Still in China but keeping an eye on things. The organizers are doing the very best they can right now concidering the circumstances:/ Updates about the twists and turns:
I can´t say I´m any expert when it comes to this kind of music and was only familiar with a very few of the performing artists, but I was very happy to be there. Loved all the dark stuff, the crowd was really cool and dedicated, nice people in general and the organizers and the crew (including the crew dog Balder who stayed in his own trailer outside the venue) were amazing. And there were always coffee and something to eat :D Met a bunch of old friends and also made a couple of new ones. For me the most memorable performances were by Sephiroth, Mortiis, Ordo Rosarius Eq and In Slaughter Natives, just to single out some.
Due to venue rules I wasn´t allowed to shoot from the pit in the front (because the curtain in the pit and because it would have delayed the bands getting on and off stage. Go figure xD) and trying to bully my way to the frontline was not an option because that would have been disturbing and annoying for everyone trying to focus on the performances. So I couldn´t really go and explore the space:)) But as always one just have to work with what you´ve got, and in the end get a bunch of crappy pics and some cool ones.
Thanks to everyone involved and here´s some snapshots taken with various of devices.
Before it all started…
“A dark ritual project, playing eerie and haunting industrial ambient music with a satanic background, obsessive percussions and frightening demonic voices. The original line-up consisted of Tomas Pettersson (later to form Ordo Rosarius Eq.) and Mikael Stravöstrand. They worked together from 1990 to 1993, then the former went on to form Ordo Equilibrio, while the latter continued under the name Archon Satani, as well as with his other project Inanna” – Discogs
Havard Ellefsen/MORTIIS – the head troll of Dark Dungeon Music performed “Ånden som gjorde Upprør” (Era 1) with some additions and modifications. Extreme amounts of darkness and smoke. Good for the atmosphere, bad for the pictures:)
“I don’t just want to do the record as it was back in 1994, but rather excavate it from 1994 and drag it into the new light of the current world, while retaining the atmosphere of the original sound,” – Mortiis [bravewords.com]
“Swedish medieval-ambient/neoclassical band founded in 1994 and led by Peter Bjärgö. Debut album is 1996 “Dark Age Of Reason” on Cold Meat Industry.” – Discogs
“I don’t make— and it’s never been my intention to make— music in order to be liked. I create it for me, because I have a need. If others like it, it adds an extra dimension of pleasure”
– Jouni Havukainen in lastdaydeaf.com [May 2016]
“Mind your own, avoid subordinating, stay away from collecting points for correctness, if possible, save a large amount of respect for others or others’ values, but don’t walk the line, take as much time as possible with nature and create as much as possible; it doesn’t matter what as long as you create.”
– Jouni Havukainen: Personal definition of being alive in lastdaydeaf.com [May 2016]
“The name is taken from a sentence in a book by Carl Gustav Jung, something like this “the individuation is the raison d’être of the self”. At the time when I started raison d’être I was reading a lot of Jung literature and his thoughts has inspired both my life and my work. Raison d’être is a very existential term and can be used in a lot of different ways. I think it is a beautiful word and everyone can find his or her own meaning of it.”
– Peter Andersson in Ikonen Mag. (probably ages ago)
“The name itself derives from Chapter 3 of Aleister Crowley’s Liber AL vel Legis. The passage reads in full: “I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia—but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; & nought remains.” (AL III:72) Itself thought to be a reference to Ain Soph.” – Wiki
“Desiderii Marginis was formed by Johan Levin in 1993 in Mjölby, Sweden as a solo project. The first three tapes Consecrare, Via Peregrinus and Triptych were originally released in very limited editions, however in 2009 these tracks were released on the retrospective album Years Lend a Golden Charm. Some of these songs appeared in new versions on Songs Over Ruins, the debut album released on Cold Meat Industry in 1997.” – Wiki
“In the winter of 1990 Morthond was created as a one-man project of Benny Nilsen. The idea was to make visual music without any moving pictures with coincidence as a main inspiration.” (from “Karmanik Collection”)
In 1992 the name “Morthond” was changed to “Morthound”
“Maschinenzimmer 412 (currently known as Mz.412) are the inventors of the so called “black industrial”, a dark and haunting music which mixes industrial noise, ritual ambient and black metal atmospheres. The mastermind behind the project is Henrik “Nordvargr” Björkk (often credited as Kremator), aided by different people with each release.”
Friday finale and an end for a truly epic evening!! Sadly missed the CMI30 pre party with Nordvargr on thursday:/
“Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio rose from the ashes of Archon Satani in May 1993 as founding member Tomas Pettersson felt the need to project his remaining creativity through the aesthetic kinship of Balance – Light and Dark, Life and Death, Male and Female – and thus, the genesis of Equilibrium and the advancement beyond into the perfection of Roses.”
– Band bio
Band Members: Tomas Pettersson (Vocals & Tyranny) Rose-Marie Larsen (Vocals & Debauchery) Ronnie Bäck (Guitar, Backing Vocals & Sorcery) Fredrik Leijström (Bass & Adultery) Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe (Percussions & Liberty)
“Sephiroth was created in the year 1990 by Ulf Söderberg, through a genuine and burning interest for myths, rituals, and enigmatic monuments and places erected by mankind itself. Influenced by Graeme Revell, Lustmord and Nurse With Wound, Sephiroth relate stories about the inexorable and destructive power of Time, mankind’s futile attempts of resistance, and the sunken cities, fallen towers, and overgrown ruins that this has resulted in. Dark eerie soundscapes and ritualistic drums are combined with own field recordings from places like Cairo, Iceland and gloomy Nordic forests.” – discogs.com
“What can we say about Roger Karmanik? How can we even estimate his contribution to the most extreme and experimental aspects of power electronic music ? The captain of the legendary Cold Meat Industry gave the boost to the darkest and wildest sounds of industrial music and, through his own project BDN, disturbed by the power of sound, the brutality of words, the simplicity of the spoken horror, Karmanik defined Death as Bright and revealed the aspects of his own world that few dare to bring up clear.” – Last Day Deaf
“There´s a big gap between what exist and what possibly could….. Deutsch Nepal try to fill that gap by concidering what is true, what is pure and possible. With an conviction of the purity of it´s own distorted creation Deutsch Nepal twist the truth and turn the impossible into a reality existing only inside your head.
Never mind this statement …. mind the gap!” – Deutsch Nepal (Official)
**The name “Deutsch Nepal” is derived from the track of the same name released in 1972 by German krautrock legend Amon Düül II.
**Lina Der Baby Doll General is an alias for Peter Andersson
**Lina, along with Brighter Death Now’s Roger Karmanik co-founded the label Cold Meat Industry.