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Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio – Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio - Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion, and Pornography

As the Spring equinox passes and  the Summer solstice approaches, you may find the light of the new dawn to be a bit too bright. For those looking for something dark to shroud yourself in, here is Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography. Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio has awoken from their two-year dormancy to release another dark gem of ritualistic post-industrial ballads. Released in July of 2003, Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography is the best work released by Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio to date. This album is the most sexualized post-industrial music that has been recorded. The artists combine elements of sexuality, orgies and fetishism with darker themes of war, treason, intoxication and Satanism. Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is not afraid to go where their souls lead them.

Post-industrial music is known for its darker themes and neutered approach towards sexuality. Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio has successfully brought this wall down, uniting the darker aspects of humanity with themes of sexual liberation and social revolution. Now many readers may be pulling back thinking I am leading you into the musical equivalent of a low-budget B-movie with an obsession towards gratuitous sex and horror. Do not fear the darkness. Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio will far surpass your expectations of gothic or industrial music. Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography is Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio’s eighth album in a ten-year long career, and after ten years and eight albums, the band has proven that their unique blend of dark esotericism, sexuality and music prowess is still relevant, powerful and untouchable. This most recent album was mastered at Erubus Odora Studios, home of the bombastic martial band Sophia. For fans of the bands Arcana and Sophia, this is obviously a very tantalizing morsel of information.

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio

The music of Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is a somber mixture of acoustic guitar, orchestral strings, piano and bombastic drums with a slight infection of industrial ambience. Song structures tend to build around looped melodies and hypnotic percussion. Using pounding drums and harnessed orchestration, the band creates a tapestry of sound that heralds from the ancient halls of forgotten war gods. The music is at once dark and menacing while soaring forth like some great and hungry beast. The compositions create an overall ritualistic feeling steeped in occultism and shadow. Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography could not be a more appropriate title as the lyrical content of the album focuses upon an in-depth exploration of these four subjects. The themes above manifest as musical forays into intoxication, war, anarchism, betrayal, revolution, prosecution, censorship, treason, murder, religion, magick, Satan, renewal, occultism, sexuality, fetishism, sex and feminine archetypes. It is all here: sex, death, spirituality, and cocktails! The album is a Heathen’s dream.

The album begins with the Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography Anthem – Intro. The anthem is sung in a foreign language. From the sound of the song, I suspect it is a national anthem from some Communist-era country. Imposed upon the chorus of voices is the discrete moaning of a woman. Be these moans of pain or pleasure? Maybe both? Sampling archived sound-footage is not unusual in this genre, but mixing it in with the sounds female orgasm is. The second song of the album is one of my favorites; entitled Sheep for a Lifetime or Lion for a Day, the song addresses the issue of the silent few who wade through the flock, the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing. Do we remain docile as sheep and reap a long life, or do we live fiercely and independently, albeit briefly? Being the first formal song on the album, it definitely sets the tone for the rest of the listening experience. If you find yourself answering the question that O.R.E. poses with “I would rather be a sheep for my lifetime”, then this album is probably not for you.

The third song on the album has stayed with me well beyond my first listening, entitled “Remember Depravity and the Orgies of Rome”. I am keeping my comments brief, as I believe the lyrics of this song will best communicates the artistic vision of this band. Envision pounding drums accompanied by a chorus of disembodied voices that sing in synch with the pulsing rhythm. The entire song seethes with ritual and magick. Female groans and moans drift across the track; the song transports the listener into the heart of Bacchus’ ancient court and into the lap of hedonistic pleasure. The lyrics are spoken softly and firmly by a male voice that invokes this decadent scene.

Let us drink with the dead and delinquent
Let us bring in the women and bring in the wine
Let us drink with the women of crimson
Let us raise our glasses and remember the times

When women loved women and men ravished men
Let our bottomless glasses be emptied again
Let us drink with the fire that quenches our thirst
Let us drink with each other and ravish the earth

Remember depravity I give you the sun
Remember debauchery and the orgies of Rome
Remember depravity I give you the sun
Remember debauchery and the orgies of Rome

Let us drink to the drunk and indulgent
Let us bring in the apples and slice them in two
Let us drink for today and forever

One half is for Caesar and one is for you
Let us drink to the rise of forever
Let us bring in the fires and bring in the men

Let us cleanse in the wines of forever
Let us drink to Rome and ravish again

Remember depravity I give you the sun
Remember debauchery and the orgies of Rome
Remember depravity I give you the sun
Remember debauchery and the orgies of Rome

The song is much longer, but that should be a nice taste. This is but one of many memorable songs on Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography. Unlike many bands, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio dares to explore forbidden lore from sexuality and intoxication to social revolution and spiritual exaltation of the decadent. Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography is a masterpiece of music. Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio merge the darkest sounds of the post-industrial genre with stunning orchestral power. The post-industrial musical genre needs a good dose of fetishism and sexuality amidst its ranks, and Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is delivering it.

Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography is a spiraling descent into the dark heart of humanity. This album delivers strong themes of independence, revolution, intoxication, indulgence, sexual liberation and left-hand-path spirituality.  Radical Faeries of the new moon whose spiritual practices are defined by the darker side of spirituality are encouraged to experience Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography. Anarchists and social deviants that have a gothic streak will find the politics and themes attractive as well. Lastly, those that are new to this form of music, yet feel ready for an exploration of intoxication, war & death, religion & spirituality and fetishistic sexuality will want to harvest this album.

The entire album can be used as musical format for numerous rituals. Ranging from self-empowerment to combat magick, any number of themes in the music can be used in a personal ritual context. Anyone seeking to visit the ancient court of Bacchus or the halls of the war god Mars may find their transport here. O.R.E. is blazing a new path in music that unites sexuality, spirituality and the shadow. Do not miss this opportunity to experience these artists whose vision is paralleled in the world of music.

Two is company, three is an orgy.”

Track List:

01) Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion, and Pornography: Anthem – Intro
02) Sheep for a Lifetime or Lion for a Day
03) Remember Depravity and the Orgies of Rome
04) Tango for the Concession of the Suspender Princess
05) In the Midst of Flaming Ruins – Desire of the Few
06) It was the Day of Lucifer Rising
07) For the Good of Humankind
08) In High Heels through Nights of Broken Glass
09) Serpent Kisses and Serpent Smiles – Inside the Order of Roses and Equilibrium
10) Eucharist – Liturgy of 6
11) Mary Dances in the Shadow – The Holiest of Harlots
12) Regression and the Return to Paradise Extinct
13) Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion, and Pornography: Anthem – Outro

Written by: Malahki Thorn
Originally Published: Monday, October 18th, 2004 @ 04:23 PM PDT
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Neoclassical / Martial / Neofolk