EQUI­LIB­RIUM

Er­den­tem­pel Nu­clear Blast

Blunt - - In Review -

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.

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