Sometimes it is pretty funny to see, how a CD finds its way into my player. From a mailed link to be included in our link list results a enquiry of myself concerning the demo CD of the band. That CD leads to this review and all that I can say is "Wow!"
I am talking about Bavarian sextet EQUILIBRIUM from Maisach near Munich and their "Demo 2003". I had no clue as to what to expect from it, but I can say one thing for sure, THIS I would not have expected, even less so in this quality. Now you will ask yourselves, what the heck is "THIS"…
Well, first of all I for some weird reason always think of "Forest Of Equilibrium", the debut of CATHEDRAL, the band around former NAPALM DEATH member Lee Dorrian, when I hear EQUILIBRIUM. But the EQUILIBRIUM that are just rotating in my player don't have ANYthing to do with the sound of the Brits, because what we get here, could very well be described as Viking Metal, because for this almost all ingredients and stuff are here.
The trademarks of the EQUILIBRIUM sound are epic melodies, a powerful rhythm section (with a lot of double bass), crunchy vocals, heavy guitars, quite some keyboards and German lyrics. Oh yes, a lot of atmosphere as well. After the bombastic intro "Wigrid" "Nach dem Winter" unites all of the above in great fashion, varied tempo, high and deep vocals (both harsh), great melodies and the very fitting lyrics, very good start for this demo, which also is blessed with an exceptionally good, clear and powerful production.
"Unter der Eiche" then unleashes quite some fury within the EQUILIBRIUM sound, but always stays very epic and in the verse with an almost playful melody. And "Met", yes "Met" cannot hide a certain FINNTROLL touch, the super catchy hymn to met, complete with rolling "R", very enjoyable. The superatmospheric intro "Heimdalls Ruf" then leads into the strong "Die Prophezeiung", very epic, very variable, before "Nordheim" closes things off with a lot of double bass (and a dreamy atmospheric/epic part). Well, there still is an outro, which is not even listed in the tracklist.
Altogether I must say that EQUILIBRIUM have produced an impressive demo that in no way has to hide behind signed acts. So if you like the above mentioned mixture, then I heavily recommend this band, it definitely deserves it! (Online October 13, 2003)