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★★☆☆ Holy fuck, is this folksy. With most other bands, folk metal tips over too easily into awkward caricature. But somehow, not only do Equilibrium avoid this trap, but their unflinching commitment helps them create an authenticly uplifting headbanging experience. At its best, “Erdentempel” sounds like Týr as performed by DragonForce. The first half of the album is sadly far stronger than the second half, which devolves into too-literal renditions of European beerhall staples. But definitely check out at least the first 20 minutes of this album.