Swedish cult label Cold Meat Industry has officially ceased to be. In an announcement on the label's Facebook page, founder Roger Karmanik (Brighter Death Now) stated his reasons for closing the label that has been home to artists such as Mortiis, Raison d'être, The Protagonist, Rome, Arcana and Ordo Rosarius Equilibrium:
“Hey all! Cold Meat Industry is Dead! I thought you ought to officially announce this..., and I should have told you long before.... But briefly: it has been hard to admit it... and to let it go! I am confident of my decision. I had a lots of fun during the years of creating CMI and I've learned it made a massive impact on the music scene. Being in the middle of this creative storm I got personally drained, it emptied my body of strength, and happiness. It caused me deep depression, alcoholism, and misery. I, who thought I was invincible... It was hard to admit to me, and also to all people around me. Now, I am finding the way back to my innerself, and exploring life again - and music! I am proud of what I have done, but will not rest with that! Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, the Familygrave is sealed!”
Cold Meat Industry was founded by Karmanik in 1987 and served as a vehicle to release music by his own band Brighter Death Now and a host of other like-minded artists. The label's wealth of industrial, noise, ambient and neoclassical artists had a significant impact on both the gothic and industrial genres in the mid 90s.
The announcement of the closure has come only days after Karmanik announced he planned to tour Brighter Death Now along with Deutsch Nepal and Raison d'être this Autumn.