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Artist: Attrition (@)
Title: The Hidden Agenda
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Rated: *****
The reissue of Attrition's vast discography keep on being issued by Two Gods and that's the time of one of the most interesting ring of their long chain of releases. Previously released on the glorious Hyperium in 1993, The Hidden Agenda is maybe the album of maturity, the first one completely assembled in the Cage, Martin Bowes' personal recording hyper-technological studio where he begun working as remixer and producer, which could be considered as a sort of bridge between the past (oriented to industrial and dark styles) and the future (whose imprinting is definitively gothic-oriented) of Attrition's sound , which begun to appear more orchestral and based on a guessed balance between voice sharpening (Julia Waller's consolidated collaboration and her ethereal whispering voice heavily influenced this peculiar direction taken by Bowes' exquisite project as well as the tenebrous and narrative one by Martin) and electronic layering of cold sounds. From those four walls, which Bowes symbolically baptized with fire naming it The Cage, a lot of innovative sounds came to the scene.

You could easily recognize its refined hits on some UK projects and bands coming later (Vomito Negro, Full Dynamic Range and even Bourbonese Qualk) in the perfectly razor-cut percussive sounds of The Silent Mind, whose lyrics seem to forerun a certain techno-pagan nihilism which was going to inspire a lot of artists today, or in the orchestral deviations on the industrial-infected declinations of The Cage and The Mercy Machine. An important transitional album and a precious dowel not to be missed if you want to better appreciate Attrition's great artistic mosaic rich in nuances. Other highlights of this re-release are the trance-inducing A Wing and a Prayer, the re-visitation of The Next Day and the creepy repreise of the introductive Lip Sync.

Kneel to the Mercy Machine!



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