Signvm Imperii



"A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed." (Emil Cioran).

"The symbol of the empire" comes as a subtle act, a metaphoric expression attempting to highlight present-day forms of art, essences emerged from the ideational manifestations of a civilization, transmitted by symbols and reason, and spiced with the lucid sarcasm born out of the nonsense-studded reality of today.

These forms of art are the exhibits of a true museum in motion, one which binds one intellect to another into "subcultures", distilled and filtered in turn according to uniquely refined criteria, an empire of inner worlds resonating under the same vibrations, so diversely and so creatively.

"O civilizatie este distrusa doar atunci cand zeii ei sunt distrusi" (Emil Cioran)

"Simbolul imperiului" vine ca un act subtil, o exprimare metaforica ce isi doreste sa puna in lumina forme actuale de arta, esente desprinse din afirmarile ideatice ale unei civilizatii, transmise prin ratiune si simboluri, si condimentate cu sarcasmul lucid nascut din realitatea prezenta impanzita de nonsensuri.

Aceste forme de arta sunt tot atatea exponate dintr-un adevarat muzeu aflat in miscare, ce leaga intelecte in "subculturi", distilate si filtrate la randul lor dupa criterii si idei rafinate, un imperiu de lumi interioare rezonand sub aceleasi vibratii, intr-un mod atat de divers si de creativ.



Second Edition: Triarii + Empusae + BLN

In February 2015, Signvm Imperii presents Second Edition: Triarii + Empusae + BLN.

Exclusive interviews with the artists:
Triarii (English version + Romanian version), Empusae (English version + Romanian version), BLN (Romanian version).






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"Fii pregatit sa arzi in propriile flacari; cum altfel poti renaste daca mai intai nu ai fost cenusa?" (F. Nietzsche)

Signvm Imperii continua sa aduca in prim-plan semnele constientizarii in cel de-al doilea act al sau, unul mai bogat in continut, stralucind de simboluri. Cuvintele putine dar bine alese, imaginea atent selectata si profunzimea nemarginita a peisajelor sonore, vor fi prezentate publicului ca simple porti spre cai de mult uitate.

TRIARII(DE), un nume de referinta pentru zona martial industrial, va marsalui din nou pe pamanturi romanesti in cadrul editiei noastre Signvum Imperii.

TRIARII si-au inceput "Ars Militaria" in 2005, forjandu-si armura dintr-un grandios sunet martial, avertizand asupra declinului valoriilor occidentale, reconsiderand credintele personale greco-romane; acel Crepuscule des Dieux al epocii moderne este pictat in "Piece Heroique", pentru ca apoi sa plateasca tributul de trandafiri catre Roma antica, vizualizand astfel o noua Europa in "Muse in Arms" din 2008.

In cadrul aceleiasi case de discuri, Eternal Soul Records, unde au fost lansate si inregistrarile precedente, Christian Erdmann isi strange inca o data legiunile spirituale pentru solemnul si vigilentul "Exile" in 2011.

TRIARII ne deranjeaza zona de comfort in care am fost constransi de oboseala lumii prezente. Muzica sa ne forteaza a privi "spre razboi, propria noastra depravare si pofta de distrugere" si ne provoaca sa constientizam modernitatea printr-o confruntare simbolica cu trecutul.

Erdmann raspunde cu compozitii dur-exaltate insusi fanatismului de care a fost acuzat, aratand ca asemenea opinii sunt nimicuri impotriva vantului.

In data de 12 Februarie, Club Control din Bucuresti va gazdui legiunea europeana Triarii pentru o manifestare a elegantei martiale si un concert maiestuos. De aceasta data, Christian Erdmann va fi insotit pe scena de Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe din Empusae.

Noi am depus armele. Acum depinde de Triarii.

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Datorita complexitatii sale muzicale, s-ar putea sa va surprinda faptul ca Empusae (BE) este un proiect creat de un singur om, Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe aka Sal-Ocin.

Empusae exerseaza o stiinta suprarealista a structurii care pulseaza intr-o maniera aproape obsesiva.

