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metamorphyses (expanded)

by raison d’être

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SomaFM.com listener Rough, Abstract, Wild random live recording tracks, including heavy mechanical noises and darker water stream. Not for Summer xD Favorite track: metamorphyses phase V.
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Jordan Vauvert La métamorphose, c'est la clef, un moyen de se perdre pour mieux se retrouver par la suite. Tel est le but de metamorphyses. Cet album de raison d'être tranche avec toutes les sorties précédentes : dans la logique de la transformation perpétuelle, nous ne traversons pas des titres mais des phases, un enchaînement dans un Tout. Le cadre religieux est absent ; contre toute attente, ce sont les échos et les sons métalliques qui, dans leur forme la plus concrète, invoquent un monde métaphysique. Favorite track: metamorphyses phase V.


Transformation is the key to the psyche. It unlocks the hidden domains inside us and finds the paths to inner wisdom. ’Metamorphyses’ is a journey into the deep inner self; a drama of the sublime and trancendental transformation of the psyche through a katabasis ritual presented in six transitional stages slowly moving towards completion. ’Metamorphyses’ is the key to the psyche.

Hypnotic, introspective and yet more difficult. Being the seventh full-length album from raison d’être, ’Metamorphyses’ is in many aspects different from previous works by Peter Andersson. The organic flow and the use of drones has been extended, creating a varied output of both calm/meditative and harsh/intense sound structures. The transformation in sound is also present in the perceived emotions. Demanding, tempting and deceptive are only a few elements that characterize the ordeal the listener has to withstand.

The expanded double CD edition of 'Metamorphyses' contains the original album remastered according to the K-14 level standard. Additionally, two previously unreleased early sketches from the 'Metamorphyses' session has been added to the first disc. The second disc contains a selection of previously unreleased live recordings from performances made between 2006-2008 in Sofia, Gent, Salzburg, Alkmaar and Budapest. Comes in a 6-panel digipak with original art by Kati Astraeir.


released October 24, 2014

Track 1-6 originally released 2006 on ‘Metamorphyses’ CD by Cold Meat Industry (CMI.158). Track 7-8 previously unreleased.
Track 9-18 recorded live in Sofia (2006), Gent (2006), Salzburg (2007), Alkmaar (2008), Budapest (2008).

All music by Peter Andersson, winter 2005-2006.
K-14 level mastering 2014.
Images by Kati Astraeir.
Physical 2CD release by Old Europa Café, OECD202.
Digital release by Yantra Atmospheres, YA-2014-70.


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Raison d'être, formed in 1991 by the sound artist Peter Andersson, has since then supplying listeners with overwhelming dark ambient industrial landscapes of beauty and sorrow, mainly on the now defunct Cold Meat Industry label. Peter Andersson also has a number of side projects including Atomine Elektrine, Bocksholm, Necrophorus, Stratvm Terror, Panzar and more. ... more

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