Equilibrium
Waldschrein


3.0
good

Review

by DoctorVelvet USER (4 Reviews)
August 8th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 08/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While enjoyable, Waldschrein feels like a simple excuse for the band to have a new release.

There is nothing groundbreaking about Waldschrein. Given the nature of this EP however, I'm not sure anyone expected otherwise. Waldschrein serves as a placeholder for Equilibrium's next LP as well as a taste of what it might sound like.

Waldschrein: this track is a brand new original. Waldschrein is a fun song, which if described as anything sounds like a mix between Sagas and Rekreatur. Namely the folkier parts of Sagas, and the general atmosphere of Rekreatur. Surprisingly, Equilibrium has recorded their first clean vocals in history for this song. Overall, the band plays it safe on this track. Structurally it remains incredibly simple (think Der Ewige Sieg) and melodically it's what we've come to expect from these guys. It's an enjoyable track if a little unsurprising.

Der Sturm: the second track is a slightly extended and rerecorded version of Der Sturm from Turis Fratyr. I prefer the original on grounds of vocals, the mix, and simple preference for the unextended version (which had a more satisfying musical progression). Regardless, it's interesting to see a somewhat fresh take on this old song.

Zwergenhammer: this is a recording of an unreleased song from Equilibrium's earlier days. The songwriting feels less mature and there aren't really any exciting hooks. The song is merely satisfactory compared to the rest of the band's catalogue so it's understandable that they didn't release it until now.

Himmelsrand: a cover of the Skyrim theme. Although many people have heard this song dozens of times, this is a very enjoyable rendition, and probably the best metal one. Not much more to say. It's the Skyrim theme.

Waldschrein (acoustic): the final track is an acoustic/instrumental version of "Waldschrein." It's shorter than the original and it feels incredibly folky. This is the most orchestrally "huge" song Equilibrium have ever done. It definitely wouldn't be out of place on a Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack. To compare, it's not unlike some of the instrumental material found on Sagas. This, to me, is the most enjoyable track on the album, and serves as an excellent compliment to track number one.

In the end "Waldschrein" is a release that I believe exists only to keep the band from stagnating as fans wait for the fourth full-length. It feels like the band decided they wanted to release an EP and then proceeded to scrape the barrel for songs to fill an appropriate track length. It seems most of these songs would do better as bonus tracks on a standard LP. The material is enjoyable, but perhaps too familiar and uninspired, therefore not being worth a dedicated purchase.


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DoctorVelvet
August 8th 2013


114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

First review and I decided to keep it easy with a track-by-track, even though I know it's not really the best method. I
realize there are glaring issues with this review, so constructive criticism would be appreciated.

baldymort
August 8th 2013


771 Comments


love waldschrein. keen to hear the rest.

FrozenVain
August 8th 2013


2432 Comments


Having the same stuff in the summary and the first paragraph is kinda redundant. Decent review though, man. Pos'd. For a short EP like this I guess track-by-track reviews are forgivable. I must hear that Skyrim cover.

DoctorVelvet
August 8th 2013


114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Baldymort, they're all on youtube.

Yeah, I know what you mean about the repetitive summary. I was considering writing a new summary for a while but I
just lazed out in the end. Thanks for the pos man.

Edit: summary is edited.

ImAViking
August 9th 2013


5 Comments


I'm glad that they're bringing the folk back, the world could use another album like Sagas.

Hawks
August 9th 2013


35824 Comments


Well yeah Sagas is like the greatest thing ever and I doubt they'll ever top it. I'll still check this out though.

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Keyblade
August 9th 2013


14825 Comments


Damn, was hoping this would be good. Still gonna check

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KILL
August 9th 2013


71750 Comments


turis is me fav

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DoctorVelvet
August 10th 2013


114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, Turis Fratyr rules. It's got that whole nature-inspired atmosphere which sets it apart from the other albums. Sagas has that battle atmosphere and then Rekreatur has that tropical island atmosphere at many points. I would say Waldschrein is a fuse between the latter two, and it probably wouldn't be unfair to say that the next LP will be similar.

TrueBlood
August 10th 2013


1388 Comments


got early stuffz

standundefeated
August 12th 2013


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP grew on me after a couple listens, must hear for any Equilibrium fans.

stubblesmcgee
September 23rd 2013


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit the lead track is good. I agree that Zwergenhammer is a weak spot, but it's great to finally have that Skyrim cover. Considering how excited I now am for the new album, I think this EP has done its job.

RotheLorde
October 14th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a nice little EP. It contains a lot of elements that I appreciate.



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