Cold Meat Industry

The Protagonist * Interim (mcd 2005 cold meat industry)

I had to wait so long for this cd that when I was looking for the cover, I noticed that the new album “Songs Of Experience” is (almost) out. Since this is a mcd, I can be short about it. The Protagonist made bombastic orchestral music on the debut album “A Rebours” (1999), but the sound got much more bombastic on this mcd, more in the direction of Sophia or Karjalan Sissit. Nice! The last song is more tranquil though. Very nice, I am curious about the upcoming full-length.

Sophia * Spite (cd 2002 cold meat industry)

Mr Pettersson is so active that I stopped buying everything he releases. I don’t have the latest Arcana releases and I skipped the mcd that came before this full-length. Besides the endless flood of releases there is the point that most releases are good, but not brilliant, this also goes for “Spite”. The 45-minute cd starts with a dark ambient track that goes over in the bombastic industrial style that we came to know Sophia for. The second track is another quite heavy piece with harmonic singing (very nice!) and there are also more of the militant sounds. Something new are the vocals (sung or more in a grunt-way) which definately adds something to the music. Of course the sound is still very orchestral and the beats are still out-of-proportionally loud which I always found the most wonderfull thing about this project. The cd doesn’t sound too much like the previous releases but you immediately hear that it is Sophia. Like with the previous cds that is heavy industrial and dark ambient, some tracks are brilliant, other not too much. Overall another nice cd. I don’t like the artwork and the cover too much, but the photos inside the booklet are wonderfull. All of ‘industrial equipment’. <29/6/02><3>

Sophia * Herbstwerk (cd+mcd 2001 cold meat industry)

Pretty short after a debut cd and a 10″ (see elsewhere), there is a second cd on Cold Meat which contains the 10″ as 3″ free bonus mcd. Again the style is bombastic industrial. Fairly tranquil (dark ambient) music with extremely heavy beats and marchdrums. Also live this sounds pretty damn impressive. The music on this second cd is more varried than on the debut, which is more or less built around one idea. The resemblances with label mate and studio-master In Slaughter Natives become more obvious, but who cares? I like Peter’s bombastic orchestrated and heavy industrial as much as the better ISN recordings and since mr Havukainen isn’t too productive with his own music, Sophia comes as a welcome alternative. Of coursrse the two don’t sound fully alike and Sophia also has some ambient-like things on his cd, which are quite well-done as well.
Oh, and I keep complaining about the recent CMI cds lay-outs, this one is simple, but beautiful. <4/7/01> <4>

Sophia * Sigillum Militia (cd 2001 cold meat industry)

As you may have heard Sophia is a solo project of Peter Petterson of Arcana. However I am not a very big Arcana fan I ordered this cd because it was said to be darker and more martial than Arcana. Sophia lives up most of what I hoped for.
This short cd (40 min) opens with a very nice dark industrial track and continues with an Arcana-like track with fierce drumming. Further the cd is full of dark ambient and industrial and bombastic martial and medievalish sounding tracks that definately proves this to be from the same mind as Arcana, but what I like a lot better. Only the irritating two minutes of nothing and the seven minute last track aren’t too good in my ears. <27/1/01> <4>

Sephiroth * Draconian Poety (cd 2005 cold meat industry)

In 1997 Sephiroth made his debut on the “The Absolute Supper” compilation of CMI. A great haunting ambient track with a rhythmical/industrial break in the middle. The first cd “Cathedron” (1999 CMI) more or less did the same trick a few times more. Now, six years later, Sephiroth still does the same. There is no progression in the sound whatsoever. Most of the tracks begin tranquil, ambient and gloomy, either or not going over in a heavy outburst to return to tranquil sounds again. Not that this is badly done, but when you have the first track of Sephiroth, you more or less have them all. This cd is not completely boring, but especially the fact that the same rhythms and sounds are repeated again on this album, makes “Draconian Poetry” rather disapointing.

Sephiroth * Cathedrone (cd 1999 cold meat industry)

Some of you will know Sephiroth from his contribution to the legendary 10 years aniversery double compilation cd of Cold Meat Industry. Then it was a new name, but the contribution was nontheless extremely interesting. A nice piece of dark ambient which is halfway the track disturbed by a piece of heavy industrial.
Actually I can say the same for every track on Cathedrone. It’s good, mind you, but every track is very similar. Most start off with a nice piece of dark ambient in de good old CMI-vein, and halfway there’s a piece of industrial and the track closes off with the dark ambient. There might have been some more variation in the cd to make it better. Hopefully a next time.

