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BYMYSIDE’s 2016 12″LP ‘Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere’ is eight tracks of Italian screamo so intertwined and cohesive that they have raised the bar for active bands playing this style. “E Ancora… Quanto Vorrei Odiarti” opens the record and once 1:02 hits those entrancing Italian/Raein guitars lift the song into primo screamo territory. “Convinzioni Che Crollano” is a bit longer, weighing in at 3:52 and jumping all over the place, from soft, serene bits to lightning fast chaos. “Non Siamo Più Ciò Che Eravamo” starts out like an instrumental jam and eventually brings on the screams as 1:17 hits, and I don’t think the Italian powerhouse Shizune is a far off comparison on this one. “Forme Geometriche Nel Buio Che Ci Circonda” is another fantastic example of what makes this band so good, as the track never really gets all that heavy and it may sound soft at some points but it’s always wavering in between those two extremes. The spacey and mesmerizing midsection eventually brings the song to a close, but only after you’ve been transfixed on a calming and beautiful view of the entire galaxy. “Aurora” follows and keeps the atmosphere flowing…or should I say seeping, out of the speakers, as the instrumental song floats around for two minutes with only guitars and bass weaving in and out of each other. “Tutto Resta Uguale” sounds like later Raein and La Quiete so I expect a few frequenters here to shit their pants while jamming this killer track. “Utopia Di Ogni Giorno” is the cream of the crop, holy fuck. This gem of a song gets going right off the bat and doesn’t slow down until after 20 seconds while they do a fantastic Via Fondo and Øjne take on screamo. What does that mean? It means there’s a lot of clean guitars and overlapping semi-solos that should tickle the fancy of most readers here. Closing this LP is “Come Dovrei Oppormi?” which does so in very Monte Ida (instrumentals) and Pastel (vocals) fashion. In its 3:36 time span it rides a driving and repetitive sound that fizzles out after two minutes and is replaced with a dreamy outro.