Origin: Starnberg, Germany  
Genres: Folk Metal
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Page online: October 31, 2010
Last update/review: August 30, 2016

Equilibrium

This Bavarian band have risen to prominence rather quickly, having released a little-known but well-respected debut album Turis Fratyr in 2005 before signing to Nuclear Blast and busting the doors wide open with 2008's Sagas. This is majestic, symphonic folk metal, bringing to mind bands such as Turisas, Ensiferum, Finntroll (very clear influences here), and from a symphonic but non-folk angle, perhaps a bit of Bal-Sagoth. There's a lot going on, with sweeping keyboards, snarled blackened vocals, a smattering of pan flutes and assorted folk instruments, and a general feeling of grandeur. There are criticisms -- the production is almost too pristine, the album sounds more like the sum of its influences rather than something really unique, and with all of the songs adopting a similar bombastic attitude, it can all be a bit much. Nonetheless, it's an impressive effort. Many have tabbed Sagas as the penultimate folk metal album, and it's easy to see why -- for fans of the genre, this is absolutely essential.

Recent album: Renegades, released on August 16, 2019.

Current Members

Robert Dahn

vocals

René Berthiaume

guitars/keyboards

Dom R. Cray

guitars

Martin Berger Enerstvedt

bass

Skadi Rosehurst

keyboards

Tuval Refaeli

drums

Former Members/Guests

Helge Stang

vocals

Andreas Völki

guitars

Marcus Riewaldt

guitars (ex-Suidakra)

Sandra van Eldik

bass

Julius Koblitzek

drums

Manuel DiCamillo

drums



Discography


Turis Fratyr  
2005 Black Attakk
  1. Turis Fratyr
  2. Wingthors Hammer
  3. Unter der Eiche
  4. Der Sturm
  5. Widars Hallen
  6. Met
  7. Heimdalls Ruf
  8. Die Prophezeiung
  9. Nordheim
  10. Im Fackelschein
  11. Tote Heldensagen
  12. Wald der Freiheit
  • Helge Stang
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Julius Koblitzek



Sagas  
2008 Nuclear Blast
  1. Prolog auf Erden
  2. Wurzelbert
  3. Blut im Auge
  4. Unbesiegt
  5. Verrat
  6. Snüffel
  7. Heimwärts
  8. Heiderauche
  9. Die Weide und der Fluß
  10. Des Sängers Fluch
  11. Ruf in den Wind
  12. Dämmerung
  13. Mana
  • Helge Stang
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Manuel DiCamillo



ReKreatur  
2010 Nuclear Blast
  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
  • Robert Dahn
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Tuval Refaeli



Waldschrein  EP
2013 Nuclear Blast
  1. Waldschrein
  2. Der Sturm (2013)
  3. Zwergenhammer
  4. Himmelsrand
  5. Waldschrein (Acoustic version)
  • Robert Dahn
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Tuval Refaeli



Erdentempel  
2014 Nuclear Blast
  1. Ankunft
  2. Was lange währt
  3. Waldschrein
  4. Karawane
  5. Uns'rer Flöten Klang
  6. Freiflug
  7. Heavy Chill
  8. Wirtshaus Gaudi
  9. Stein meiner Ahnen
  10. Wellengang
  11. Apokalypse
  12. The Unknown Episode
  • Robert Dahn
  • René Berthiaume



Armageddon  
2016 Nuclear Blast
  1. Sehnsucht
  2. Erwachen
  3. Katharsis
  4. Heimat
  5. Born to Be Epic
  6. Zum Horizont
  7. Rise Again
  8. Prey
  9. Helden
  10. Koyaaniskatsi
  11. Eternal Destination
  • Robert Dahn
  • René Berthiaume
  • Marcus Riewaldt
  • Dom R. Cray
  • Tuval Refaeli



Renegades  
2019 Nuclear Blast
  1. Renegades - A Lost Generation
  2. Tornado
  3. Himmel und Feuer
  4. Path of Destiny
  5. Moonlight
  6. Kawakaari - The Periphery of the Mind
  7. Johnny B.
  8. Final Tear
  9. Hype Train
  10. Rise of the Phoenix
  • Robert Dahn
  • René Berthiaume
  • Dom R. Cray
  • Martin Berger Enerstvedt
  • Skadi Rosehurst
  • Tuval Refaeli




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