THE EMPTY HOLLOW UNFOLDS
ALBUM COLD MEAT INDUSTRY RELEASE:
MARCH 31, 2000 REVIEW: APRIL 28, 2000
This is the biggest musical surprise so far this year. The industrial
ambient of Raison D'Ítre's earlier outings have never really impressed me,
but now, all of a sudden, they strike an unexpected nerve and come up with
what feels like one of the most ambitious and credible records of the genre
in the last few years.
Building tensions up slowly, "The Empty Hollow Unfolds" has a sense of held
back dramatics that is absolutely overwhelming when listened to carefully.
Instead of relying upon the average noise cascades or anonymous ambient
atmospheres, Raison D'Ítre paints intensely emotional pictures using low
frequency bass, sudden attacks of scraping, screeching metal and tormented
chanting, that is not that far from amazing drum'n'bass artist The Third Eye
Foundation's wordless and sad sampled wailing. "The Empty Hollow Unfolds"
depicts an almost ancient sadness, projecting images of cold, grey and
barren landscapes of the sort one could imagine the Xenobites of the
"Hellraiser" movies wander around in.
Unlike so many other "dark" artists it feels like Raison D'Ítre actually
have something to say, and a great way of saying it.