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Hot New Band: Novelists

Genre-blurring French metallers Novelists get set to go global.

“I wasn’t expecting all this publicity!” says Nicolas Delestrade of the attention Novelists are receiving in the run‑up to the release of their debut album, Souvenirs.

Their recent signing to new Nuclear Blast imprint Arising Empire no doubt helped boost their profile outside their native France, but the band have put in plenty of graft themselves, too.

Soon after Nicolas joined the band in 2013, they began self-releasing music and found themselves making waves outside their homeland. “Our first song had some international response – because of Facebook and YouTube, you don’t have to go and play in different places now,” Nicolas explains. “You can reach people in other countries straight away.”

The attention soon saw Novelists booked to play in the UK, including a spot at Ghostfest last year. They’re looking forward to crossing the Channel again in November to play in support of Souvenirs, and they’ll also be playing their first US shows. 

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