The Empty Hollow Unfolds (special expanded)

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Bjorn Madsen
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Bjorn Madsen I have admired this artist ever since I was first exposed to them in the early 2000's. I even flew to Lithuania to hear him perform live because such music doesn't tour the United States frequently, if ever. Dark ambient is deceptively simple music but Raison D'etre is a gem amongst rocks. This artist is worth the money.
Robert C. Kozletsky
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Robert C. Kozletsky One of the best examples of desolation transformed into music. Oppressive and majestic. This expanded edition has proven to be my personal favorite in the grim discography of raison d'être...
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hypoxia the ultimate dark industrial ambient album.
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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 Empty Hollow Unfolds' was voted as the single best release in the history of Cold Meat Industry, making it an important milestone and point of reference. The expanded edition adds two previously unreleased tracks to the album, and, on top, there is a special expanded edition limited to 100 copies only containing live material from 2000-2001. The artwork is, as the original release, styled with somber photos by Martín Pels.


released May 14, 2014

All music by Peter Andersson 1999-2000 (track 1-5, 7) and 2004 (track 6).
K-14 level mastering 2014.
Track 1-5 originally released 2000 on ‘The Empty Hollow Unfolds’ CD by Cold Meat Industry (CMI.78). Track 6-7 is previously unreleased. A live version of track 6 is available on ‘The Luminous Experience‘ album.
Track 8-14 recorded 2001 at the Heilige Feuer II Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Track 15-17 recorded 2001 at an unknown place.
Track 18 recorded 2000 at the Eurorock Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium.
Photos by Martín Pels.
Physical release by :retortae: 2CD - elixir 7.
Digital release by Yantra Atmospheres. YA-2014-50.


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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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