"I quite enjoyed Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold, the 2005 debut album from this Hungarian pagan folk duo, so I was very happy to have their second album turning up in my in-tray, and I’m pleased(...)"
EQM049 - "Ventos da Terra Fria" 12" LP / DigipakCD 2023
Focused on the traditional Portuguese imagery and inspired by the ancestry of primitive Iberian culture, “Ventos da Terra Fria” reignites the soundscapes that illustrate the territory, from its first human vestiges to the near extinct rural world of present times, where shamanism, paganism and the duality between the sacred and the profane have become little more than a time-worn vision..
Drawing from a palette of multiple traditional instruments, and borrowing from select field recordings, Urze de Lume have built a unique cinematic piece that transforms Folk and World Music into living memory and lore. It recreates vistas of mist crawling down mountain slopes as thunderstorms crackle across the horizon, but also scenes of harvest, grazing and celebration, revisiting times and places where man slowly carved his imprint as he himself became part of his surroundings.
“Ventos da Terra Fria” is available not only on Digipak CD, but this time also on vinyl, for the first time in the band's history. The running order and mastering have been adjusted for each of the formats, offering two unique renditions of the album. The vinyl version is available in three different color variants (black, clear or smoke vinyl), in a total of 250 handnumbered copies. These come in textured cardstock covers, black poly lined innersleeves and protective outer sleeves, and are complete with a download code (which includes the track “Bramas, pt. II”).
Available in Digipak CD and three different vinyl pressings, each handnumbered and limited to a total of 250 copies (comes with download code):
01. Pastora de Pedras (07:12)
02. Cova de Lobo (05:11)
03. Cerro Acima (04:52)
04. Ventos da Terra Fria (03:38)
05. Bramas pt. I (04:16)
06. À Meia Noite Dança o Diabo (05:48)
07. A Lenta Ruína dos Tempos (07:21)
08. Marchai Penedos d'Outrora (03:42)
09. Bramas pt. II (04:22)
10. Canção a Larouco (05:26)
Also available now, on Equilibrium Music
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio / Trepaneringsritualen (Sweden)
Equilibrium Music is proud to announce the release of the “Nature Seeking Equilibrium (War 4 the Principle of Balance)” 7", where Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and Trepaneringsritualen revisit a pivotal piece in Ordo Equilibrio's reliquary. The title of this Ordo Equilibrio classic has always felt perfectly tailored for Equilibrium Music, and we can only return in kind and grant it the equally fitting catalog reference EQM044, as we celebrate the materializing of a long-lasting ambition to cooperate with these key figures of the Post-Industrial / Dark Folk scene.
“Nature Seeking Equilibrium (War 4 the Principle of Balance)” originally appeared in the limited “I4I” picture disc 7" (Cold Meat Industry, 1997). Back then Ordo Equilibrio had not yet perished and given way to Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, but there was already growing evidence that the Post-Industrial ambiance of their earlier days would branch out into new territories. With the inclusion of “In The Grassy Fields...” on side B, “I4I” was in part a teaser for the 1998 “Conquest, Love & Self Perseverance” album that followed, yet the side A of the single took the martial facet of Ordo Equilibrio to an zenith which has since remained for the most part unmatched.
The track instantly became a defining hymn for the band, and although its only physical incarnation was confined to a rare 7" and never again made available in any other release, the song still holds its place in Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio's live repertoire to this day. Serving often as the closing encore to their shows, it is met with great acclaim from their devoted audiences, who for the most part join the monumental chorus that underscores the doggedly deterministic theme.
Therefore it grew obvious as time went by that the rendition known on stage, and which had evolved naturally alongside the band's sound, needed to be kept for posterity as well. With this purpose in mind, Tomas Pettersson now delivers to the world its refurbished and definitive version, which emboldens the original militant grandiosity with a polished armor while bringing it closer to ORE's current standards.
The obscure entity known as Trepaneringsritualen has also been summoned to take part in this celebratory landmark, and challenged to present the piece in its own vision. Loyal to its trademark Death Industrial style, TxRxP's somewhat primitive interpretation, on the other hand, is drenched in a murky sludge whose stench of exhumed corpses engulfs all hope that any notion of rebirth could perhaps surface from this ordeal.
Over twenty years later, “Nature seeking Equilibrium (War 4 the Principle of Balance)” continues to provide a perfect blueprint for a true Martial Industrial anthem, with the potential to unfold into substantially diverging embodiments such as these while keeping its quintessential character. These two new versions are again exclusively committed to 7" vinyl, thus retaining also the original analogue-only availability. The time has come again to 'See the blaze of wielding swords'!
Available in three different pressings, each handnumbered and limited to 222 copies, and coming with an insert with lyrics: