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.

Attrition Discography Tracks


Attrition Death House (Album) Attrition Cassette UK 1982 Sell This Version
Attrition & Audio Leter Attrition & Audio Leter - Action And Reaction (Critique Of Leisure Consumption) (Album) CNLF UK 1983 Sell This Version
Attrition Onslaught (Album, MiniAlbum, Comp) Third Mind Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
IT 004 Attrition / Alu Attrition / Alu - Attrition/Alu(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) IRRE Tapes IT 004 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Attrition The Attrition Of Reason (Album) Third Mind Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Attrition & Schamanen Circel Attrition & Schamanen Circel - Ocвoбoждeниe (MiniAlbum) Recording Union Switzerland 1984 Sell This Version
The Legendary Pink Dots / Attrition The Legendary Pink Dots / Attrition - The Terminal Kaleidoscope Ding Dong Records And Tapes Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
Attrition Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club (Album) Third Mind Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Attrition In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts (Album, Comp) Third Mind Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
SF 018 Attrition Take Five(LP, MiniAlbum) Supporti Fonografici SF 018 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Attrition At The Fiftieth Gate (Album) Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Attrition A Tricky Business (Album) Contempo Records Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Attrition The Hidden Agenda (Album) Hyperium Records Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Attrition 3 Arms And A Dead Cert (Album, EP) Hyperium Records, Hyperium Records US 1995 Sell This Version
Attrition Ephemera (Album) Hyperium Records Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Attrition Étude (Album) Projekt US 1997 Sell This Version
Attrition The Jeopardy Maze (Album) Matrix Cube US 1998 Sell This Version
Attrition Heretic Angels (Album) Matrix Cube Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Attrition Dante's Kitchen (Album) Underground, Inc., Invisible US 2004 Sell This Version
Attrition All Mine Enemys Whispers - The Story Of Mary Ann Cotton (Album) Projekt US 2008 Sell This Version
Attrition Kill The Buddha! (Album) Two Gods UK 2008 Sell This Version
Attrition Across The Divide - Live In Holland (Album) Two Gods UK 2009 Sell This Version
Attrition The Truth In Dark Corners... (Album) Other Voices Records Russia 2011 Sell This Version
Attrition Invocation (Album) Infinite Fog Productions Russia 2012 Sell This Version
Attrition The Unraveller Of Angels (Album) E-Klageto Germany 2013 Sell This Version