Updated: Jun 7, 2020
Equipoise's wild and bewildering debut album "Demiurgus" is now out on CD/2LP and on all streaming platforms via The Artisan Era. The album has even reached the US billboard charts at number #25. More from Metal Injection :
"When the group first put out Birthing Homunculi in 2016, the line-up was already impressive as the band's guitarists Nick Padovani and Zack Hohn got a lot of killer talent on board for the release including Inferi and Ashen Horde vocalist Stevie Boiser, Beyond Creation’s phenomenal fretless bassist Hugo Doyon-Karout, and piano/keyboard genius Jimmy Pitts of Eternity’s End, Pitt’s Minneman Project, and NYN fame. For Demiurgus, the line-up has gotten even wilder with the addition of First Fragment,Chthe'ilist, and more shredder Phil Tougas plus Wormhole/Perihelion guitarist Sanjay Kumar. Rounding out the new musicians in the fold is ex-Hate Eternal and ex-The Faceless standout drummer Chason Westmoreland giving a spectacular performance that ties everything together.
The end result of such a union could have been all excess without focus, instead, it’s excess and focused, perfectly utilizing all their talents while retaining a melodic focused proggy tech-death framework that anchors this in a more “easily” digestible format overall.While I’m normally not a big fan of re-recording prior material for inclusion on new material, including new re-worked and expanded versions of Birthing Homunculi here was a great idea too.
For people just hearing it for the first time, the songs carried over from Birthing Homuncul in an expanded updated form between track three and track seven, are a nice touch since they’re somewhat different than the other seven new songs written after that period that make up the rest of the album. For people familiar with that material already, I think most fans will be on board with the move since adding real drums and expanding them really makes those songs from 2016 sound their best yet here. If we titled this as an It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia episode as an homage, it would have to be “The Gang Sells Shred Crack, Again”. There will be some who understand how that ties in, if not, maybe some schemes are best left in the trash. Some would argue in an It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia-manner, replete with vague hungry growling Danny Devito nods to the trash man, that this could have wound up a literal dumpster fire in line with its self-deprecating meme-ification manner of growing through social media like a virus. Instead, Equipoise has continued diversifying their sound in many different ways on Demiurgus,exceeding even my own expectations for what this album might have wound up having to offer. Demiurgus is the first standout tech-death record of 2019 to my ears, this is an intriguing mix of over-the-top, catchy, and forward-thinking all at once. As usual, you be the judge, so click play below and give Demiurgus a shot. If you’re digging the music, pre-orders can be placed in a variety of bundle formats and through their Bandcamp page. You can follow the band over on the Equipoise Facebook Page."