Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio live at the Amphi festival 2011
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio live at the Amphi festival 2011
Background information
Also known asORE
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresApocalyptic folk
Martial industrial
Neoclassical darkwave
Dark ambient
Years active1993–present
LabelsCold Meat Industry
MembersTomas Pettersson
Rose-Marie Larsen
Fredrik Leijström
Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe
Past membersChelsea Krook
Ronnie Bäck
Fredrik Bergström
WebsiteOfficial website

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio (ORE) is a neofolk and martial industrial music group from Stockholm. The band is composed of its founding member and vocalist Tomas Pettersson, and Rose-Marie Larsen, who replaced Chelsea Krook on backup vocals. In 2008 Fredrik Leijström and Ronnie Bäck joined the band on bass and guitar.


In 1993, following the discontinuation of Tomas Pettersson's previous band, Archon Satani, he decided to start a new project. This project was initially called Ordo Equilibrio and joined by Chelsea Krook, his then-girlfriend.[1] Together they made three full-length releases and one 7".

In 2001 the band had a change in line-up; Chelsea Krook was replaced by Rose-Marie Larsen.[2] This also spawned a change in the bandname; the word Rosarius was added. The group has so far released eight albums, one 10" and a split album with Spiritual Front.


The band's musical style has been described as "apocalyptic pop",[3] a neofolk subgenre. The name Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio can be translated either as "Rose Order in Equilibrium" or "...for Equilibrium" or "...through Equilibrium" (due to the ambiguity of the Latin form 'equilibrio'). The usage of Latin alludes to the naming conventions of various religious societies.

In its strident, contemplative, or sombre lyrics, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio combines seemingly incompatible polarities, such as "creation and destruction, dark and light, joy and sorrow, sex and war",.[4] The ontology of the pair could be accurately characterised as philosophically Luciferian or Epicurean (often incorporating Christian/Catholic, or Thelemic themes but permuted idiosyncratically). Other areas of focus include the modern experience of present-day Europeans, kink/BDSM, parallels between cycles of nature and the human experience, and anomie. For example, the album Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion And Pornography used the initials CCCP -- Latin characters that appear identical to the abbreviation in Cyrillic for the former Soviet Union—but modified [in the band's analysis of 2003] to indicate what Russia was becoming known for at that time (according to interviews from that period).

Further sources of inspiration include Aleister Crowley, William Blake, the bands Depeche Mode, Laibach, SPK, Death In June, Current 93, Coil, writers Daniil Kharms and Ayn Rand and filmmakers Tinto Brass and Andrew Blake.[5]

In the initial years, the band incorporated sadomasochism live on stage as well.[6]

A wide range of instruments are used, including acoustic guitars, percussion and piano, together with various sound-aggregating devices combined with projected imagery. Lyrics are delivered, typically by Petterson himself, in a performance including spoken word and traditional song.


Year Title Format Producer Catalog #
1995 Reaping the Fallen, The First Harvest (As Ordo Equilibrio) LP/CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.32
1997 The Triumph of Light.... and Thy Thirteen Shadows of Love (As Ordo Equilibrio) LP/CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.44
1997 I4I (As Ordo Equilibrio) 7" Cold Meat Industry CMI.54
1998 Conquest, Love & Self Perseverance (As Ordo Equilibrio) LP/CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.64
2001 Make Love, And War; The Wedlock of Roses CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.84
2001 Make Love, And War; The Wedlock of Equilibrium CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.94
2001 Make Love, And War; The Wedlock of Roses, And Equilibrium Double-LP Cold Meat Industry CMI.84/94
2003 Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion And Pornography LP/CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.124
2005 Satyriasis - Somewhere Between Equilibrium And Nihilism (Split with Spiritual Front) CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.144
2006 Apocalips Double-LP/CD Cold Meat Industry CMI.141
2007 Four 10" Raubbau Raub 001
2009 O N A N I [Practice Makes Perfect] CD+DVD/CD/LP/Picturedisc Cold Meat Industry CMI.191
2010 Do Angels Never Cry, And Heaven Never Fall? CD/Maxi-Single/Enhanced/Limited Edition Out Of Line OUT 425
2010 Songs 4 Hate & Devotion Double-LP/CD Out Of Line OUT 433
2013 4Play CD/EP/Limited Edition/Numbered Out Of Line OUT 588
2016 Vision: Libertine - The Hangman's Triad Double-LP/CD Out Of Line OUT 786
2019 Let's Play (two girls and a goat) LP/CD Out Of Line LC 2947
2022 La Fleur Du Mal EP/CD Out Of Line OUT 1224
2022 Nihilist Notes {And The Perpetual Quest 4 Meaning In Nothing) CD/LP Out Of Line OUT 1169


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