On the 24th of August, 22:26 CET, I received a note that I had a new newsletter from Cold Meat Industry. Of course, I was eager to read it as they were going to release the new Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and I couldn’t wait to get it. “Apocalips orders accepted!”, it said. “CD will be in stock the 4th of September”, it said. Needless to say, as an O.R.E. fan, I immediately ordered it. Just as the newsletter had promised, the package from Cold Meat Industry arrived in early September, and it included my Apocalips. I shook all over and felt my heart beating in my body, so I grabbed the CD and stuffed it into the stereo. I took the booklet out just in time to read the lyrics as Tomas Pettersson began singing and reciting them; it was an amazing moment.
Ever since I discovered O.R.E.’s Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography, I’ve been hooked. I have purchased every CD that exists with the Rosarius portion of their name on it, from the dawn of the project with Make Love and War (The Wedlock of Roses). The other ones — released under the name Ordo Equilibrio — will be bought in the future. I visited their gig in Arnhem with IRM, and it was always money very well spent. Considering Apocalips, buying it was also no mistake; from the first song to the last one, you know why you love O.R.E., why you keep supporting them in every conceivable way, and why they are, without a doubt, on the top of the present-day apocalyptic folk scene.
No nonsense, just art. A booklet comes with the album, which has on every left page a photograph of a different flower in beautiful white, purple, and black hues, and on every right page, the lyrics to the songs. All of the floral photographs have been taken by Tomas himself. Only one flower remains as a bud, the one that accompanies the ninth song, “When we Murdered the World on the Fourteenth of May”. Why it’s closed is left unclear, but the correlation with the track title is too blatant to be coincidence. What happened on 14th of May anyway that’s so bad? Make you selection here.
I’m not going to dig into the songs this time; it won’t do the listener or O.R.E. any good to do so. You will have to listen to them to be convinced, though I get the impression that anyone reading this review is already well-aware of what O.R.E. have accomplished in the past through their music. Of course, if you are indeed unsure, you can simply go to their website to listen. Give it a while to work its way through you, let the music get to you, don’t just listen to it, but hear it. On Apocalips, Tomas is reciting his lyrics in a more melodic manner than on previous efforts, almost singing. I can only react with amazement at this, as I loved how he sung on “Never before at the Beauty of Spring” on The Wedlock of Roses, and it is my hope that they’ll make a song as beautiful and relaxed as that again one day.
Apocalips, the lips from which we all are born, the lips to which we all return. Kiss them, embrace them, love them. If you can play vinyl, get the CD version instead. You’ll have two bonus tracks that way, both collaborations. One with In Slaughter Natives, and one with Hëmd. Now, no more words; go buy this release, as it’s one of the best of 2006, and indulge yourself.
01) [Mercury Rising] Seduced by the Kisses of Cinnabar Sweet
02) Lost Forever, in the Blitzkrieg of Roses
03) Do Murder and Lust Make me a Man?
04) Hear the Sound of a Black Flame Rising
05) Sons and Daughters of Lilith and Cain
06) Hell is my Refuge – A Golden Dawn for a Judas Kiss
07) I Think about Germany and the End of the World
08) Let the Words of my Murder be the Last Words you Hear
09) When we Murdered the World on the Fourteenth of May
10) [Apocalips Kisses] in the Eyes of the Scarlet Ones
11) Can you See the Forest for the Trees?
12) She’s in Love with a Whip – my Venus in Furs
13) Who Stole the Sun from its Place in my Heart?
Written by: ChAwech
Originally Published: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 @ 03:45 PM PDT
Cold Meat Industry (Sweden / CMI141 / 2×12″ LP, CD
Out of Line (Germany) / OUT 512 / CD (2012 Reissue)
Neofolk / Martial / Military Pop / Neoclassical