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The Hand That Feeds – Review

Just like an obelisk defying the course of time and standing in there, immovable and lustrous, preserving its very essence in the continuous variation granted by entropy there is Attrition, the band, not the misfortune. This is one of those bands that has transcended experimentation and has definitively rooted its name in history with their multiple sonic vocations: Avant garde Electronica, Industrial and Neoclassical, their sonic palette is extensive and with such a vast discography that ranks them in the status of a prolific authority. “The hand that feeds” is a particular compilation that probably sides them with most of their famous counterparts from the scene, it is a compendium of remixes from their albums by highly regarded bands such as –In the Nursery-, -Chris n’Cosey-, -Dance or Die- and –Regenerator- and additional guests that finds curious interstices to adapt tracks and add an special touch, demark contours and characters or simply rejuvenate certain details.
The CD was issued by the band’s own label A Two God records and has a suggestive erotica artwork by John Santerineross.

The whole album set preserves a remix quality pretty much following the standards from the 80s-90s techniques, basically oriented beat worshipping later transcending into bits of break beat and amplifying the groovy experience from 808s sequences. Enhancing the sound mix for the pristine Neoclassical parts and giving more danceable punch to the whole repertoire. It is indeed an Attrition compilation, but these variations manage to transport the versions a bit more into a contemporary status and most of the times they are guessed right by the bands who choose them.

After passing the beautiful artwork and the introductory track the work dives directly into Henry Purcell’s adaptation of “Cold Song” named by Attrition as “Cold Genious” and remixed by Polaxe, this is really moving track, with an exquisite neoclassical cadence and succulent set of electronic arrangements that suits perfectly in tempo and harmonic synchrony. This track will demark the aesthetic that the work introduced with its cover artwork, sexy and devious, a bit darkened and above all rhythmically provocative. Imagine Die Form went more psychedelic and classy, perhaps a bit more sophisticated but still too deviant there you’ll have the album’s direction. The shadows from an epoch appears through the compendium of tracks like for example: “Waste Not, Want…More” that comes as a ghost sequel from Kraftwerk and twisted Die form influences to a Front Line Assembly presence on the following “Cosmetic citizen” punctuating the beat and malicious sequence with the obscured voice and joined by the glorious operatic chorals and Neoclassical details.

Chris n’ Cosey opted in “I Am (Eternity)” for tribal beat joined with a mind engulfing canticle and an instrumental eastern influx that imprints its characteristic dark touch and magical mesmerism over the track, transforming it in a hit for the dance hall of a savage sex ritual or perhaps a private party with lustful finalities. Another dark erotica with heart oppressing pulsation would be “My Friend Is Golden” by Regenerator back again with this retro remix and ritualistic rhythmic cadence, very oblivious and dark. My personal favourite from the album is “The mercy machine”, a remix executed by the band itself, it is a brilliant track with a really seducing rhythm and vicious voice along with the a catchy chorus sequence at charge of the female vocalist. All in all the remixes maintain a constant tension that combines a twisted sexual insight represented in the moving rhythms sided with the sublime spirituality from the Neo classical contours and atmospherics all this contrasted with the frantic mechanizations from Industrial music and the mantra like vocals.
This work compilation summons a certain aura with its listening, a veil of seductive mystery and sexual secrecy that cleverly represents an epoch and results a clever diversion for the dark side of electronica.

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