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Raison D’etre – “Mise En Abyme” – [Transgredient Records]


Peter Andersson (one of two men thus named who have done valuable work for Sweden’s Cold Meat Industry label) creates ingenious electronic music under multiple names, including Raison D’Etre, Stratvm Terror, Atomine Elektrine, Panzar and more. Under the Raison D’Etre name (est. 1992) he is a Dark Ambient legend, and KFJC has many of his CDs.

This 2014 work is more recent and it exposes the crafted subtlety of Andersson’s tried-and-true approach to recreating complete emptiness and hopeless melancholia. Aching arrangements of deep synth drone, creaking metal and samples of Christian chant. It doesn’t get much better than this. Mise en Abyme is a French heraldic term meaning “placed into abyss,” and refers, among other things, to endlessly recursive images.

The volume ranges from extremely quiet to very loud. T.2 has some particularly angry metal mingling. Embrace the emptiness within yourself.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on September 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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