Coming across as an unholy mix of bands like Vision of Disorder, Will Haven, Converge and Neurosis, Attan are heavy and intense.
This music is dark and visceral, containing a primal rage and destructive intensity. The songs are passionate exemplars of heaviosity that pay tribute to their influences while making their own way down the ill-lit avenues of dark Hardcore; others may have been here before but Attan are carving their own bloody way through the landscape.
It’s hard not to like music that’s this focused on intensity and heaviness; indeed, those two words are probably already overused in this review, but they describe Attan perfectly. Attan play with as much intensity and heaviness as they can muster, and that’s a lot.
Fast, savage attacks are all very well, but it’s the slower wall-of-guitar-style sections that really ramp it up for me. It’s the kind of stuff that Will Haven were always so good at doing; atmosphere through distortion.
I haven’t mentioned the vocals yet – these mainly consist of shredding shrieks and deeper, throaty semi-cleans/shouts. The former provide an intense, (there’s that word again), sharp focal point while the latter provide a heavier, (and again…), counterbalance that lends authority and weight to proceedings.
Attan have thoroughly impressed me with this. At only 22 minutes long I cannot wait to hear more from them in the future, as From Nothing is right up my street, so to speak.