Sanctum * Let’s Eat (cd 2004 cold meat industry)

I don’t often do that, but I crossed the internet for reviews of this cd before I ordered it. It seemed that it has a progressive sound and many people only started to like it after a few rounds in the player. I have heard it a few times, but for most songs I liked this cd the first time already. The ‘Sanctum-sound’ remained in a way. They have a dramatic industrial sound, but there are no tranquil tracks as on their debut. In fact, this new cd is ‘even’ somewhat louder than “New York City Bluster”. The sound is indeed unlike other industrial bands, but “Let’s Eat” does (in my opinion) not bring something entirely new, it is mostly like “New York City Bluster”. Still I am glad that there are still bands trying to make something not too casual and the result we have here is certainly one of the better industrial releases of late.

Sanctum * New York City Bluster (cd 2000 cold meat industry)

After a contribution to the 1995 compilation “And Even The Wolves…” Sanctum became (with Arcana) one of the most asked after new signings of the cultlabel Cold Meat Industry from Sweden. In the next year the debut cd was released. However the music of Sanctum was not really like most other releases of this label, Sanctum was by many regarded as the best band on CMI. The music on “Lupus In Fabula” is best described as heavenly industrial. Softer and harder industrial with a lot of orchestral influences, but most strikingly: the magnificent vocals of Marika Ljungberg. Another thing with which Sanctum differs from other CMI-acts is that they like to play live and do that a lot. This was mostly proven on the CMI-festival in Erlangen (Germany) in the summer of 1996 where their show stood with head and shoulders above the rest. This show did much good to their ‘status’.
After this it had been silent until the CMI 10-years-aniversary-compilation-cd “The Absolute Supper” on which Sactum’s contribution showed some differences between the style on the cd. That this was a new direction was proven by the 1998 10″ “The Answer To His Riddle” which was fairly harsch.
Now we are two years further and here is a new ‘Sanctum’ album. Sanctum between ”’s, because there is a story to this cd.
Sanctum was asked to come and play in the States at a few occasions and do a show for a small tv-station. A promotional tour so to say. Unfortunately Marika and Lena were unable to join Jan and Håkan who went without the ladies. They decided to do a “cross-over” between their different projects, so “New York City Bluster” does not only contain live-material, but not only of Sanctum either. Therefor this cd is not really representative for the sound of Sanctum.
The first two tracks are new Sanctum tracks which follow up “The Answer…” really well. From “Lupus In Fabula” you will hear “Decay”and “In Two Minds”. Further there is a large part of the “Parca Pace” solo cd of Jan Carleklev which was released at the end of 1999 on Flaming Fish Music (see elsewhere in these pages) . Parca Pace stands for triballic industrial. Track 6 is “a step in the world of Mago” which I think is a project of Håkan Paulssen. This track is quite noisy industrial of style. Next up is a song originally written for a dance-performance and is actually one of the least-rhythmical tracks of the album. It opens very orchestral (almost neo-classical), but has an industrial end again. The last track is a piece of noise.
Throughout the whole album, the vocals of Jan are distorted more than we are used to.
All in all it is a pretty nice cd, but I think it is a little misleading to release it under the monicker “Sanctum”.

Rome * Berlin (mcd 2006 cold meat industry) + Nera (cd 2006 cold meat industry)

It took so long before I got the mcd, that I received the full cd two days earlier. Rome are the new stars on CMI. I no longer automatically buy new CMI-cds, but the mp3 snippets from Rome did make me want to hear this new band, and I’m glad I did! Rome acts somewhere between ConSono, Coph Nia (on the mcd) and popular military acts such as Von Thronstahl, Thoroidh, HERR or Dernière Volonté. Industrial, ambient, tranquil (orchestral) music with male vocals and especially on the full-length a lot of acoustic and soft electric guitars. The result is a nice original sound with good to stunning songs with often a veru full sound with many layers of samples. CMI surely did it again and found a great band. Rome may even come close in musical quality to Coph Nia and that surely is something to say. Rome should be bought by lovers of CMI-music, but surely also by those who listen to military pop or atmospheric industrial.

Raison D’Être * The Empty Hollow Unfolds (cd 2000 cold meat industry)

Here we have the sixth real cd of this ancient CMI-act. Further there have been rework cds and a whole bunch of tapes. Anyway, people who like Raison D’Être will not be surprised when they buy “The Empty Hollow…”, since it contains the usual Raison D’Être ingredients: dark drones, stretched up and slowed down samples (gregorian chants and violin) and the usual atmospheric melodies. Yet still it is done really well and and I can that “The Empty Hollow…” is nothing less than a new masterpiece from the mind of Peter Andersson. What more is there to say?