Novelists FR – C’est La Vie Review

Novelists (FR) have been mainstays in the progressive metalcore genre for half a decade, rising to fame with previous albums Noir and Souvenirs. With complex guitar riffs and focused instrumentals overlaying thought-out lyrics, the band can be likened to similar giants like Northlane and Intervals.

C’est La Vie shows Novelists FR return to form with nine well-constructed, adequate tracks. The first three tracks are pretty standard for the band, with a nice touch being Matt Gelsomino  rapping a bit to kick off “Lilly”. Things pick up with the brilliantly-heavy “Modern Slave”, a definite standout track on the album.

What Novelists does well is blending a bit of heavy with meaningful, meticulous verses/bridges. The title track does this, with a catchy hook accompanying some intrinsic vocabulary, plus some female vocals in the background. I’m not typically a fan of fade-outs, but “C’est La Vie” has a tasteful one to cement the soft tones of the track, juxtaposing the in-your-face sound of the previous song.

Prioritizing melody and maintaining a healthy mix of clean and unclean vocals works in Novelists FR favor, as heavy songs hit hard while softer songs are just as enjoyable. “Kings of Ignorance” brings strong verses backed up with a catchy chorus. “Rain” beings to close out the album with a somber tune, and “Human Condition” wraps things up; I prefer the final tracks of albums to have some closure, but this great song will suffice.

All in all, C’est La Vie is a fantastic listen, and is proof that Novelists FR hasn’t lost a beat in the 2 years since Noir. The band has been touring with names like Being As An Ocean, Make Them Suffer, and Like Moths to Flames. Here’s hoping they get their headliner in 2020, as it is well-deserved with their established discography to this point.

***A Review copy of C’est La Vie was provided by Arising Empire/Nuclear Blast records.***

This Day In Gaming History: January 21st, 1999 – Super Smash Bros. is released, changes multiplayer gaming forever

Certain games are revolutionary, whether it’s because of the impeccable and groundbreaking gameplay contained within, graphics ahead of their time, or just because of the sheer fun of smashing your friends in 4-way multiplayer battles. No, we’re not talking about Halo 3 or Call Of Duty, we’re talking about the Nintendo 64’s smash hit, Super Smash Bros.

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Bring Me The Horizon fan combines 12 songs across their entire discography for one epic medley – listen

Bring Me The Horizon are one of those bands that quite easily divide fans in opinion, even across different eras. Is 2013’s Sempiternal their best album? Could it be the fun metalcore romp that was Suicide Season? Either way, Bring Me The Horizon are a force in current music, and it’s not a surprise that many would try their own hand at remixing and splicing together their songs.

Enter Lucas McCaffrey, whose moniker Invisible Labyrinth Productions put together 12 prominent Bring Me The Horizon songs across their entire discography to create a distinct remix. And incredibly, it works! All aspects of the band’s discography are apparent in the remix, which clocks in at over 5 minutes, but it’s the interpolating of tracks like “Can You Feel My Heart” with the band’s heavier metalcore elements that make this sound really, really cool. Give it a spin below and let us know what you think.

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Deathcore band The Convalescence announces North American headlining tour w/Filth, Casket Robbery

Toledo, Ohio Deathcore outfit The Convalescence have announced a United States and Canada tour with Filth, Casket Robbery, and Blood of Angels. The Convalescence have been actively touring in support of their latest release “Monument of Misery” via Legend Recordings. The album charted multiple times, including #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers, #64 on the iTunes Rock Charts, and #189 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums. 

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