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The Empty Hollow Unfolds (expanded edition 2021)

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The ambience of grim desolation: With 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds', originally released 2000 on Cold Meat Industry, the ubiquitous Peter Andersson continues his exploration of internal desolation, be it of a spiritual base or purely of self. 'The Empty Hollow' in question seems to be the soul; a soul that has unfolded into a vast, blasted industrial landscape, littered with warehouse debris that solemnly clatters like wind chimes born of refuge. The darkened shadows cast on 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' are of an eerie, almost sinister allegiance, as if the maw at the center of infinity is yawning wide and the haled breath freezes souls; brittle souls that shatter before the immense veracity of such imposing internal devastation. Bones clang over chain-link fences. Metal creaks unsteadily. Bleak is an understatement, as the vast scope of emotions presented here is a sonic lament that lashes the soul. 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' is a grim travelogue from the land where the sun never rises; grievous keyboard passages overlaid by factory noises and the trademark chanting monks turns this into some of the most unsettling listening since the days of Lustmord's 'Paradise Disowned'. The album was voted as the single best release in the history of Cold Meat Industry, making it an important milestone and point of reference.

'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' (expanded edition 2021) is an updated version of the long sold-out expanded edition from 2014, now being a double CD release. Disc one contains the same tracks as the previous expanded edition. The additional disc contains session-related compilation tracks (also available on the Collected Works album) and a selection of live tracks from the special expanded edition of 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' from 2014. All material has a fresh new K-14 level mastering presenting the highest possible sound quality. The artwork is, as the earlier editions, styled with the somber industrial photos by Martín Pels.

Digital files are available in 24-bit quality.

This Bandcamp album contains six bonus tracks that was included in the Special Expanded Edition Double-CD by Retortae (elixir 7), 2014, but rejected for the 2021 expanded edition to give place for session-related compilation tracks from the Collected Works album.

Bonus tracks:
19. The Hidden Hallows (Live Saint Petersburg 2001)
20. The Verge of Somnolence (Live Saint Petersburg 2001)
21. Mouldering the Forlorn I (Live Saint Petersburg 2001)
22. The Wasteland (Live Saint Petersburg 2001)
23. Mouldering the Forlorn II (Live Saint Petersburg 2001)
24. In Emptiness (Live Unknown 2001)


released November 23, 2021

All music by Peter Andersson © 1999-2004.
Layout and K-14 level mastering by Peter Andersson in 2021.

Track 1-5 originally released on 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' CD by Cold Meat Industry (CMI.78), 2000.
Track 6-7 originally released on 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' Expanded Edtion CD by Retortae (elixir 6), 2014.
Track 8 originally released on 'Perception Multiplied. Multiplicity Unified' CD-compilation by C.M.I., 2001.
Track 9-10 originally released on 'Heilige Feuer II' CD-compilation by Indiestate distribution, 2002.
Track 11 originally released on 'A Final Testimony' CD-compilation by Sekuencas de Culto, 2004.
Track 12 originally released on 'X-RATED: The DARK Files' CD-compilation by Steamin’ Soundworks, 2006.
Track 13 originally released on 'Flowers made of Snow' CD-compilation by C.M.I., 2004.
Track 14-15 recorded at the Heilige Feuer II Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2001.
Track 16-17 recorded at unknown place, 2001.*
Track 18 recorded at the Eurorock Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium, 2000.*
Track 14-18 originally released on 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' Special Expanded Edition Double-CD by Retortae (elixir 7), 2014.

Physical 2CD release 2021 by Old Europa Cafe, OECD302. Digital release 2021 by Yantra Atmospheres, YA-2021-103.

* The CD edition wrongly says that track 16-18 are recorded at the Heilige Feuer II Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2001.

Bonus tracks:
Track 19-23 recorded at the Heilige Feuer II Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2001.
Track 24 recorded at unknown place, 2000.


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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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