Lacittàdolente – Salespeople (Review)

Lacittàdolente - SalespeopleLacittàdolente are an Italian-based mathcore band, and this is their debut album.

Mathcore, hardcore, and metalcore collide across 27 minutes of music. Salespeople put me in mind of the past quite strongly, while also keeping a firm eye on the here and now.

This is disjointed, atypical music that has as its spiritual predecessors bands like Botch, Deadguy, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Cave In from the late 90s/early 00s hardcore/mathcore scene. In fact, Salespeople makes me heavily nostalgic for this era. While listening to these songs bands such as Skycamefalling, Torn Apart, Drowningman, Luddite Clone, Thirty Called Arson, and many others all sprang to mind. It’s almost like Lacittàdolente’s music is a 2020 distillation of all of these very fine bands into one single place, and what a place to be. It also, however, has more than enough of its own personality and a contemporary edge that means it’s more than just a regurgitation of what came before.

Lacittàdolente’s music is heavy and crushing, but jagged in its violence, lurching with ferocity from one thing to the next. You almost never quite know where its going to go at any given moment. The band’s dissonant rhythms are quite compelling, and they murderously jump around from one idea to the next with energetic abandon. Having said that though, this is a more coherent example of the style than many you could find in mathcore, with the more straightforward metal and hardcore elements keeping things on track quite nicely. It’s quite emotive and atmospheric in places too, much to its credit. Ultimately it all fits together very well, coming together into the sort of holistic package that makes for a satisfying listening experience.

Suffice to say, I really enjoyed this, and heartily recommend it for any fan of non-standard mathcore mayhem.

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