirs" is angry, emotional, and a record that could gain occasional spins, but won’t be in consistent rotation.