Erdentempel Nuclear Blast
As if this whole heavy music caper wasn’t a puzzling enough proposition for the newcomer, press kits are flagging “Pagan metal” as a valid sub-genre while promoting these Germans’ latest LP. Equilibrium’s balanced (geddit?) take on blackened folk metal is crammed with rallying cries like soaring “Freiflug” and “Heavy Chill”, tailor-made for the fields of European open air summer festivals. This style can risk being too brutal or sound-scape-oriented for those merely seeking to sink some ale and polka. Conversely, extreme metal-favouring folks may snub the joviality. This symphonic crew largely get the mix correct; punters receiving an enjoyable dose of both worlds on “Uns’rer Flöten Klang” or “Was Lange Währt”. An acquired taste, albeit one with growing legions ready to embrace it.