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Mise en Abyme

by raison d’être

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EthelTheFrog Perhaps my favorite dark ambient album. One of those pieces of music through which you'll come out a different person than you went in.
Jordan Vauvert
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Jordan Vauvert L'existence de Mise en Abyme pourra surprendre — et en a déçu certains — étant donné que son dark ambiant a pris une tournure métaphysique repoussant les limites du savoir rationnel avec metamorphyses et The Stains of the Embodied Sacrifice. Mise en Abyme revient à une magnifique atmosphère religieuse qui rappellera Within the Depths of Silence and Phormations avec des chants grégoriens très profonds ("Katharos") mais le concept, porté par une noise parfois sinistre ("Infernos"), va plus loin. Favorite track: Agraphos.
Tom Phillips
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Tom Phillips It may seem worlds apart, but we've been expressing different facets of the same emotions for decades now...thank you for the years of company through music and the ongoing inspiration - even if it's not apparent on the surface of While Heaven Wept...you're in there...and here
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Abyssos 12:34
Infernos 16:43
Katharos 13:37
Agraphos 15:56


Transgredient Records is very proud to release the newest studio-work by this well known Swedish ambient industrial project, continually re-newing the dark ambient genre since 1992.'Mise en Abyme' is the first raison d'être studio album in over 4 years, following a very special "initiation concept" with an emphasis on the experience of sequential psychological states with cathartic effects - diving into the deepest regions of the subconscious in order to return with a fresh and "empty" mind. All the previously beloved elements of raison d'êtres music are here: spacious deep drones, touching sacral choirs, ritualistic sounds from gongs and bells and other awesome integrated field / object recordings - all impressively enhanced to reach a new level of masterful atmospheric composition. Moving from dramatic tension and threatening uproar to meditative beauty, this near hour long album reveals various changes and details, while always sounding monolithic (all of one piece), expressing almost unbearable sensations of melancholy, vastness and contemplation. The idea behind this album, in the words of the artist: " 'Mise en Abyme' is an inner journey down to the most hidden and dark parts of the Self. 'Mise en Abyme' literally means 'placed into the abyss' and conceptually the album contains ingredients from 'The Divine Comedy' by Dante or any similar stories/myths around the katabasis theme. Instead of being linked to religion, history or morality, it is purely a psychological and therapeutic trip to the underworld, investigating the subconscious. But even in the darkest and chaotic places in the depths, there are small shades of light, hope and understanding; one can be enlightened and purified upon returning to the conscious world."


released March 1, 2014

Sounds / Structures by Peter Andersson 2013.
Final mixing / K-14 level mastering 2014.
Photos by Roberto Conte, except the cross; photo by Martín Pels.

CD release by Transgredient Records, TR-10. Digital release by Yantra Atmospheres, YA-2014-48.


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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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