The Unraveller of Angels


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Jack music Life Full of His story Favorite track: Histrionic!.
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rikm Attrition have always seemed equally comfortable with lush organic instrumental tracks and electronic jams that fill the dancefloor.

"The Unraveller of Angels" stands as a fine example of the dark delights the band has been crafting for over thirty years. Impressive, groove-y, and eminently dance-able, it retains a certain abstract quality that runs through all of Attrition's work, a unique element that makes them so enjoyable.

Definitely a classic...
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WinterBorn I love it because it's Attrition and anyone that is knowledgable of and an Attrition fan knows every release is going to be stellar, dark and a bit avant-garde performance art. One of the concerts I most regret missing when I had the chance, was seeing Attrition so I am hoping for that second chance and until hopefully then, will enjoy my extensive and obscure Attrition library compiled over the years.
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alby dammned ok i like this track but am sure this will change as i listen to the whole cd more. From what i have heard so far i really like this and if you already own other Attrition cd's you should add this one your collection also Favorite track: Snakepit.
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Andrew Johnston Although a number of recent acts have mixed symphonic instruments with machine rock, Attrition has been doing this for decades. Harder, darker, and smarter than any band who followed them. Favorite track: Histrionic!.
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Narcissist 04:58
Histrionic! 04:06
Snakepit 04:23


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 :


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

Attrition: 'The Unraveller of Angels' –

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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