With Nicolas Delestrade now solely focusing on Novelists FR after starting out with ten56., the Frenchmen have been thriving after releasing their fourth record Déjà Vu, featuring singles like ‘Smoke Signals‘ amongst a bunch of others they dropped in preceding years.
Around the same time, they also teamed up with Landmvrks for ‘Heretic‘. The French metalcore scene is truly thriving at the moment with Lyon band Resolve recruiting Aaron Matts of ten56. and Marc Zelli from Paleface Swiss for ‘Older Days‘.
Back to Novelists; just a year after the LP was released, they’ve now shared a brand new track titled ‘Turn It Up‘, however this time with a pretty significant lineup change. Former lead vocalist Tobias Rische has now left the band and Novelists have discovered a woman’s voice to take on their next progressive-metalcore chapiter. Camille Contreras has been recruited ahead of a bunch of touring.
‘Turn It Up‘ sees Novelists double-down on their prog-direction with some djent thrown in for good measure as Contreras finds her feet with the band with a really clean and talented approach to her singing. It’s really when she debuts her uncleans in the bassy breakdown at the end where you get a sense of the mayhem the new Novelists are now capable of.
On the new recruit, the band comment:
“Camille was the unexpected lifeline we desperately needed,” shares the band. “Her talent and energy revived Novelists at a time when we were at our lowest. It’s unbelievable how the right person crossed our path when we needed it most. We are thrilled to introduce the new and definitive iteration of Novelists and are immensely proud of the music we’ve crafted together, representing the very best of our journey.”
Words by Ricky Aarons (@rickysaul90)
Stream ‘Turn It Up‘ here