Attrition

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Formed in 1980 by Martin Bowes in Coventry, England, Attrition’s early output presaged trends that would emerge as genres of their own in the ’90s gothic/industrial resurgence. Drones and tape manipulations released under the title 'Death House' prefigured dark ambient “isolationism” by almost 10 years, while the group’s first two proper albums — 'The Attrition of Reason' and 'Smiling at the Hypogonder Club' — set the tone for the style now known as darkwave.

Attrition had its day in the US college-radio spotlight with the spooky “Monkey in a Bin,” released alongside the likes of Nina Hagen, Alan Jourgensen, The Smiths, Siouxsie and Howard Jones on the 1987 Wax Trax compilation Animal Liberation (which benefited PETA). Since then, Attrition has released more than twenty albums, each one striking a balance between dualistic forces: Gloomy atmospheres mixed with prodding beats; classical bombast melded with ambient noise; Bowes’ stern spoken vocals juxtaposed against a series of increasingly operatic-sounding female vocalists.

The latest such singer to sign on to Bowes’ long-running project is US born Tylean. She adds what many Attrition fans consider the most emotive and expressive element yet to Bowes’ assault of dark electronica, which is more concerned with enveloping listeners in a dense nebula of soundscapes than with moving bodies on the dance floor via the clichéd thud-thud of many a goth-club chestnut.

" Creating and exploring rich shadowy electronic soundscapes...interweaving the ephemeral with the operatic, the sound can at once calm your soul and chill your bones..." The Hatchet/

Martin Bowes also owns and runs The Cage Studios in Coventry, UK. besides his own Label Two Gods.
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AC 001 Attrition - Death House album art Attrition Death House (Album) Attrition Cassette AC 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
IT 004 Attrition - Attrition / Alu album art Attrition / Alu Attrition / Alu - Attrition / Alu (Album) IRRE Tapes IT 004 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
TMT06 Attrition - Onslaught album art Attrition Onslaught (Album, Comp, MiniAlbum) Third Mind Records TMT06 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ARR 012 Attrition - Action And Reaction (Critique Of Leisure Consumption) album art Attrition & Audio Leter Attrition & Audio Leter - Action And Reaction (Critique Of Leisure Consumption) (Album) CNLF ARR 012 UK 1983 Sell This Version
1948-1 Attrition - Ocвoбoждeниe album art Attrition & Schamanen Circel Attrition & Schamanen Circel - Ocвoбoждeниe (MiniAlbum) Recording Union 1948-1 Switzerland 1984 Sell This Version
TMLP 06 Attrition - The Attrition Of Reason album art Attrition The Attrition Of Reason (Album) Third Mind Records TMLP 06 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TMLP 13 Attrition - Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club album art Attrition Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club (Album) Third Mind Records TMLP 13 UK 1985 Sell This Version
DDC 011 Attrition - The Terminal Kaleidoscope album art The Legendary Pink Dots / Attrition The Legendary Pink Dots / Attrition - The Terminal Kaleidoscope Ding Dong Records And Tapes DDC 011 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
TMLP 14 Attrition - In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts album art Attrition In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts (Album, Comp) Third Mind Records TMLP 14 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SF 018 Attrition - Take Five album art Attrition Take Five (MiniAlbum) Supporti Fonografici SF 018 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Antler 078 Attrition - At The Fiftieth Gate album art Attrition At The Fiftieth Gate (Album) Antler Records Antler 078 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Conte 175 Attrition - A Tricky Business album art Attrition A Tricky Business (Album) Contempo Records Conte 175 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CD 39100812 Attrition - The Hidden Agenda album art Attrition The Hidden Agenda (Album) Hyperium Records CD 39100812 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
39101132 46 Attrition - Ephemera album art Attrition Ephemera (Album) Hyperium Records 39101132 46 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
HY 157, CD 39101572 Attrition - 3 Arms And A Dead Cert album art Attrition 3 Arms And A Dead Cert (Album, EP) Hyperium Records, Hyperium Records HY 157, CD 39101572 US 1995 Sell This Version
PROJEKT 75 Attrition - Étude album art Attrition Étude (Album) Projekt PROJEKT 75 US 1997 Sell This Version
PROJEKT 89 Attrition - The Jeopardy Maze album art Attrition The Jeopardy Maze (Album) Matrix Cube PROJEKT 89 US 1998 Sell This Version
TRI 040 CD Attrition - Heretic Angels album art Attrition Heretic Angels (Album) Matrix Cube TRI 040 CD Germany 2000 Sell This Version
UIN 1088 Attrition - Dante's Kitchen album art Attrition Dante's Kitchen (Album) Underground, Inc., Invisible UIN 1088 US 2004 Sell This Version
INV209, INV206, INV203, INV171 Attrition - Attrition album art Attrition Attrition(4xBox, Ltd, Num) Invisible, Invisible, Invisible, Invisible INV209, INV206, INV203, INV171 US 2006 Sell This Version
PROJEKT209 Attrition - All Mine Enemys Whispers - The Story Of Mary Ann Cotton album art Attrition All Mine Enemys Whispers - The Story Of Mary Ann Cotton (Album) Projekt PROJEKT209 US 2008 Sell This Version
16GodsCD Attrition - Kill The Buddha! album art Attrition Kill The Buddha! (Album) Two Gods 16GodsCD UK 2008 Sell This Version
19GodsCD Attrition - Across The Divide - Live In Holland album art Attrition Across The Divide - Live In Holland (Album) Two Gods 19GodsCD UK 2009 Sell This Version
VOX8MC Attrition - The Truth In Dark Corners... album art Attrition The Truth In Dark Corners... (Album) Other Voices Records VOX8MC Russia 2011 Sell This Version
IF-28 Attrition - Invocation album art Attrition Invocation (Album) Infinite Fog Productions IF-28 Russia 2012 Sell This Version