Released: 2007, Metalbolic Records
Featuring ex-members of Acheron, Diabolic, Incubus, and Hellwitch, Equinox was spewed forth from the mire way back in 1992. They’ve been a relatively quiet band though, as they’ve only put out an E.P. and two other albums (besides an assortment of demos) up until 2003. The band was seemingly quiet from then until now.
Now that they’re back, what does Equinox have in store for metaldom? Unfortunately, nothing much. Given the band’s pedigree, you would expect them to be a brutal death metal machine, but they are more of a blackened death beast, heavily influenced by Dimmu Borgir song structures. They’re definitely not symphonic mind you, but keyboards do pop up here and there. There’s also a pronounced Slayer influence in the soloing and even some of the riffs (“Cloaked in Shadow” evokes memories of the more atonal bits of SOUTH OF HEAVEN). Granted, it all sounds like it has the potential to be devastating, but sadly it boils down to a derivative and generic listen, without a soul of its own.
Best song would be speedy “Night of the Churchyard Watcher” as it’s about the only time the band really works up a froth. The other four songs just kind of churn along, finish, and launch into the next one, until the pointless drum solo called “The 6th Day” wraps things up.
I guess there are some that would go crazy for THE IMMORTAL KIND, but to me it sounds like strictly entry-level stuff. Moving right along…