Muzica, asemanatoare unui zanganit de ceasornic, aproape ca induce imaginea unei linii mecanice de asamblare. Astfel este construit un sunet incordat si evocativ ce ramane consolidat in memorie, refuzand sa fie dat uitarii.

Primele sale drumuri au inceput ca o imersiune in pustietatiile post-apocaliptice urbane, industriale, pe albume ca "Funestus" (2002)" si "Error 404: Metaphorical Loss" (2005). Mai tarziu, au luat o intorsatura catre sunete organice, ritualice, evocand natura salbatica si ecourile batailor de tobe shamanice.

Empusae a devenit mai echilibrat, putin mai calm dar niciodata mai putin intens. "Sphere from the Woods" (2013) aduce sunete scaldate in misticism, serpuind precum o idera in jurul copacilor, de la radacini pana la coroanele lor celeste.

Ultima aditie la discografia sa este asamblata folosind o selectie de piese live inregistrate in timpul concertelor Empusae din perioada 2012-2013. Rezultatul ia forma albumului lansat in 2014, intitulat Rutsu No Hoyo. Acesta rezuma intr-un mod armonic si incitant apogeul evolutiei lui Sal-Ocin, care stapaneste astfel conceptul sonor si straturile ambientale ce definesc Empusae.

Sal-Ocin isi descrie muzica ca luand forma unei coloane sonore pentru fanteziile ascultatorilor sai.

Fiind membru activ in diverse proiecte precum This Morn' Omina, Tzolk'in, Project Arctic si membru live in In Slaughter Natives, Ah Cama-Sotz, IC 434, Triarii, TriOre si Sophia, Sal-Ocin nu se teme sa colaboreze cu o varietate de artisti (Nick Grey, Arcana, ISN, ORE si multi altii).

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Inceput ca un hobby in 1997, Brazda lui Novac (BLN) este in prezent un proiect apreciat pe scara larga al muzicianului roman Victor Popescu. Prezentand o neasteptata fuziune de genuri, BLN este construit in jurul ariilor: synth, electro, new wave-ul anilor '80 si shoegaze, uneori chiar aducand o briza de industrial, nostalgica fata de inceputurile IDM-ului.

In 2003, Victor si-a infiintat propriul studio de inregistrari, urmat de Square Sound Records in 2009, fapt ce i-a permis sa includa mai mult suport hardware in munca sa.

Proiectul a avut numeroase concerte in Romania si in Europa, iesind in evidenta si cu propriile compozitii dar si prin colaborarile cu Yvat, Silent Strike, Dezz si Artan.

Cel mai recent album "Moldern" a fost lansat in octombrie, 2013; continand doua discuri, el prezinta o compozitie si mai complexa, dar si primele elemente vocale ale proiectului pana in prezent.

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Concertul va fi urmat de un afterparty in aceeasi locatie, organizat de O.D.K. in colaborare cu DJ Will din Bulgaria, experienta in genurile martial si post-industrial de asemenea.

Proiectiile vizuale ne vor acompania in continuare pe parcursul noptii.

DJ WILL organizeaza seri industriale din 1995. Incepand in legendarul club Chaos din Sofia, el a continuat sa tina seri in toate cluburile undeground ale orasului pe parcursul anului. Incepand din 2008, Will organizeaza festivalul underground anual de industrial sub numele de Black Sun Rising open-air langa Sofia.

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Bilete la intrare vor costa 40 RON.

Datorita numarului limitat de bilete, va recomandam sa faceti rezervari la odkollective [at] gmail dot com

Biletele rezervate vor costa 35 RON.


"You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?" (F. Nietzsche)

Signvm Imperii continues to push forth the marks of awareness in its second act, even richer in content and gleaming with symbols. Its few well-chosen words, the carefully selected imagery and endless depths of its soundscapes will come to its spectators, as mere gateways to long forgotten paths.

TRIARII (DE), a reference act for the martial industrial genre, will march once again on Romanian soil at our Signvum Imperii edition.

