Novelists FR
Novelists Demo


4.0
excellent

Review

by Get Low USER (46 Reviews)
April 24th, 2021 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rough Draft Writers FR

The Novelists Demo is a collection of six songs recorded by progcore band Novelists FR between 2013 and 2014. Two tracks from this demo, Antares and Souvenirs, would end up on the main tracklist of their debut album Souvenirs; and two others, Twenty Years and Heartfelt, would end up as bonus tracks. The last two unmentioned, Delusion and Immedicable, would end up as non-album singles that wouldn't make it onto Souvenirs in any way.

These six tracks, which are most likely the first ones written with Novelists' original lineup, are arguably their heaviest to date. Novelists is known for their glossy production, and despite these tracks just being demos, I can tell that time was spent into making the instrumentals and vocals sound rich in quality. The two tracks that were remastered for Souvenirs (the title-track and Antares) still sound very close to their original versions, but were cleaned up around the edges to assimilate well with the rest of the album. However, their demo versions, which do have a slight bit roughness to them in regards to the mixing in some parts, also fit well with the other tracks on the demo that share the same minor flaws.

I imagine that most people who read this review will be familiar with Novelists already, but to quickly sum up their sound (during their Souvenirs era, at least), they are a progressive metalcore band that favors technical and melodic riffs, harsh vocals on verses, and soaring, cleanly-sung choruses. They started out quite heavy with their Souvenirs album and especially the tracks on this demo, but began to mellow out more as time progressed. For fans of this band who favor their heavier stuff, I'd recommend listening to the Novelists Demo not as a demo, but as the band's first EP. The consistency of quality is here, and since the band will likely never sound like this again (unless Matteo returns to the band and they drop the electronic stuff they are currently doing), this demo can serve as one additional shot of Novelist Espresso.



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Get Low
April 24th 2021


10040 Comments


Wanted to give this a short write-up (more geared toward people who are already familiar with the band) since this is back up on streaming services.

Get Low
April 24th 2021


10040 Comments


Delusion is so good, fuck

I CAN'T FIND MY PLACE IN THE MASSES

SitarHero
April 25th 2021


12833 Comments


I pos'd just for that summary

Get Low
April 25th 2021


10040 Comments


lol ty

OwMySnauze
April 25th 2021


2259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Souvenirs era the best Novelists material they put out.

Get Low
April 25th 2021


10040 Comments


agreed, agreed

SteakByrnes
April 25th 2021


23467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Demo slaps ass, the more time that goes by since Matteo left the less I'm interested in new Novelists material lol

Digging: Hail the Sun - New Age Filth

Get Low
April 25th 2021


10040 Comments


I like the new stuff; it's just a lot different. We'll see how that new album is when they finally release it in 2023.

twlichty
April 26th 2021


4724 Comments


Nice I haven't checked this but always down for some Novelists

Get Low
April 26th 2021


10040 Comments


@ghostwo Get on this band, brother. All of their stuff rules.

Purpl3Spartan
April 28th 2021


235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Demos rule

Digging: Hail the Sun - New Age Filth

sspedding
April 28th 2021


5397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Souvenirs was a banga

SteakByrnes
April 28th 2021


23467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Souvenirs, spectacular song and one of my favorite songs in general

Get Low
April 29th 2021


10040 Comments


Antares is best Novelists track



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