Progress without estrangement is a rare craft that very few bands truly master. All too often, a band ventures so far from its roots that it loses its trademark sound. And every so often, a band’s stagnation drains all of its charm. Finding that rare balance between the two is a huge task not easily accomplished. And yet there is a band that has been coming close to that perfect balance more and more over the course of the past few years. A band that, ironically, already bears that balance in its well-known name: EQUILIBRIUM.
Their latest, sixth record ‘Renegades’ (out: August 16th via Nuclear Blast) is heralding a watershed, the turn of an era for this genre. This is metal at its most epic and most monumental, bearing huge songs, resting firmly in the Zeitgeist with massive, modern production and sporting quite a number of eclectic influences. Above all, it’s still Equilibrium – quite possibly more than ever.
Today, the band has unveiled the video of the first digital single, the title track ‘Renegades’. The clip was shot in May 2019 by Motion Bakery under the direction of Christian Lim in Manchester, UK.
Berthammer states: “We are very excited to finally share the first song from our new album with the world. Even though all songs are pretty different from each other, ‘Renegades’ gives a good taste of what you can expect this time from EQUILIBRIUM.”
Pre-order ‘Renegades’ in various formats, here: http://nblast.de/EquilibriumRenegades
Pre-save ‘Renegades’ via Spotify: http://nblast.de/EQUILIBRIUMpreSave
In support of this upcoming release, the band will tour Europe in early 2020 to present the new material to their fans! Direct support will come from German dark-rock band LORD OF THE LOST. Melodic death metallers NAILED TO OBSCURITY and newcomers OCEANS will be playing as the opening acts! Find all dates below!
‘Renegades Tour’ – Europe 2020
w/ LORD OF THE LOST, NAILED TO OBSCURITY, OCEANS (*)
17.01. D Leipzig – Hellraiser*
18.01. D Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg*
19.01. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof*
21.01. F Paris – Le Trabendo
22.01. F Toulouse – Le Metronum
23.01. E Madrid – Sala Caracol
24.01. E Barcelona – Sala Bóveda
25.01. F Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
26.01. D Lindau – Club Vaudeville*
28.01. H Budapest – Dürer Kert
29.01. PL Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
30.01. A Vienna – Szene
31.01. D Munich – Backstage (Werk)*
01.02. CH Pratteln – Z7*
02.02. CZ Prague – Nová Chmelnice
04.02. N Oslo – John Dee
05.02. S Stockholm – Fryshuset
06.02. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
07.02. D Cologne – Essigfabrik*
08.02. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn*
09.02. D Hanover – Capitol*
11.02. D Saarbrücken – Garage*
12.02. D Nuremberg – Hirsch*
13.02. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo
14.02. UK London – O2 Academy Islington
15.02. UK Birmingham – HRH Metal IV
16.02. B Vosselaar – Biebob
Tickets on sale from 29.05. via www.renegades-tour.com
‘Renegades’ was recorded and produced during September 2018 until March 2019 by the band and Swedish producer Robin Leijon and is the first EQUILIBRIUM album to feature Skar with his clean vocals and Skadi Rosehurst on synths.