Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio

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Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio
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Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio live at the Amphi festival 2011
Background information
Also known as ORE
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Apocalyptic folk
Martial industrial
Neoclassical darkwave
Dark ambient
Years active 1993 - Present
Labels Cold Meat Industry
Associated acts Triarii
In Slaughter Natives
Voice of Hate
Website Official website
Members Tomas Pettersson
Rose-Marie Larsen
Fredrik Leijström
Ronnie Bäck
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.[1] 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.[2] 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",[3] 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",[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.


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


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