Review: Equilibrium – Armageddon – Nuclear Blast Records – Release: Out Now.
Time flies, because while it feels like Equilibrium’s last album wasn’t that long ago, “Erdentemple” is in fact two years old! High time for a new dose of epic and bombastic folk metal with “Armageddon”.
Robert “Robse” Dahn – vocals
René Berthiaume – guitar, keyboard, vocals
Dom R. Crey – guitar
Makki Solvalt – bass
Tuval “Hati” Refaeli – drums
We get off to a good start with the intro track ‘Sehnsucht’ which sets a nice slightly subdued, yet still bombastic mood to get ready for the pounding drums of ‘Erwachen’, quite an awakening indeed! There’s a nice positive mood and it feels like this album will be quite the party!
‘Katharsis’ continues the party mood with a slower tempo, but a lot more singalong opportunities, but I’m sorry to say that the mood suddenly comes crashing down with ‘Heimit’, which, mostly due to the keyboards, feels like it could be a Eurovision entry. Going by the title I do understand that it has to be a bit of a sappy song, but coming down from the previous song this really is a very strange and sudden stop to the party.
‘Born to be Epic’ almost makes up for it, partially by making the choruses that more easy to sing along to by being in English, but the sudden breakdowns led by keyboard-flutes really kills this song for me.
Well, with ‘Zum Horizont’ and ‘Rise Again’ we’re right back on track as far as I’m concerned. High speed and cheery, we’re back in the power party mood again!
To get your feet back on the ground again ‘Prey’ and ‘Helden’ are a bit more subdued, yet the later really ramps up towards halfway and although quite misplaced I totally love the 8-bit Megaman tune that suddenly kicks in! Such a shame that it has to be followed by ‘Koyaaniskatsi’, which again has too much of a Eurovision feel for me. With slightly different keyboards this song could’ve been a good chiller.
Still, the band really hold the banner high again with the long and bombastic closer ‘Eternal Destination’.
There are some really great tunes on this album, but on the whole I have to say that it does suffer from some odd choices. And while the great songs are really terrific, the thought of the lesser parts really dampens the whole mood for me. It’s a shame, but not every album can be ‘the best so far’.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
5. Born to be Epic
6. Zum Horizont
7. Rise Again
11. Eternal Destination
Text by: Robert Popovic