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It’s the third time for the dark experimental electronic outfit  Attrition coming to Athens.Compiling a catalog of 15 albums - studio, live, and soundtrack - plus a batch of collection discs, Attrition have always been a mass of pleasurable contradictions. As I got satisfied with  the first Attrition gig 6 years ago, I was looking forward to their new performance.The difference now is  the new female singer Samantha Hindman-Smith and this gig was the debut show for her. On electronic arrangements Martin Bowes' wife, Kerri.True to form, their music engulfed this  Saturday night Death Disco like a grey  fog. Strolling on stage, inhaling on a joss stick like it was a cigarette holder, Bowes slowly makes his presence felt. He emerges from the smoke and purges himself of the songs with his distinctive voice. Bowes employs an operatic female vocal in many of the songs in order to infuse contrast to the often-used dark spoken word male vocal producing  a unique collection that is lyrically challenging and musically clever. From the deep-spoken  voice of Martin to the operatic drama of Samantha. Dramatic, traumatic, ecstatic all sound like typical Attrition lyrics and  the music leads the listener  into the hypnotic soundtrack to a nightmare, spanning the myriad of eclectic and dark genres of dark ambient to dance-friendly electro. Yesterday's set took in the most from their nineties dread-leaden dark electro to their latest albums.The haunting music of ‘Two Gods’,the atmospheric  dark electro of ‘One Horse Rider’, the danceable electronic funk of Acid Tongue’ and ‘Mercy Machine’, all these combining sometimes with Martin ‘s theatrical presentation.





The gig opened by the supporting act,the one-man electronic project  Denial Of Service.Dos is also an excellent visual artist who has worked  on songs of  famous musicians like D.Bowey ,so yesterday we had the opportunity  to hear his trippy music-an amalgam of experimental electro,ebm,berlin school electronic- combined with his experimental visuals at backround.


PHOTOSHOOTING BY MARILIA FOTOPOULOU

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