Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio "ONANI (Practice Makes Perfect)"

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Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio "ONANI (Practice Makes Perfect)"

“Glory To Thee, My Beloved Masturbator” was the first track I have listened to, as I have found it a while ago on a compilation… What was I to discover? A sound that was changed completely, based on a superb acoustic guitar, a sum of samples full of new elements, effects and perceptions… Rose Marie’s voice wraps you into a fantastic, erotic universe; the rhythm of the drums virtually pushes you into the mirage of brothels of the past, the very bombastic keyboard being the piece de resistance, continuously imitating a possible trumpet that is inspiringly resonating at the refrain, where Tomas’s voice appears as well, calm, sensual, more like whispered than recited or sang. It’s not NeoFolk, it’s not Dark, not Classical, nor Ambient... it’s just ORDO, but reincarnated, airier as sound, more calm, more Lounge, if you want. The next song I got in contact with was on the night of the concert, where “Can You Hear the Devils Laughing (Or is it just Me)” outlined a dark ORDO, apocalyptic, who shakes hands with an erotic devil in full uncoiling… church bells, crows, sinister moans/groans, oppressive, slow drum rhythms, calm but at all happy voices, more like grave ones… and bells again, moans and crows… I think it is the Darkest ORDO track from the last 5-6 years. And a second new track followed in the concert, towards the end, “I Will Be There; Even after the Flowers are Gone”…”; it left me speechless… it is the most romantic track from the entire ORDO history, where the sound of the accordion breaks any form of breathing and the acoustic guitar tries to cope with an incandescent but very melodic keyboard! This track could be considered a true ballad and I think it will ceaselessly amaze and make happy the live audiences. “Confessions Of A SinFlower” seems to be a sequence that remits an introverted message, based on dynamic percussions and incantations specific to the two voices, while on the background the keyboard was emphasizing an inaccessible universe, the Electro-Industrial note being somewhat more present – something that didn’t really charm me. “(Remember) What you saw is what you reap” is another track where the presence of the accordion gives a special savour to the sound, this time on a slower background, with recited voices, somewhat monotonous if the attention is not on the lyrics. “The Love and Defiance of Being Alive” shows us a different approach, a lot more Pop Rock, but with a somber, darker contour, where the voices remind me of some of the Leonard Cohen tracks, mixed with Nick Cave… But what amazing lyrics! “Let me show you, all the Secrets of the Torture Garden” is a composition with an atypical rhythm, more static, without musicality, only with the two voices that are trying to emphasise the erotic concept through the different sounds belonging to Rose Marie, mixed with some processed male vocal choirs. “Too Late for Innocence, Too Late for the Regret (Four hands please better than Two)” is a track with a sound that is too commercial, more than Pop, slightly Disco, where Tomas’s voice comes through excellently, the approach of this track seems to be different, its label moulding itself too mildly on to the structure of the stave. “Forgive me, I am not Satan, I am Mary just Like You…” seems to be another make lacking melody, life, with an scent of resignation, of isolation from everything, where the accent falls on the lyrics recited by Tomas; a grave and monotonous piano, some keyboard effects and synthetic female voices that make references towards opera... “CUM, and let me lead you far astray” is a completely different song, where the keyboard is more than atmospheric, the guitar is communicating abruptly with the two voices while the sound of the trumpet from the background gives an astral dimension to a track with an amazing set of lyrics! “Amore Rosse, Amore Marrone, Amore Nero…” is a totally experimental choice, with lyrics in Italian, with a dramatic note developed by the drums and keyboard and that’s pretty much it… although it probably has a message to pass on, but I haven’t caught it… Still… an interesting voice in the person of Marco Deplano. Some time has passed until this new ORDO chapter… and it was worth the waiting… despite of the four months additional period from the date initially promised… It’s the most complete and complex ORDO album to date, with a totally different sound and with new ideas, full of statistical and of effect insertions. I am extremely curious about the next album that is set to appear in September, especially as Tomas assured me that it will be more melodic and atmospheric… You want to understand ORDO? Then listen to The Gospel Of Tomas and do not forget about this concepts Saint Trinity: music, lyrics and visual… as he will be there… “I will be there”…