Equilibrium (band)

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Equilibrium
Equilibrium Rockharz 2018 25.jpg
Equilibrium at Rockharz Open Air 2018
Background information
OriginMunich, Bavaria, Germany
GenresFolk metal,[1] symphonic black metal[2]
Years active2001–present
LabelsBlack Attakk, Nuclear Blast
Websiteequilibrium-metal.net/en/
Members
  • Robert "Robse" Dahn
  • René Berthiaume
  • Tuval "Hati" Refaeli
  • Dom R. Crey
  • Makki Solvalt
Past members
  • Jen Majura
  • Andreas Völkl
  • Sandra Völkl
  • Helge Stang
  • Manuel DiCamillo
  • Henning Stein
  • Michael Heidenreich
  • Conny Kaiser
  • Julius Koblitzek
  • Basti Kriegl
  • Markus Perschke
  • Armin Dörfler

Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences. Their riffs reflect traditional Germanic melodies. Their lyrical themes focus on Germanic tales and Germanic mythology. All of their song lyrics are in German, except for the songs "The Unknown Episode", "Born to Be Epic", "Rise Again" and "Prey".

History[edit]

The group toured with Commander and Sycronomica in 2005.[3] The following year they signed a contract with the Nuclear Blast record label and on 27 June 2008 they released their second album, Sagas.

In February 2010, Equilibrium had to cancel their appearance at the Winterfire Festival in Germany "due to serious restructuring within the band". It was later revealed that vocalist Helge Stang and drummer Manuel DiCamillo had left the band.[4] The following month the band announced that Robse, vocalist in the German pagan metal band Vrankenvorde, had been chosen as their new vocalist.[5]

In the same year, Israeli drummer Tuval "Hati" Refaeli, who is also the drummer of the brutal death metal band Viscera Trail has joined the band. The band, full again, released their third album, Rekreatur, via Nuclear Blast, on 18 June 2010.

On 27 June 2013, the band announced their first EP, titled Waldschrein, which contains a new single along with its acoustic version, a remake of the song "Der Sturm" and an old, previously unreleased song titled "Zwergenhammer", as well as their own cover of the main theme for the game Skyrim, composed by Jeremy Soule, titled "Himmelsrand". The EP was released on 16 August 2013.

The song "Waldschrein" is part of the next album of the band, Erdentempel, which was released in June 2014.[6] However, the album contains a completely re-recorded version of the song. Two days after the announcement of the album, founding members and siblings Andreas Völkl and Sandra Van Eldik decided to leave the band for unspecified reasons.[7]

On 20 May 2014, it was announced that Dom R. Crey (guitarist of Wolfchant and frontman of Nothgard) would be joining the band as new guitarist, replacing Andreas Völkl. On 7 June 2014, one day after Erdentempel's release, it was announced that Jen Majura would be joining the band as new bassist, replacing Sandra Van Eldik. With her addition to the band, Equilibrium is complete once again. The band promoted the release of their new album with a European tour, supported by Trollfest and Dom's other band Nothgard.

On 2 November 2015, the band announced via Facebook that bass player Jen Majura had left the band.

On 22 of August 2016, the bands sixth album Armageddon was released via Nuclear Blast.[8]

Band members[edit]

Equilibrium at Hellfest in 2017.
Current members
  • Robert "Robse" Dahn - unclean and clean vocals (2010–present)
  • René Berthiaume − lead and rhythm guitar (2001–present), keyboards (2003-2005, 2006–present), clean vocals (2014–present), bass (2015–2016)
  • Tuval "Hati" Refaeli - drums (2010–present)
  • Dom R. Crey - rhythm and lead guitar (2014–present)
  • Makki Solvalt - bass (2016–present)
Former members
  • Jen Majura - bass (2014-2015)
  • Andreas Völkl − rhythm and lead guitar (2001–2014)
  • Sandra Van Eldik − bass (2001–2014)
  • Helge Stang − unclean and clean vocals (2001–2010)
  • Manuel DiCamillo − drums (2006–2010)
  • Markus Perschke − drums (2005–2006)
  • Basti Kriegl − drums (2005)
  • Julius Koblitzek − drums (2003–2004)
  • Henning Stein − drums (2001–2003)
  • Armin Dörfler − keyboards (2005–2006)
  • Conny Kaiser − keyboards (2002–2003)
  • Michael Heidenreich − keyboards (2001–2002)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Die Affeninsel (2010) - Nuclear Blast
  • Karawane (2014) - Nuclear Blast

EPs[edit]

  • Waldschrein (2013) - Nuclear Blast

Demos[edit]

  • Demo 2003 (2003)

Music videos[edit]

  • Blut im Auge (2008)
  • Der Ewige Sieg (2010)
  • Wirtshaus Gaudi (2014)
  • Eternal Destination (2016)
  • Rise Again (2016)

Lyric videos[edit]

  • Prey (2016)
  • Born to Be Epic (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic.com: Sagas".
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1392915
  3. ^ Equilibrium[permanent dead link] at MusicMight
  4. ^ "Equilibrium parts ways with vocalist, drummer". Blabbermouth. 11 February 2010. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Equilibrium announces new singer". Blabbermouth. 2 March 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Erdentempel announcement". Equilibrioum's official fanpage (in German and English). Facebook. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Sandra and Andi's statements". Equilibrioum's official fanpage (in German and English). Facebook. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  8. ^ "ARMAGEDDON has been released!".

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