Antesaint - Hold On EP 
Antesaint - Hold On

This four piece from Barnsley have a cracking list of influences including Deftones, Incubus, Foo Fighters, QOTSA and Nirvana. What's more, the opening track of this EP, 'Hold On', is a volley of huge sounding guitars, booming drums and grinding bass. But I'm looking at a picture of the band and front-woman-cum-bassist Hayley Smith cuts a diminutive figure so I'm more than a little concerned that she'll be able to keep up with the power the rest of the band creates. Then she takes a deep breath and lets rip and I really should never have worried as Smith has smooth but powerful vocal style that can more than keep up with the heavy guitars and furious pace. 'Falling' is more of a ballad but that impressive voice is still ever-present and the band show restraint not to over play their parts as the music builds to a sumptuous crescendo. Final track 'Downfall' has the choppy riffs and big beats of a Foo Fighters song but, for all the fantastic influences, Antesaint have a something a bit different and these days that's half the battle. Given the right guidance and a tune with a big enough hook, big things could happen for these four rockers.

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