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To deserve the term 'timeless', an album really does have to transcend the era in which it was created. Equilibrium unequivocally achieves this. With roots in '60s psychedelia and classic rock, the fuzzy stoner riffs of the '70s, the grit of '90s grunge and the winning dirty rock 'n' roll that has in recent years made a resurgence, Boston, MA's Gozu have been churning out killer records since 2009. With 2016's Revival they took their sound in a somewhat new and more aggressive direction - and Equilibrium has only raised the stakes.
From the moment the opening riff that heralds the arrival of "Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat" erupts until the final feedback of closer "Ballad Of ODB" dies away, there is not a wasted moment on Equilibrium. Having reunited with Revival producer Dean Baltulonis (Hatebreed, Goes Cube, The Hold Steady) at Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the record is certainly the catchiest and most instant music dropped by the quartet, embracing their love of pop music but without compromising on any of the other vital elements of their sound.
It is more or less impossible to listen to the likes of "They Probably Know Karate" or "Prison Elbows" and not find yourself humming the refrains. At the same time, the former also wields one of the most crushing riffs you're likely to hear in 2018, and the heavily and gorgeously layered outro passages of the latter serve to take the listener to a whole other place. Furthermore, defying those that proclaim the album a 'dead format', there is a true ebb and flow to Equilibrium that is only possible through quality songwriting and the passion poured into everything that they do.