Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: At The Fiftieth Gate
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****
After releasing "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club" back in 1985 change was around the corner for Attrition as they switched record label passing from Third Mind Records to Antler and they also temporarily lose Julia Waller, who briefly joined the Legendary Pink Dots. Martin then collaborated with an old friend and veteran punk guitarist Garry Cox. The tracks of the album are a blend of synth wave with guitars and dance 4/4 rhythms. At a first listening this is one of the less charismatic album by the band as with this one seems to team up with the sound of bands like Balaam And The Angel or the Mission. Fortunately Attrition had always their dark twist to save them from a total commercial attitude. Thing that, strangely enough, is more balanced on the 12"s B-sides of the period (see "Lady look now"). You'll be able to judge by yourself as all the tracks from "Hadyn (or mine)" 12" and "Turn to gold" 12" are included into this new edition.