Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
|Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio|
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio live at the Amphi festival 2011
|Also known as||ORE|
|Years active||1993 - Present|
|Labels||Cold Meat Industry|
In Slaughter Natives
Voice of Hate
|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 gone and replaced by Rose-Marie Larsen. This also spawned a change in the bandname; the word Rosarius was added. The group has so far released five albums, one 10" and a split album with Spiritual Front.
The band's musical style has been described as "apocalyptic folk", a neofolk subgenre. The name Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio can be translated to "Order of the Rose and the Balance" from Latin (See Ordo Templi Orientis).
In its sombre lyrics, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio combines seemingly incompatible polarities, such as "creation and destruction, dark and light, joy and sorrow, sex and war", often using Christian and specifically Catholic symbols. Other connotations are however used, like in Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion And Pornography (CCCP) opening with the national anthem of the Soviet Union. Sources of inspiration are well-known prophets of Dystopia; for example Aleister Crowley and William Blake. Other influences include 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. Occultism and gnosticism in general largely make up the themes of the band. BDSM topics are also often featured and in the first years, sadomasochism was performed live on stage as well.
A wide range of instruments are used, including acoustic guitars, percussions and piano, together with all sorts of 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|
|2015||Vision: Libertine - The Hangman's Triad||Double-LP/CD||Out Of Line||OUT 786|
- Igor Vaganov Ordo Equilibrio interview on Achtung Baby!
- 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