EQUILIBRIUM was founded as a sixtett in 2011 and was actually only meant to last for one single show. But the Metal audience’s inspiring feedback prevented the southern Germans to disappear in the annals of history, and thus EQUILIBRIUM wrote their first chapters for the textbooks of Metal History with their first demo in 2003 and the debut album “Turis Fratyr” in 2005. In 2008, their first album on Nuclear Blast Records, “Sagas”, and a great 30th rank in German billboard charts followed, which was even exceeded by “Rekreatur” (rank 20) in 2010, “Erdentempel” (rank 16) in 2014 and “Armageddon” (rank 5) in 2016.
“Armageddon” is ready to continue EQUILIBRIUM’s story and to add a new, formidable chapter to the band’s discography with its massive sound, its excellent songs and a wealth of different moods. Be ready for an impressively thoughtful and enthralling album!
Twinmusix got to speak to Rene Berthiaume about the new album and more.
TM - Hi, Thank You for taking this call with me today. This is Amelia from Twinmusix. How are you?
RB - Good Thank You, how are you?
TM - Good, Thank You.
RB - It is going pretty well, I have had a few interviews with Australians today. This is the third interview and it's really fun talking to everyone.
TM - It is nice talking to you as well. Can we expect you to Australia anytime soon?
RB - I hope we can come soon, we haven't made it to Australia yet. We went to Asia two years ago, if we go back, we can also organize some shows in Australia. That would be really awesome for us, it is on my bucket list.
TM - That is awesome, where did you play in Asia?.
RB - We played Shanghai and China, Japan and Taiwan.
TM - What was it like playing Japan?
RB - It was awesome to see the countries on. The people were amazing and it was a very cool experience.
TM - You are bringing out your new album Renegades on August 28th, what can fans expect?
RB - They can expect an album that sounds like us. German lyrics, Melodies, and heavy guitars. There are a new element, some modern parts, and some electric sounds. It is a reasonable combination of our Style.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for Renegades?
RB - Last year we started writing our album and we pretty much did it in one run. We didn't think much about what we were going to do for this album. We just wrote and did what we wanted to do. We never thought we couldn't do an idea that we came up with. We thought, hey, let's do it because it is a intuitive album. We are really happy with it, we used a lot of electronic sounds that we haven't used in the past. We took a more modern approach and used electronic sounds.
TM - You recently bought out your video clips for Destiny and Lost Generation how have fans responded to them?
RB - I think people like destiny, there is more style in the song. I like our past two albums too. Some people liked Lost Generation and some don't, it is very different for us it is nice to break the rules and shake things up sometimes.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
RB - Dream Theater, doing one of our songs in their style.
TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?
RB - We collaborated with Julia Evans, it was cool working with her and Different artists from different genres.
TM - You played Wacken Open Air this year, how was it?
RB - We got to open on the main stage on Wacken that day, it was awesome. It was tricky with the weather because at that time of year you never know when a thunderstorm is coming. We are really lucky because it was funny and after we had finished the thunderstorm started.
TM - What's your favorite memory of watching a different band perform live?
RB - I use to watch a lot of different bands when I was younger and I have a different experience with every band. In the early 2000's I listened to a Finnish folk metal band called Finsterforst and they came to Germany, I saw them for the first time and I got Goosebumps. I think it was a very intense moment. When you are a fan of a band and see them for the first time, it is exciting. A couple of years ago I went to scooter, it was a different experience it was cool as I grew up listening to their music.
TM - That is cool man, I love that you listen to all different types of music.
TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
RB - We started in 2001 and we are still here so we would like to say Thank You to all our fans around the world. We would love to come to Australia soon. It is nice to go to different countries and experience different cultures.
TM - I love exploring different countries too. We would love to see you in Australia sometime soon and Thank You for this interview.