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Equilibrium – Armageddon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 24th August 2016 by Mickelrath

Folk Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
Released 12 August 2016
via Nuclear Blast

Equilibrium’s fifth album, Armageddon is everything that you want out of them. It’s big and bold. It hit’s really hard and gets you going. You will have to understand, going into this album, that I’m relatively new to their work and have only looked up them quite recently. Coming into this review I was completely blown away by the sheer scale of the album. Every part of the production is massive in delivery and even manages to have its fun jaunty moments. All of the songs are good and the writing really shines, even if I did have to look up some of the lyrics online.

The part of this album that I feel lets it down slightly is where is mushes the sounds together to get this muddied sound that’s a little too reliant on the guitars’ distortion. I feel this bogs the sound down somewhat and the guttural vocals aren’t helping. So what you get is this heavy mess of distorted noise. What saves it is the symphonic elements. The big orchestra sound really pulls the album together and gives the songs context. Along with the folk instrumentation, it highlights how fun and exciting Equilibrium are. In fact my favourite parts of the album are just the instrumental parts where there are no vocals.

For me personally Equilibrium’s Armageddon is a mixed goody bag. There are odd thing in it that’s just disappointing and I just don’t really like. Then you have the good moments that I find really impressive and interesting. I do feel the good outweighs the bad, as there is a lot of instrumental sections that have that epic quality to them. Overall I do enjoy this album and it definitely made me curious to check out their older material, so I can recommend it as a jumping on point for their music. It’s intricate enough and has a strong enough sound that you’ll want to listen to it a few times.


Mick Bichall

Equilibrium reveal new album title and artwork

Posted in News, Studio Report with tags , , , , on 14th May 2016 by izaforestspirit

The German “epic” power folk metal band Equilibrium are back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their latest album. They have recently announced that the new album, follow up to ‘Erdentempel’ will be entitled ‘Armageddon’.

The artwork was designed by Skadi Rosehurst, the same artist who also did the artwork for their previous album. You can check out the cover art below:

‘Armageddon’ is due to hit the shops worldwide on 12th August 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Equilibrium – Waldschrein EP

Posted in Review with tags , , on 3rd August 2013 by izaforestspirit

Waldschrein EP
Released 16th August 2013
Epic Folk Metal/ Viking Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast Records

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‘Waldschrein’ is the new EP from the German pagan metal band Equilibrium. It is the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Rekreatur’ and features a cover of the video game Skyrim‘s opening theme entitled ‘Himmelsrand’ as well as a re-vamped version of Der Sturm from the ‘Turis Fratyr’ album.

First up is the title track which comes complete with bird noises and the cheerful, epic folk metal that the band are renowned for. The melo-death metal style vocals are the only harsh elements present here as both the guitars and keyboards maintain the melodic tone of music. In many ways, this is a very uplifting song that puts the listener in a good mood.

Zwergenhammer features some catchy guitar riffage and the same “happy feel” as that of the title track despite the quicker pace. The Skyrim cover is pretty much what you’d expect to hear; catchy, “epic”-sounding guitar melodies infused with a choir-like chorus. Definitely fun to listen to even if you’re not familiar with the game.

3.5/5 – A very pleasant sounding EP. Now I’m really looking forward to the full album.

Iza Raittila