Alchymeia

by RAISON D'ÊTRE

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Televiper
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Televiper Another brooding, lightless masterwork of spectral dark ambient. Favorite track: Albedo.
Odile A. O. Strik / Evening of Light
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Odile A. O. Strik / Evening of Light In a sense the latest album Alchymeia is an answer to the question posed by the project’s name: raison d’être. Spiritual alchemy is not the purpose of being, not a reason in that sense. More profoundly, it is the thing that allows the true self to be in the first place, the most basic reason that the self exists and does not not exist.

www.eveningoflight.nl/2018/04/09/dreaming-the-self-awakening-the-self/ Favorite track: Nigredo.
This Is Darkness
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This Is Darkness Alchymeia struck me immediately as a so-called return-to-form. Veteran listeners should find everything they love about raison d’être in this release. The samples of a thousand clattering bells, chimes and random metallic objects are present through every track. The drones are sometimes crushing and sometimes light as a feather. But the thing that will likely be the most welcome is the frequency of chants. Full review:
www.thisisdarkness.com/2018/02/10/raison-detre-alchymeia-review/ Favorite track: Citrinitas.
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    CD edition of 1000 Copies in 6 panel Digisleeve.

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    Vinyl edition of 300 Copies in Gatefold Sleeve. 4 Tracks. Running Time 71:06

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It’s with great honour that we present the latest album by Swedish dark ambient stalwart raison d’être. This time Peter Andersson scrutinizes the paths of Carl Gustav Jung's notions of archetypes and the individuation process. Just like Mise en Abyme, the previous raison d'être album from 2014, Alchymeia is diving deep down to the shadows of the unconsciousness, and back to a dawn of the true Self. Confronting the shadow within is the darkest time of despair. There seems no way forward, only down. All is blackening and decomposed. Suddenly, through an enantiodromia, the ever deepening descent into the unconscious transmogrifies and becomes gradually illuminated. The melancholia is being purified. Alchymeia is in a sense the “raison d'être” of raison d'être, a shadowy journey through our unconscious the individuation process and archetypes. This release also marks the first time a raison d'être album will be available on vinyl.

CD edition of 1000 Copies in 6 panel Digisleeve. 4 Tracks.
Vinyl edition of 300 Copies in Gatefold Sleeve. 4 Tracks.

Digital edition in 24bit - 96khz Exclusive to Bandcamp

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released January 31, 2018

Sounds, structures and K-14 level mastering by Peter Andersson 2017.
Artwork by Nihil.

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