Raison d'être - The Empty Hollow Unfolds (expanded edition 2021) [2CD]
Double CD in 6 page Ecopack-Digisleeve
'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 mostunsettling 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.
01 The Slow Ascent
02 The Hidden Hallows
03 End Of A Cycle
04 The Wasteland
05 The Eternal Return And The Infinity Horizon
06 Wasteland II
07 The Eternal Return
01 The Mournful Wounds
02 Moulding And Destruction I
03 Moulding And Destruction II
04 Mourn Him Yet
05 Mouldering The Forlorn I
06 Mouldering The Forlorn II
07 The Slow Ascent (Live)
08 The Mournful Wounds (Live)
09 The Wasteland (Live)
10 Moulding And Destruction II (Live)
11 The Eternal Horizon (Live)
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 1 originally released on 'Perception Multiplied. Multiplicity Unified' CD-compilation by C.M.I., 2001.
Track 2-3 originally released on 'Heilige Feuer II' CD-compilation by Indiestate distribution, 2002.
Track 4 originally released on 'A Final Testimony' CD-compilation by Sekuencas de Culto, 2004.
Track 5 originally released on 'X-RATED: The DARK Files' CD-compilation by Steamin’ Soundworks, 2006.
Track 6 originally released on 'Flowers made of Snow' CD-compilation by C.M.I., 2004.
Track 7-11 recorded at the Heilige Feuer II Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2001. Originally released on 'The Empty Hollow Unfolds' Special Expanded Edtion Double-CD by Retortae (elixir 7), 2014.