Ättestor – Ättestor EP (self released)
The first offering from Brighton punk band Ättestor is now available on tape. Nathan Brown calls it a fearsome sound.
What started as a bandcamp demo quickly came out on tape, which I gather is the medium of choice for on-trend hipsters of the hardcore scene. With the release becoming physical and having been well received on the punk scene, it felt worthy of a review. To call it a “demo” feels like an under statement.
Brighton based Attestor have pounding drums and guitar tone worthy of heavyweights like Poison Idea. Songs that chug along or accelerate. Vocals shouted into the void peek out from the wall of sound. Attestor’s songs are personal (aren’t all songs?) but living in the society we do, personal quickly becomes political.
Understandably, if you have to deal with fascists coming to your town and bastard landlords driving up rents you’ll end up with songs like Greedy Landlords. Choruses like Always Antifa are based on real life not some abstract concept. With a shouty chorus here and there to drive the message home, of course.
Many people sat up and noticed when this collection of songs first came out. They had a live performance planned but it was cut short by this goddamned virus. A physical release was the obvious next move whilst we await the return of live music.
Motörhead style umlauts adorn the A of Ättestor giving the whole look a feel of Scandinavia. You pretty much get what you would expect. If you like your punk fast and heavy all tied up with a monochrome bow then this is for you.
Elements of the heaviness of bands such as Wolf Brigade can be heard with crushing guitar and relentless drums filling the gaps in the downstrokes. Every now and then there is a hint of Totalitar.
Records surely have to follow? This band are definitely one to watch.
Words by Nathan Brown. Check out his Louder Than War Author Archive.