Equilibrium might actually be the Crowbar record I revisit most often. Not that I can recall all of these tunes offhand, but I just love their crazy cover of Gary Wright’s 70’s soft-rocker “Dream Weaver” that closes this one out. They take a tune that’s super cheesy and make it all slow, heavy and depressing. I guess that sorta sums up what I like about the band in the first place…
“I Feel the Burning Sun” kicks ‘er off with some chunky, chuggy, sludgy riffage, this new-millennium issuing sounding fuller and more bass-heavy than their earlier recordings. The title track follows, another slice of bottom-heavy groove metal that still slows things down to a trademark doomy crawl with Windstein wailing overhead and some great breakdowns at the end. “Glass Full of Liquid Pain” leans more towards true doom with its winding, lugubrious riffage, while “Command of Myself” makes heavy use of the wah pedal for a downtrodden, slow-mo stomp.
“Down into the Rotting Earth” carries on in a similar style, with Kirk punctuating some pounding percussion with his mournful cries. “To Touch the Hand of God” actually begins with piano, adding an air of melancholy to the proceedings. In fact, it’s pretty much a piano ballad, yet it doesn’t sound out of place with the rest of the sombre tunes on the album. “Uncovering” brings back the sludge in a big way, with some aggressive chugs that stop on a dime, leading to a breakdown that wouldn’t be outta place on either Down IV EP.
“Buried Once Again” is another downtuned stomper, maybe a little bit of Down in here, too. “Things You Can’t Understand” is a pretty decent mid-paced basher with a refrain about mind-fucking, while “Euphoria Minus One” has some solid slow parts and vicious breakdowns. But really, man, it’s all about “Dream Weaver.”