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The Unraveller of Angels

by ATTRITION

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She’s a carnival ride She’s the thorn in my side She’s epidemic She’s my Queen I’m the mechanic - Karma! She’s the train I deride She’s democratic The seed of doubt in my mind Evergreen I’m the mechanic - Karma! She’s my borderline prize On her knees My pavlovian bride Melodramatic I’m the mechanic - Karma! I’m the mechanic - Karma!
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Narcissist 04:58
Long distance information - calling me And even reputations, question me Bring me the ego ID This saint is impatient - and wasted And lost in translation, of his deeds Bring me the ego ID The divine translator - is persuading Relying on frustration, and guarantees Bring me the ego ID Bring me the ego ideal
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Histrionic! 04:06
I’m the tangled Messiah And I’m standing behind you In the temple of silence Painting pictures of you Histrionic! I’m the sunset divider I’m reciprocally violent And my only requirement? I get a kick out of you Histrionic! The entropic adviser Your conscience provider And I’m back in alignment On the mantle of you Histrionic! Will I learn to love you?
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For those about to die here Lighten up And those into survival Frighten us Damn this one horse rider Man traps for stricter diners Trip me up Laid back with Sunday drivers Touching us Damn this one horse rider Under belly of our Godiva Climbing up Watch the Trojan climb inside her Wish me luck! Damn this one horse rider Damn this one horse ride...
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Snakepit 04:23
The English maid was cleaning The halos I’d been stealing The poor girl was uncertain She hid behind the curtain There’s something in the snakepit! I waited up all evening For a bird with wings of steel While scraping innuendo From the sniper in your window There’s something in the snakepit! The man behind the camera Is climbing up the mountain He may be your necessity He captures possibility There’s something in the snakepit! He captures possibility
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It takes a lady of a certain type To pull me so far out of line Like a fairytale I survived Or a parlour game you may have tried Here’s looking at you Suicidal? I’m your engineer I have a floral tribute for the bride Carved in memories, and denial Complementary, I paid in kind The ferryman he could have cried Here’s looking at you Suicidal? I’m your engineer Undecided? I’m your engineer
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There’s a devil on my shoulder And he’s never growing old There’s an angel in the corner There’s a God upon the floor I bleed for you I sing for you There’s a silence in my garden And it’s hanging there a while Marking out the pages The controller of the law I bleed for you I sing for you How are you keeping? How are you sleeping?
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Hands on heads For the prefetch cavalier The impatient saint, The narrator, The unraveller Damn the one horse rider and his English maid, The causal agent Dancing in the jaws of madness This disrespector of latitudes The suicide engineer Is tapping on your window The sniper in the snakepit The Divine translator This tangled Messiah? The grand deceiver? Or the boy who looked at God?
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ATTRITION - The Unraveller of Angels

The long awaited album from legendary dark industrial pioneers ATTRITION.

Founder Martin Bowes has teamed up with US singer Tylean on vocals and created 10 new works varying in style from industrial to gothic to dark ambient soundscapes, whilst lyrically continuing his exploration of introspective themes of life, love and death...

With a host of special guest appearances:
Mona Mur (Einsturzende Neubauten, En Esch etc), Matt Howden (Seiben etc), Annie Hogan (Marc and the Mambas, Nick Cave etc)
Erica Mulkey (Unwoman) Ian Arkely (My Silent Wake, Seventh Angel) Jyri Glynn, Joanna Dalin and more..

The first video...for the first single Narcissist, is here now : www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8ZozakYviI&feature=share

and a video by Daniel Gouyette for One Horse Rider
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT6cBw30itM

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released April 1, 2013

Music and lyrics: Martin Bowes
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Martin
at the Cage studios, Coventry, England. 2009 - 2012
Photography by Holger Karas
Cover model: Jezebel

A Two Gods Production
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Attrition: 'The Unraveller of Angels' – Fearnet.com

Just last month, UK musician Martin Bowes gave us a taste of the latest offering from his legendary gothic/industrial music project Attrition, in the form of the digital EP Narcissist (check it out here), which represents the band in a more intense, heavy beat-driven mode while still maintaining the hypnotic ambient soundscapes that Bowes brings to the game. Ever since hearing him describe the band's new stylistic direction in an earlier interview, I've been anxious to hear the entirety of The Unraveller of Angels, the band's highly-anticipated sixteenth studio album. The roster of guest artists on this record is impressive enough – Tylean, Mona Mur, Matt Howden, Ian Arkley, Jyri Glynn and Erica Mulkey are among the contributors – and many musical genres are represented, from straight-up electro to neoclassical to dark ambient noise. That said, Unraveller is still pure Attrition: dark, mysterious and sexy at any speed.

The seriously creepy intro “The Unraveller” sets the beautiful but nightmarish tone with its icy piano sprinkled over distorted, contorted vocal samples before launching us into the bumping drum & bass and synth surges of “Karma Mechanic,” with Bowes trading vocal lines with gothic legend Mona Mur. “Narcissist,” which we've covered previously in its many EP variations, appears in its twitchiest, most urgent version here. Eerie cello, piano and violin twist through “Histrionic!” with distortion effects often transforming the string instruments and ambient female vocals into musical wraiths. String instruments also play a dominant role in “One Horse Rider,” turning a minimal beat pattern into a dance of doom, and a pensive cello blends with snarling guitar licks in “Snakepit.” In a cool twist on the pattern, Jyri Glynn's effects-heavy electric violin weaves a flute-like tone (reminiscent of Vangelis's iconic Blade Runner theme) through mid-tempo synth rhythms and deep guitar chugs in “Suicide Engineer”...

The full compliment of strings and piano comes to bear in “The Causal Agent,” joined by a deep, heartbeat-like synth bass pulse, resulting in the album's most haunting and memorable track. It's not as club-friendly as the others, but to my ears it represents Attrition's essence perfectly. It also prepares you for the thirteen-minute epic “Hollow Latitudes,” described as “a story in three parts” which stitches the themes of all the other tracks into one. It drifts from a gothic/neoclassical opening to experimental noise, peaking with a low, wailing guitar and thick layers of reverb applied to acoustic and electric violins. The record ends as it began, with bone-chilling instrumental beauty – in the form of “The Internal Narrator.” Soaring synths, guitar and piano are confronted by nightmarish organic and metallic noise elements, bringing the tone of Unraveller full circle to the cinematic style of the band's horror soundtrack album Invocation, or their earlier concept album All Mine Enemys Whispers... both of which I highly recommend to fans of more experimental horror music.

Martin was right about The Unraveller of Angels marking a new phase in the band's timeline, and that phase brings new urgency and tension to their already dangerous sound. But even within the more straightforward dance tracks there's a kind of wonderful chaos at work, pushing classical and electronic instruments and human voices out of the comfort zone and into strange new patterns... but it all comes together thanks to Bowes' moody talk-sung vocals which create an otherworldly narrative, guiding you down the many dark hallways that this artist knows so well.

Attrition will begin their next world tour this month, criss-crossing Europe in the spring and summer and touring the west US coast this fall (dates and venues are being updated regularly at the band's official site), and Martin is currently working with filmmaker Daniel Gouyette on a series of music videos – a rare occurrence for this band – as well as a documentary on the making of the album. So expect to hear and see more from them soon...

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"Forever there will be the speculation that the exploration of darkness as a beautiful place will lessen our fear of it all, ease the pain a little..."

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