NOV­EL­ISTS

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Noir

NU­CLEAR BLAST French tech-met­allers not yet ready to pay off all their debts Nov­el­ists made enough of an im­pact within the tech scene to ink a deal with Nu­clear Blast for their sec­ond full-length, so some­one sees some­thing in them that makes them stand out from a pack that’s get­ting more uni­form ev­ery year. Pin­point­ing what that is proves tricky at times on Noir, with many of the shim­mer­ing melodic pas­sages turn­ing into jud­der­ing break­downs in frus­trat­ingly fa­mil­iar cir­cum­stances. But while it’d be easy to beat the Parisians down for what they don’t do, they should be ap­plauded for do­ing what they do very well. Songs like Monochrome may trade on pre­dictable build-and­boom dy­nam­ics, but when they swell to such a glo­ri­ous pay­off it’s hard to ar­gue against. It’s also hard to shake the feel­ing that Nov­el­ists could be any num­ber of bands from their scene, but at least they’re a ca­pa­ble one.

FOR FANS OF: Tesser­act, North­lane, Tex­tures

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