I interviewed vocalist Steve Boiser not long ago and now it’s finally time to review the album Demiurgus from the super group Equipoise. Or what about a group that boasts a line-up consisting of past and current members from Inferi, Beyond Creation, First Fragment, Virulent Depravity, NYN and Hate Eternal? Now that’s what I call a great CV! With those names in mind it is pretty obvious that Equipoise is all about the progressive and technical aspect of death metal.
Many of you reading probably know that one of my favorite bands is Beyond Creation, they definitely made me a tech/prog death metal fan and I’ve loved every release with them. Equipoise are in many ways very influenced by then (as are many prog death bands) but they’ve actually managed to take some of the best parts from Beyond Creation while adding their own unique elements into the mix. Other bands that comes to mind are Gorod, Augury, The Ritual Aura and Inferi, all fine examples being compared to.
As I start my first of what would be many listenings on Demiurgus the first word that stuck me was “wow what is this!?” as the opening tack “Illborn Augury” hits me hard. The prowess of the musicians in Equipoise gets known straight away as every single note is thoughtfully played out. There is so much going on on Demiurgus that at first it might catch you by surprise and overwhelm you, but give it time and you will be rewarded. You get so much from Demiurgus, spin after spin I find new elements on the tracks that I like and it keeps on growing and giving to me each and every time. Hell just for the sake of it there is some awesome acoustic flamenco music as intermission tracks that just works and sounds great in a weird way. There is simply nothing Equipoise seems to do wrong on this album and their onslaught of top tier riffs, super drumming and crushing bass accompanied with Steve Boiser’s wicked vocals will get to you too, I can promise you that.
Is this the best album of the year so far? Yes, yes it is. This is a masterpiece in all its glory, a complete album well deserving the top score (one I don’t give out lightly), that I will get back to for years to come. Demiurgus is an album you will find in the best of the year single digits, maybe even be the album of the year at The Metal Gamer. What a stunning piece of art!
Written by J.B.
Label: The Artisan Era
For fans of: Beyond Creation and Gorod
Release date: March 8th, 2019
Favorite song: Sovereign Sacrifices
Score: 5/5 Masterpiece