Lyon Estates - Come Mille Altre Volte [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)
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Lyon Estates

Come Mille Altre Volte [7-inch] (2012)

Goodwill Records/Annoyed Recor

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again in the future, but the Italian language is well suited to hardcore/punk music. For a genre that aims to be intense yet brief, a language that is snappy and edgy fits in perfectly and I mean that as a compliment. When I hear any Italian band singing it its native language I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck prick up. So this release from a band whose promo material refers to another Italian favorite of mine, La Crisi, was something I was eager to hear.

First up is "Nel Mare Che Affonda" (using a basic internet translator tool gives me the English version "In The Sea That Sinks") which has a rather inauspicious opening 42 seconds of noises etc. that will presumably mean something to the band but which left me feeling a bit confused and frustrated. However, the song eventually kicks in with raging guitar and crisp drums that immediately have me devoting my fullest attention to the record, and this combo is topped off nicely with the vocals of Claudio to provide an above par beginning.

The title track ("As A Thousand Other Times") fortunately lacks any such time wasting as an introduction and what there is of one is a brief drum beat swiftly followed by the guitar, which for the record is excellent throughout, and helping the song to race along with very little change in pace from beginning to end.

Each subsequent song continues in the same vein although for me it's the final track, "Niente Da Speigare" ("Nothing To Explain"?), which proves to be the strongest out of the five on this release. None of the songs come across as generic or featureless but this is the one which seems to have more content to it with moments that move away from the standard hardcore approach featured elsewhere.

This is a very good release and even though I have no idea what the band is trying to get across other than from using potentially inaccurate translations of the song titles I find this record quite uplifting and fun to listen to. The other surprising thing is that this band is right up there with La Crisi which is no mean achievement. Finally, yes the band's name is a reference to Back to the Future. Maybe an odd choice for a hardcore band but I guess why not?