|Review: Equilibrium - Rekreatur|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 26, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (14 Votes)
Rekreatur is quite an interesting album from Germany's Equilibrium. Nuclear Blast calls the album Pagan Metal while the Metal-Archives list Epic, Folk and Viking Metal under the band's description. After listening to Rekreatur, I'd add Pirate and Power Metal to that already long list. Is that confusing enough for you? Equilibrium crosses boundaries like birds migrating over Europe.
Where to start in describing what Rekreatur sounds like is a real challenge. The vocals of Robert "Robse" Dahn consist of both your typical Black/Viking rasps as well as some Death-influenced growls. The lyrics are in German, so I'll have to assume they deal with the standard tales of Nordic legend along with other, non-specific stories of legendary warriors and battle. The music is almost pure Power Metal, with occasional forays into fast, blast-beating Black Metal. Keyboards are supplied by guitarist Rene Berthiaume and are used freely, both as standard keys and to create some Pagan instrumentation such as pipes and flutes. The choruses are catchy and majestic and the riffs have a lot of crunch and bite. Musically, Equilibrium mix Gamma Ray with Korpiklaani, sprinkle in some Manowar and add a bit of Keepers-era Helloween, for that slightly humorous element. Check out the lone dog's bark around the six minute mark of "Aus Ferner Zeit" to see what I mean. Add a dash of Black/Viking to top it all off and let it rip.
Overall, Rekreatur is boisterous. That's really the best word to sum up the sound. Every song is loud and over the top. Each track is enjoyable on its own, but with a total listening time of over an hour, I found Rekreatur best taken in smaller doses. Equilibrium are a great band for you Power/Heavy fans looking to make that transition into the extreme realm by starting with the vocals. Pagan/Viking fans be warned; this is as far from raw as you can get. Regardless of where you're coming from, Rekreatur is fun, with some broad appeal across genres.
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