When considering progressive metalcore as a sub-genre, there is a specific quality to the sound. Those who produce music in this form tend to be in favour of something that’s more technical, experimental and djenty. Whether you’re a fan of this style or not you can, at the very least, appreciate how it attempts to push the boundaries. While the debut album from France-based Novelists exemplifies this is many ways, their new sophomore release, ‘Noir‘, falls flat by comparison. When considering this new LP in its entirety, Novelists have produced something that’s a solid effort and shows some innovative elements. Yet, you can’t help but notice such a close distinction between the band’s two albums, as they feature such striking similarities.
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