Band interview in the Fireworks Magazine

You’ll find an interview of the band and single version of White Shadow on the latest issue (#72) of the Fireworks Magazine! Enjoy! Fireworks Magazine issue 72

ReMix 2015 All I Need

To continue the work of remixing the songs from Land of Hope, we thought All I Need would be an easy one, as it has only vocals and a string quartet. Well, easy or not but it was fun! All I Need was originally composed for acoustic guitar and vocal. It used to be the…

ReMix 2015 Stop The Machine!

This summer has been unusually cold and wet here in Finland. One has to find something to do indoors, like cleaning and general housekeeping. In the attic we stumbled on to a box containing the hard drive from year 2000 that had the Pro Tools sessions for the Ideal Standards Vol. 1 album. I had…

Stranger In My Hometown_alt mix

An alternative mix for a song from the album Land of Hope. Stranger In My Hometown_alt mix 2015 The second track from the Land of Hope album was always a bit tough nut to crack, especially during the mixing stage. Well – here is an attempt to make things right! An alternative mix kindly mastered…

Special holiday season prices for all CDs!

Hi! Now it’s the best time of the year to buy our music! We have lowered the physical album prices to match those of a digital downloads and CD Baby is even having a three day shipping campaign, so please, go to our web-store STORE or to cdbaby and buy some CDs from your favorite Finnish prog-group! The lower prices are valid until the end of this year. Thank you for making 2014 a special year for us! 😀

Still trying to find the perfect gift for the music-lover in your life? We wanted to let you know that CD Baby is charging only 1¢ for shipping when you purchase our music on between December 1st and 3rd.
Whether you buy 1 disc or 100, it’s only ONE PENNY for standard domestic or international shipping – TOTAL.
You can find our music right here: ContemporaryDeadFinnishMusicEnsemble
Here’s to a music-filled holiday season!

English translation of a German review

Big thanks to an Austrian fan who translated this rather progressive German review of Dark Matters into English! Kathi, we love you! 😀

“Scandinavia, a subcontinent where reindeer and moose say good night? Even Reindeer-moose should have been seen there. Further one has to admit that there is always good and original Prog-stuff coming from Scandinavia – a scanned scandal? No, more a scandi-navi-gating phenomen. So far this album reminds me on the unfortunately faded respectively zombie-like King Crimsom (I only belive – despite all emphasis – that the chimney kings are still alive when I hear brand new sounds coming out of the chimneys!) and Gentle Giant or on recent bands as Diablo Swing Orchestra and Thieves‘ Kitchen. But the disk is certainly no plagiarism and that’s why the Scandinavians will neither get into hot water nor will they be locked up in a room together with Peter Greenaways film-protagonists cook, thief, his wife and her lover. In most of the pieces wonderful slightly jazzy saxophone-sounds join the euphonius hybrids.

The team – … – is vocally represented in many facets by Katja Sirkiä, Mikko Jokinen, Minja Aho and Leevi Pesonen; the instruments are played extremely versed by Janne Murto (tenor-saxophone), Antti Pesonen (guitar, keybords, programming and soundscapes), Pate Kivinen (hammond orgue, moog and mini-moog), Qumma (warr guitar), Eero Uurtimo (bass) as well as Tuomo Lassila (drums and percussion – by the way a founding member of Stratovarius).

Apart from some esthetic/beautiful vocal- and melody-lines this disk has more or less nothing in common with the neo-prog of „canned-supermarket-music“. More as an antithesis you again and again find some weird and partly even dissonant parts – planned tonal obselence.

Find Neo: failure/dead loss! One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Fortunately I am one of the „meat-men“ so that I also take delight in the text-concept, which picks out homo sapiens sapiens‘ dark sides as a central theme. For only if one is being confronted with his own shades or confronts himself, he is able to transcend. That’s also the bands slogan for the album „dark matters“ ex umbris ad lucem – there is nothing to add, just that the CD with its 52,5 minutes is too fast over and that there will hopefully be a new release soon.” -Frank Bender, Ragazzi

A new favorable review of Dark Matters!

Ragazzi-music review auf Deutch

Here comes a review from our German friends which is quite progressive on it’s own, talking about reindeers and racing with mooses and Peter Greenaway movies and such… :mrgreen:  Anyway, it seems that they liked the album because in their opinion it ended too soon and they are looking forward very much to our next album! Danke schön!!  😀

Black Mist on the DPRP-Radio!

Click the link to listen to the latest DPRP Radio Show featuring great songs from great bands, including Black Mist from CDFME.  😎


Listen to the Latest Show – New Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Galahad and Flying Colours | DPRP Radiowww.dprp.netIt’s another all-new edition as we catch up on more of the great new Progressive releases from Pineapple Thief, Jason Rubenstein, Contemporary Dead Finnish Music Ensemble,…

Dutch Progressive Rock Page reviews Dark Matters!

DPRP review

Regarded as one of the best progressive music websites, the Dutch DPRP has published a review of “Dark Matters”. As usual, their review is comprehensive, detailed and very well written. Please, check it out! 🙂

“Overall this is a very interesting concept album, with an excellent production and sound. Certainly the band emerges into the brightness throughout this piece of work.” – Alan Weston, DPRP

Ideal Standards review on ProgArchives

ProgArchives reviewer “apps79” writes about the music on Ideal Standards Vol. 1 much better than we ever could. We thank you Sir!

“The album brings to mind the spacey and grandiose approach of AYREON or the bombastic/melodic sound of EXPLORER’S CLUB and comes like an interesting mix of Space Rock, Heavy Prog and modern Neo Prog, where the tracks are carefully measured but at the same time quite demanding. The music relies heavily upon Sirkiä’s crystalline vocals, Antti Pesonen’s nice rhythm guitars and intricate solos and Jalava’s diverse keyboard parts.”Ideal Standards Vol. 1” is extremely lyrical, but it contains also plenty of good instrumental ideas with spacey synthesizers, bombastic tunes and melodic textures.” — apps79, ProgArchives

Read the whole review!

Our music now also on Bandcamp!

Our music now also on Bandcamp!


The leading Finnish prog-magazine Colossus reviews the Dark Matters!

”Scene II, The Lunatic – Black Monk is a true masterpiece within a masterpiece.”

“This makes Dark Matters one of the most prominent Finnish releases of the year and probably the same applies to the foreign releases as well.”

“As even the language presents no problems, Dark Matters suits very well as an export-item of the Finnish progressive music know-how.“

– Teijo Salminen, Colossus Magazine #46

A Favorable review of “Dark Matters” in SOS!

To our great and very pleasurable surprise Sound On Sound magazine wrote a review of Dark Matters! Are we on the roll?! 🙂 Couple of quotes:

“The slickness of the production, the musical self‑restraint — and the formidable vocals add up to a surprisingly listener‑friendly experience.”

“CDFME’s strength is that they’re not as self‑indulgent as many of their contemporaries, and the album is all the more compelling as a result.”

–Chris Korff /

Those lucky who are subscribers of this world’s best and highly respected audio magazine will be able to read the whole review free online.

Nice review in Hifimaailma by ProgePirkka

“Despite the dark name and the atmosphere the world of sound is tingling bright and dynamic. The sound picture is clear, the singer present and the low-end groans with authority of a magnificent complexity without the nuances being lost.” The whole review (in Finnish) at: review in