Equilibrium
Rekreatur


2.5
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by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
June 14th, 2010 | 98 replies | 18,180 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Equilibrium drop a great deal of their folk influences in favour of symphonic elements and falter because of it.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

German black/folk metallers Equilibrium have so far provided us with two rather enjoyable, if not very original albums, 2005's Turis Fratyr and 2008's Sagas. What made the band stand out next to their contemporaries were their somewhat fresh-sounding melodies, based on traditional pagan melodies rather than the northern ones of influential Scandinavian groups such as Ensiferum. Sagas was a very ambitious effort for the band, but managed to stay enjoyable despite its very long running length. Equilibrium's newest release Rekreatur, recorded with a new vocalist and drummer, sees the band altering their sound quite significantly from their previous album, something which can logically turn out to be for the good or for the bad.

Unfortunately for the band, Rekreatur proves to be quite a step down from both their earlier albums. Flutes and other instruments that helped develop the group's predominantly folk metal sound have been ommited, making room for an emphasis on keyboards. This new album is far heavier on the symphonic elements, and it is not something that works too well for Equilibrium. The keyboards make the band come off as fake and gimmicky, making Rekrautur very unconvincing overall. The fun factor and positively cheesy melodies surrounding superb moments such as Blut Im Auge are not a factor of the music anymore, and that weighs things down. The band takes itself too seriously, and that's what makes this such as dissapointment.

Rekreatur doesn't sound as vibrant, and much darker than its predecessor. This is partially due to new singer Robert Dahn, whose deeper voice is not as much as a fit for the band as Helge Stang's standard but highly enjoyable black metal shrieking. While the band has succeeded in altering their sound to fit their new vocalist, he still doesn't fit them as well as his foregoer. He is not without talent, but Dahn is not as good with the band as the one he replaced.

To say that the album is altogether just bad is going too far, because a devoted fan of the genre will certainly find this enjoyable, but Rekreatur sounds too standard-fare and doesn't feature nearly enough inspired riffs and melodies. The dark, booming melody and vocal style of second single Verbrannte Erde is ripped straight off Kamelot's March of Memphisto, not really advocating for the album's originality. On top of that, there are some moments that just do not work at all, particulary the female backing vocals on the epic Aus Ferner Zeit, which is a typical moment where this record goes ahead of itself.

Equilibrium is certainly among the more talented bands in the scene, and has shown vast potential in their past albums, but Rekreatur is a definite misstep. The group drop an essential part of their core sound for increased use of symphonic elements, which makes the album sound way too serious, and the originality and inspired catchy melodies of Sagas are nowhere to be found. Let's hope the band's third album is just a temporary cooldown - after all, they're capable of much better things.



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Nagrarok
June 14th 2010



8197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/equilibrium

I'd done one today already, but I figured this ought to get a review now.

Apollo
June 14th 2010



10298 Comments


good review, pos

O.J. Simpson
June 14th 2010



408 Comments


oh dear god this sounds bad.

Apollo
June 14th 2010



10298 Comments


I like this bands previous albums and will still probably check this out.

Ponton
Emeritus
June 14th 2010



5791 Comments


thanks for bumping me down with your second review of the day nag, haha, good as it may be. Pos.

I feel I would agree with you on the album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2010



17204 Comments


still gonna get this

Nagrarok
June 14th 2010



8197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for bumping me down with your second review of the day nag, haha


Sorry Jared, I hadn't actually seen yours before posting either.

Ire
June 14th 2010



41754 Comments


Rating makes me joyful.

Poet
June 14th 2010



5924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn you! I was gonna review this first =/

Album's awesome though

O.J. Simpson
June 14th 2010



408 Comments


i mean i asked myself how can this band get even worse.

Then i saw they added more Symphonic influences and teared a bit. Not gonna check this out.

Nagrarok
June 14th 2010



8197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn you! I was gonna review this first =/


Magnus had wanted to do it first, but he handed it to me.

Yazz_Flute
June 14th 2010



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I liked it.

Digging: Eskaton - 4 Visions

SCREAM!
June 14th 2010



10038 Comments


I got tired of Sagas so doubt ill look into this unless Poets review is really convincing

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

BallsToTheWall
June 14th 2010



44197 Comments


Hawaiian t-shirts and leather pants just do not go together.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Dre
June 14th 2010



297 Comments


no?

lobby
June 14th 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

this review sounds a lot like my soundoff. can't believe they've pussied out after sagas...

Bitchfork
June 14th 2010



7584 Comments


loving the chart.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2010



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I more or less agree with this

Yazz_Flute
June 14th 2010



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

what the fuck guys

I might lower my rating actually.

but still

what the fuck

BallsToTheWall
June 14th 2010



44197 Comments


One good album then they started to like the smell of their own farts at which point they shoved a pineapple up their ass.



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