TRIARII has begun their "Ars Militaria" in 2005, forging the armor of a grandiose martial sound, warning on the decline of occidental values and reconsidering the personal Greco-Roman believes; the modern ages' Crepuscule des Dieux is painted forward on "Piece Heroique", again paying his tribute of roses to ancient Rome and envisioning a new Europa on "Muse in Arms" in 2008.

On the same label where the former discs have been released, Eternal Soul Records, Christian Erdmann gathers his spiritual legions once more for his solemn and vigil "Exile" in 2011.

TRIARII disturbs the comfort zone in which we have been enclosed by the present world-weariness. Their music forces us to look "at war, our own depravity and our lust for destruction" and renders us conscious of the modernity through a symbolic confrontation with the past.

Erdmann responds with bellicose-exalted compositions to the very fanaticism he has been accused of, showing such opinions are but spit against the wind.

On the 12th of February, Control Club Bucharest will shelter the European legion of TRIARII for a display of martial-art elegance and a majestic concert. This time Christian Erdmann will be accompanied on stage by Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe of Empusae.

We have laid our weapons. Now "it comes down to the Triarii".

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When confronted with such musical complexity, one may be surprised to learn that Empusae (BE) is actually a project created by a single man, Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe aka Sal-Ocin.

Empusae exercises a surreal science of structure that throbs and pulsates in an almost obsessive manner.

The music is almost suggestive of a mechanical assembly line in its clockwork clunks and clangs. It builds into a tense, yet haunting soundscape and rivets itself into the memory, refusing to be forgotten.

Empusae's early journeys began from the depths of post-apocalyptic industrial and urban wastelands on albums such as "Funestus" (2002) and "Error 404: Metaphorical Loss" (2005), to gradually drift into organic ritualistic sounds of wilderness in nature, and remnants of shamanic drumbeats.

Empusae became more settled, a bit calmer but never less intensive. Sphere from the woods (2013) brings ivy-soundscapes bathed in mysticism, winding up the trees from all their roots up to their crowns and in the sky.

The latest addition to to his discography is pieced together using a selection of live tracks from 2012-2013 Empusae concerts, in the form of the the 2014 release entitled Rutsu No Hoyo. The album brings a harmonious and inciting resume of Sal-Ocin's evolutive apogee, in mastering the sound concept and ambient layers of Empusae.

Sal-Ocin describes his music as a soundtrack for the listener's personal fantasies.

Being a member of various other project such as This Morn' Omina, Tzolk'in, Project Arctic and a live member of In Slaughter Natives, Ah Cama-Sotz, IC 434, Triarii, TriOre and Sophia, Sal-Ocin isn't afraid of working together with other artists (Nick Grey, Arcana, ISN, ORE and many others).

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Started in 1997 as a hobby, Brazda lui Novac (BLN) is currently the widely appreciated project of Romanian musician Victor Popescu.

An unexpected fusion of genres, BLN is built around synth, electro, 80's new wave and shoegaze areas, even bringing an industrialist feel at times, nostalgic for the dawn of IDM.

In 2003, Victor started his own recording studio, followed by Square Sound Records in 2009, enabling him to include additional hardware support in his work.

The project has held several concerts in Romania and around Europe, standing out through both its own compositions, as well as the collaborative works together with Yvat, Silent Strike, Dezz and Artan.

Their latest release - "Moldern" - has been launched in 2013 as a two-disc album, bringing an even more complex composition and the first vocals feature of the project to date.

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The concert will be followed by an afterparty in the same location, organised by O.D.K. in collaboration with DJ Will from Bulgaria, experienced in martial and post-industrial genres as well.

Visual projections will continue to accompany us through the night.

DJ WILL has been hosting industrial parties since 1995. Hes started at the legendary club Chaos in Sofia, organising evenings in all of the city's underground clubs throughout the years. Since 2008, Will has been organizing the annual underground industrial festival by the name of Black Sun Rising open-air near Sofia.

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Event tickets will be priced at 40 RON at the venue.

Due to the limited number of tickets, we strongly encourage reservations to be requested at odkollective [at] gmail dot com (see contact page for details)

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