Attrition - Dante's Kitchen
Attrition has created one if the most incredible goth-electro records that I have heard. The theme seems to be an exploration of god, and spirituality, with a very big (and blatant) nod to Dante’s “Inferno”, not that I’m going to pretend to be well versed enough to have read it. Perhaps the idea is to explore the meeting of the spirit and the body. Dante’s Kitchen could refer to the banalizing of hell, the everyday descent into sin, the hell that is the everyday. Thematically tense subject, the symbol of religiosity in the everyday. And this theme is perfectly accented by the music. Using a mix of groovy electronics, violins, whispered male vocals, as well as operatic female utterings, and well placed samples, Attrition has made a mix of gloomy and captivating songs: Although they retain a distinct darker edge, they also make you want to move and groove along to the songs, wile varying caustic elements remain to keep your mind alive as well. An album that soothes the mind and invigorates the body, a true gem, aided even more by the overtones of spiritual reflection. The music takes you away forces you to move to it. The listener can’t quite escape the grasp of the kindled spirit. Basslines that stalk you, as a lost soul looking for a place to rest, while the drums kick in to augment this with a perfect laid back groove, questioning one’s place in the universe, if not the nature of the universe itself. And the samples are truly inspired adding to the listener’s understanding of the song. A smooth blend of theosophy catchy basslines, groovy drums, angelic melodies, and haunting atmospheres; in other words worth hearing.
Vizgig @ August 2005