ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO is back with a vengeance on their latest release “La Fleur du Mal”. The album features four highly competent tracks that reveals a more sinister and oppressive approach to melody making and orchestrations than we have heard from the band in years.
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio’s four songs EP, “La Fleur du Mal,” is an introduction to the comprehensive full-length album, “Nihilist Notes (And the Perpetual Quest 4 Meaning in Nothing),” which will be released on CD in April and will hold only 444 copies.
The “La Fleur du Mal” album consists of tracks depicting a rich, oppressive creation of music and melodies that we have not heard from the band in years. The texts that support the music could be described as nihilistic poetry. Pitch black, abystic anthems. Metaphors and symbols reflecting the world of the past, present, and future, showing cycles of catastrophes and salvations.
01. In the name of the Sun, my Father and the Spirit
02. No time like the Present – La Fleur du Mal
03. Receive the Flame, all you Children of the Sun
04. I am the Son of Daggers, in a Future you forgot
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
|Also known as||ORE|
|Labels||Cold Meat Industry|
|Past members||Chelsea Krook|
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. 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. 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", 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",. 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
- Igor Vaganov Ordo Equilibrio interview on Achtung Baby! Archived 2018-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
- João Monteiro - interview with Tomas Pettersson on Equilibrium Music
- Old news page about Ordo Equilibrio on Achtung Baby!
- Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio on Klicktrack music
- Malahki Thorn - Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio Interview on Heathen Harvest
- Interview with Tomas Petterson on Kogaionon, by Metal Maniacs