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The Hidden Agenda


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Luis Marques
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Luis Marques Electro-horror-goth with some EBM touch and at is best, deep male vocals by Martin Bowes and Opera Vocals from Julia Waller creates a unique and original sound. Finaly i could grab a copy of the physical cd for my collection. Thanks Martin:) Favorite track: Sister Teresa.
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rikm Slick synth-based tracks from Attrition that showcase their exquisite Dark Electro aesthetic. Apocalyptic dance tracks, music for the end of the world, call it what you will, but it's impossible to deny what an incredible release this is...
The Entrance
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The Entrance Agnosticism, passion, darkness, technology and surrealism... all in one sharp cage. Favorite track: The Cage.
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Kirous What we have here is an album full of finely matured Attrition. Tasty smokey baselines blended with modern electronics and Martin's stern vocals will hold you in their grips throughout the album. It's been 20 years since the first release, but this still sounds unique and modern. Favorite track: His Latest Flame.
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Morts Well known to those of us who've been into goth and industrial for quite some time, Attrition have carved out a long and fantastic career. My personal opinion is that this album is the apex of that distinguished career, everything just seemed to come together so well! Mixing goth, electro-industrial and dashes of minimalism this is an essential item in the collection of anyone interested in the dark underworld of music! Favorite track: Agenda Station.
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The Cage 04:14


Originally released on Hyperium records in 1993.


released July 3, 1993

Darklife - DE - 2011

The Hidden Agenda ranks among the highest in my personal favorites, and I'm not far from the truth if I state that this the album is the incarnation of the highest levels of Martin Bowes and Julia Waller partnership.
One of the first things noticed upon spinning the disk, is the fact that there's little to nothing on it betraying its revered age. 1993 was the year the work was originally released, and I frankly cannot think of just one more example of an album that could have been released yesterday, or any day during the past 18 years and still be able to disguise its age with such ease.
Martin's electronic arrangements, a combination of gritty electronic phrases, fatter than life bass lines, laid against a backdrop of atmospheric synth movements, have meanwhile become an universally celebrated manifesto of electronic avant-garde going hand in hand with a moderate gothic sensation. These are laid down at their best here, with Martin's trademark growled quasi-spoken vocal work, coupled with Julia's unique counterpoint that ranges from operatic to ethereal and much in between. Here is where über classics such as Lip Sync and Mercy Machine have found their first life.
Now, if there's an album I would urge any relatively recent scenesters to go and listen to, this is Hidden Agenda.
This edition also includes three tracks extra to the original, which first appeared on the Lip Sync single. Although not the first time the album is released featuring this tracklist, there are obvious improvements over previous versions due to a wise remastering process.


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