• The short story
• The long story
Origin: in and around the city of Gouda (The Netherlands), but
throughout the years the band has slowly expanded into an international
group of characters.
Style-indication: Post-Black Metal (if you insist on picking
a current label).
|| Founding of the band.
||Line-up: Moloch (vocals/bass), Rahab (guitar), 1337_Misanthrope
(guitar), Arco (drums), and Mir-h iD (synthesizers).
the Cycle Ends” demo-tape (c. 25 min.), polished
rehearsal tape, widely reviewed, sold out at 1234 copies.
||Live performances with Ancient Rites, Within Temptation,
Ancient, Liar Golgotha, etc.
Noctis” demo-MCD (c. 28 min.), recorded at the
Excess Studios, reviewed in every magazine of importance,
sold nearly 1500 copies.
Wing & the Burden” CD (c. 50 min.), recorded
at Excess Studios (Sinister, After Forever, etc.), released
July 2001, reviewed in every magazine of importance. Label:
Skaldic Art Productions (Obsidian Gate, Vindsval, Furthest
||BM teams up as bass player.
||Moloch and Arco call it quits; Tyrann (also in Vindsval)
steps up to the mic.
||Drummer Marco (ex-Altar) is added to the line-up.
||Line-up: Tyrann (vocals), Rahab (guitar), 1337_Misanthrope
(guitar), BM (bass), Marco (drums) and Mir-h iD (keyboards).
Obscura pt 1:
The Star Chamber Reviews” CD and “Camera
Obscura pt 2: A View with a Room” CD, recorded
at Tidalwave Studios (Falkenbach, Secrets of the Moon, etc.).
Label: Opus Magnum Productions.
||Deal with Maddening Media
The dragon figures as a major allegorical symbol at various stages
of the alchemical process. It is a caveat to ward off the reckless,
but some are willing enough to burn their fingers and touch what
it really embodies - the infinite potentiality of chaos and darkness,
and the divine inspiration which animates anorganic matter. It’s
this which lies at the heart of the ambivalent code-name under
which order was created: Ordo Draconis, ‘The Order of the Dragon’.
The band’s audacity to cast baser metals into new substances
and shapes has not made it easier to pigeonhole their sound. Think
post-black metal, synth-flavoured but not ‘symphonic’, intricate
but not tech for the sake of it. Add to that a good sense of dynamics,
atmosphere with attitude, violent grace, coruscating melodies,
caustic vocals, a touch of classical composition, and an unhealthy
dose of character. All with an ear for detail and an eye for scope.
The band got started in 1996, and some months later the line-up
had come to consist of Moloch (vocals), Rahab (guitar), Bob (guitar/bass),
Arco (drums) and Mir-h iD (synths). The band soon set themselves
to work on “When the Cycle Ends” (1997, tape).
This was a rehearsal recording, but with a little polish it more
than qualified to see the light of day as the band’s first demo.
To be sure, the tape was met by an overwhelming response, and
has now sold out at 1234 copies.
Their next demo, ”In Speculis Noctis” (1999,
MCD) was in many ways a leap forwards and saw the band more confident
and daring than before. This time round, the recording took place
in the excellent Excess Studios (Sinister, After Forever, etc.).
The demo was widely acclaimed throughout the underground, and
soon aroused the interest of the fledgling Skaldic Art Productions.
A deal was inked in early 2000.
Later that year the band reentered the Excess Studios to record
“The Wing & the Burden” (CD), the first official
entry in their criminal record. Released the following year (2001),
the album was praised for its refreshing approach and evocative
Changes were ahead. While BM (bass) joined the band in 2001, Moloch
and Arco called it quits in 2002. Singer/stage-presence Tyrann
(also in Vindsval) replaced Moloch the same year, but to the public
eye the band appeared to have slipped into hibernation.
In the meantime, however, Ordo Draconis was preparing their most
ambitious work to date. In fact, two albums were in the making,
known by the collective title of “Camera Obscura”.
The gentlemen entered the Tidalwave Studios (Falkenbach, Secrets
of the Moon, etc.), with Patrick Damiani as their sound navigator.
None other than Moritz Neuner (Atrocity, ex-Abigor, ex-Dornenreich,
etc.) filled in at the drum stool. All tracks for instruments
were laid down in 2003, while vocals, including an entire choir
and several guest appearances, were recorded a year hence. Opus
Magnum Productions was on the job and signed the band.
With the release of both albums, the conceptual “Camera Obscura
pt 1: The Star Chamber Reviews” and “Camera Obscura pt 2: A View
with a Room” (2005, CDs), the band has managed to surpass themselves
once again and carve out a niche which is unmistakably their own.
In 2004, Marco (drums, ex-Altar) came on board to complete the
line-up, enabling the band to perform the magic of “Camera Obscura”
live, but left in 2006. A year later, the band contracted with Maddening Media, a label run by a familiar face. As for now, the band is working on the
follow-up to "Camera Obscura."