For the first time ever in New Zealand, UK Dark Electronica pioneers Attrition perform live in Wellington
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Formed in 1980 in Coventry, England and influenced by a mix of punk ideology and experimental art aesthetics, Attrition emerged as part of the early ’80’s UK Industrial scene alongside contemporaries Coil, Test Department, Legendary Pink Dots, In The Nursery, Portion Control et al. Founder Martin Bowes has steered the band through a 37 year career, fuelled by a succession of critically acclaimed albums…selling over 100,000 to date.
“Inside a cage of sound, Cold waves of electronics are juxtaposed against voices that seep through cracks in the walls of machinery and wires. Lyrics dart out in bullets from soundscapes peppered in sharp vocals and sound bites. A viola plays in the distance, giving life to this inorganic mass… Such is the imagery that spawns Attrition, who, with its marriage of the classic and modern, has brought to music the equivalent of a surrealist painting. From its earlier sparse and stark soundscapes, to a more expansive palette of orchestral work, Attrition has successfully melded several genres into one. The music flows – from gothic to industrial to experimental to classical – so smoothly, they might as well be making their own category. With more than twenty albums of constant variety, and an ever-expanding sound, they remain one of music’s darker and fascinating lights.” –Akane
Conceived, shaped and sang to life by classically-trained operatic singer Alia Synesthesia, Subterranea is vengeful abandoned child of second-wave black metal, progressive folk doom and Tribal Dark Ambient combined with operatic metal. Finding solace in an emerging electronic genre Dungeon Synth, Subterranea is an outsider, a soul-eater, a nightmare and a restless spirit.
Finding inspiration in world folklore, mythology, chthonic spaces, the visions of the end of the world and decline of humanity, the music of Subterranea could serve as a soundscape to the silent splendor of abandoned castles, deserted temples, and decaying bones.
“Don’t wait to uncover the surreal and exquisite world of sounds by Acclimate, where noisy abrasive sounds collide with atmospheric patterns of tranquillity, where layers of dark low-end rumblings hover over minimal textures of electronic experimentalism, where rusty and scratchy power noise beatz clash with synthetic outer space pad work to create a whole new dimension of sonic pleasure”. –Chain D.L.K. Magazine
Acclimate has been credited with over 30 releases of experimental, post-industrial and soundscape music, appearing on labels such as Japan’s Xerxes Records, Ad Noiseam, Ant-Zen, Invisible Records, Live Bait Recording Foundation, DTA+ Records, Metropolis, COP International and Fluttering Dragon. Live performances and/or collaborations have included Merzbow, AUBE, Damian Catera, Tarmvred, ConDemek, Attrition, Mago, KK Null, Kid 606, Disc (later known as Matmos), Totemplow, Murderous Vision, Katrin Radman (Coptic Rain), Hakan Paulsson (Sanctum), David Collings (Numb), Hieronymus Bosch and Chiasm.
Blood, Death, Rebirth. Ritual performance art series where each element used carries meaning and each Ritual is unique. Each ritual is manifested once to be observed before it is vanishes, never to appear again.
Carrying on with the mission as laid out by Industrial Records, DJ Klangfeld will continue to make cognitive disruptions throughout the evening