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Equilibrium: Rekreatur

Rekreatur is Equilibriums third release, which is filled with melodic and muscular musical interactions, very much in the vein of Finntroll, Turisas and Rhapsody of Fire, with its enthusiastic and at times bombastic and somewhat engaging approach. This is a band that is leaving no stone unturned in their quest to present their music to the world. Call it Pagan Metal, call it Power Metal, call it Folk Metal, call it Viking Metal, call it Melodic Death Metal, hell dispense with the labels, just listen and have fun.

Germany has a knack of being able to produce rock bands that have a good ear for melody and a strong song writing structure; well Equilibrium are no exception to this rule. The band have mixed in heavy synth sounds layering it with the mandatory aggressive and powerful guitars, bass and drums, inserting growling vocals throughout which in all honesty adds depth, making it all sound testosterone driven. Hell this is what this music was created for. If the band had taken any other vocal approach then the album would have fallen on its knees praying for mercy to the Norse gods, which is a reverential hat tipping to the new vocalist Robert Dahn who with drummer Tuval Refaeli, (who I feel tired just listening to his breakneck drum patterns), joined the band in 2010, a daring move to some, an added bonus for me.

When you are presented with such strong song structures such as "Der Wassermann" that are impassioned with strength, style and beauty, you can't but help liking this band. "Aus Ferner Zeit" offers the listener even more confirmation that this is a band that means business, being two tracks that make the admission to these vibrant, epic cinematic soundtracks well worth the money alone, and that excludes the other seven stunning tracks on offer. Make no mistake that from the album opener "In Heiligen Hallen" to the albums epic twelve minute plus closer "Kurzes Epos" that this is just a rollercoaster ride. The excellence and smartness of what has been created here is that no two songs quiet sound the same a trap the band could have quite easily have fallen into.

Track Listing
1 In Heiligen Hallen
2 Der Ewige Sieg
3 Verbrannte Erde
4 Die Affeninsel
5 Der Wassermann
6 Aus Ferner Zeit
7 Fahrtwind
8 Wenn Erdreich Bricht
9. Kurzes Epos

Added: January 10th 2011
Reviewer: John OBoyle
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Equilibrium: Rekreatur
Posted by John OBoyle, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-01-12 11:50:08
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As a footnote and with no intention of upsetting people over gender stereotyping I have removed the last statement. Yes I did know that Sandra Vlkl is female and is the bass player in the band. The statement made was taken out of context.

» Reader Comments:

Equilibrium: Rekreatur
Posted by Mertin on 2011-01-12 07:16:12
My Score:

Women who listen to metal are like women who watch sports. They only do it to impress men.

Equilibrium: Rekreatur
Posted by Karin on 2011-01-12 04:42:22
My Score:

There IS a girl in the band. I think the review should reconsider having that line in.

Equilibrium: Rekreatur
Posted by phil on 2011-01-12 01:02:16
My Score:

the bass is a girl!!!!!!!!!!
is music for musicians!!!!!!!!!!!!

дос'авка цве'ов Киев

Equilibrium: Rekreatur
Posted by Karin Xuereb on 2011-01-11 17:34:42
My Score:

I disagree with the first sentence in the last paragraph: "music made by MEN for MEN". It is music made by MEN but there is no reason why WOMEN should not enjoy it too. I'm one of those and Equilibrium is one of my favourite bands. I don't care if there are no women in the band. If it's made by men and it's fantastic, let's all enjoy it.

I'd have the odd beer too.

Equilibrium: Rekreatur
Posted by Jen B on 2011-01-11 16:26:50
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I think this cd is amazing. Except I'm a woman. According to your comment "made for men" I shouldn't listen to it? I just think that last bit is a little unnecessary. Music does not exclude gender.

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