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"For the past ten years or so, Portuguese label Equilibrium Music has been providing us with some great darkwave, neo-classical, medieval, dark folk, ambient music. One of its latest signings is the Fr(...)"

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Equilibrium Music was raised with the intent of providing a breeding ground for Darkwave, Neo-Classical, Medieval, Dark Folk, Ambient music and related genres in Portugal.

We have initiated our activities in August 2000 as a distribution company, initially carrying titles from labels such as Iris/Prikosnovenie, Cold Meat Industry or Palace of Worms, and we have issued our first release - a Digipak MCD which also sets the debut for Portuguese Ethereal/Neo-Classical acoustic act Dwelling - in September 2001.

In the year 2002, our releases were restricted to the release of Portuguese female-fronted Gothic/Wave sensation Aenima's "Never Fragile" CDEP (over 30 minutes playing time!), presented in yet another impressive deluxe packaging.

Late in the following year, Dwelling's first full-length release, "Humana", was finally finished, and officialy released on the 6th October, with a presentation show taking place at the Lisboa Water Museum. The album has received excellent reviews worldwide, and was recently licensed for an Hong Kong release through Orpheus' Music.

Surprisingly enough, the beginning of 2004 brought us the opportunity to work together with Ataraxia and Autunna et sa Rose, for the release of a very special live recording from an acoustic live concert that both artists held at a church, in Rovigo, and yet another fine surprise landed on our lap thanks to Mr. Roger Karmanik of Cold Meat Industry, who told us about Lupercalia, a former World Serpent artist who were seeking a new label for their album... After hearing a couple of songs, we contacted this talented project immediately, and a couple of months later Lupercalia's "Florilegium" would be released, offering a stunning blend of medieval and neoclassical music with eastern-influenced melodies.

Yet another addition to the Equilibrium Music group is Mr. Vittorio Vandelli, better known for his work with Ataraxia, where he plays guitar. Vittorio's first solo album, "A Day of Warm Rain in Heaven", was released in September 2004.

The last months of 2004 brought us in touch with the Swedish Puissance, and an agreement was finally reached for the re-issue of their classic debut, "Let Us Lead", previously announced on numerous occasions through various labels which ended up never materializing. This deluxe edition, in matte-black Digipak, complete with UV-spot varnish, completely re-designed artwork, is now available, and features also a bonus track and re-mastered sound.

2005 would bring to our attention The Moon and the Nightspirit and ═on, two debutant projects who have since joined Equilibrium Music. Hailing from Hungary, the duo The Moon and the Nightspirit have presented a delicate jewel of Ethereal Folk, whereas the Irish-based ═on, headed by former Anathema and Antimatter musician Duncan Pattersson, are preparing a very personal trip to the darker reaches of the Celtic spirit.

Our debut on vinyl format came in early 2006, with the release of Arditi's "Destiny of Iron", a limited edition 7"EP which should serve as an appetizer to their third album, "Standards of Triumph" also released via Equilibrium Music later that year.

The past year of 2007 was the busiest since the inception of Equilibrium Music. January met us straining under rigorous discipline, as we prepared the return of the warmachine, the release of Puissance's "Grace of God", their latest album in 4 years. "Back In Control", their second album, and also Arditi's debut "Marching on to Victory", were also released at the same time.

Still during the first semestre, not only did we have the opportunity to accomodate the comeback of Dwelling for their second long-awaited album "Ainda Ú Noite", but also release the brilliant "Reg÷ RŰjtem" album by The Moon and the Nightpirit. The latter had its official release held at the "Trolls & Legendes" festival at Mons, Belgium, where the band received an award as the most promising act of the year.

During the early days of the Fall, two debutants on our roster marked their official releases. The Italian combo Hexperos, spawned out of the ruins of Gothica, released their "The Garden of the Hesperides". And meanwhile, the German/Dutch duo who conquered distance through proximity of heart, Poets to their Beloved unearthed "Embrace the Fool".

Still to come is the new opus by Arditi, "Omne Ensis Impera", hopefully before the next Winter Solstice.

We hope you enjoy our efforts - feel free to contact us.
Current Artists
Ethereal Neo-Classical compositions, exquisitely weaved out of acoustic guitars, violin and bass guitar, and blissfully adorned by sweet female vocals.

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Forerunners in blending post-Industrial soundscapes with seemingly Wagnerian inspired classical scores, the Swedish duo's controversial portrayal of human life often tends to raise a mix of conflicting feelings towards them.

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The Moon and the Nightspirit
The Moon and the Nightspirit is a musical project formed in 2003 by two seekers, Agnes and Mihaly. It is a mystical journey into the amaranthine realm of dreams and beauty, long-forgotten by modern man. A journey inspired by pagan fables and ancient Hungarian folk music. .

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Spearheaded by H. Möller and M. Björkman, Arditi tap into the darker side of Militaristic Neo-Classical ambiance and drag it around muddy trenches, far from pompous festive marches or alcohol fueled merry bunker songs.

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  • EQM033 - "Leading the Iron Resistance"
    Digipak CD / 12" LP [ 2010.09 ]
  • EQM032 - "Spirit of Sacrifice"
    Digipak CD [ 2010.09 ]
The brainchild of Duncan Patterson (also known for his involvement in Antimatter and Anathema). Although primarily a solo project, a number of guest musicians are involved in this new venture by the Ireland-based musician, which hereby explores a more acoustic and organic side to his composition.

One can arguably class Íon as Patterson's most personal creation to date - a creation which he has fathered on his own, and one through which he taps deeper into his spiritual identity and heritage. This musical entity which Patterson has named after the Gaelic word for 'pure' - a word which accurately pins down the project's mindset - seems to illude strict categorization, and even the apparently all-encompassing definition of World Music falls short in defining the ethereal moods that "Madre, Protégenos", Íon's debut album, comes to reveal.

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Gifted with a musical sensibility that remains unparalleled, Ashram have conquered a discreet yet faithful fanbase around their delicate music and memorable live performances.

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Poets to their Beloved
(Holland / Germany)
What better setting for the birth of an Ethereal Neo-Classical project than a percussion workshop held in Ireland by Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry?

Saskia and Marcel, the Dutch / German duo that form Poets to their Beloved, have recently completed the recordings their debut CD, which will be released in September 2007..

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Hexperos is the new project of the soprano Alessandra Santovito (ex-founding member of Gothica) and Francesco Forgione (double bass and keyboard), assisted by harpist Francesca Romana Di Nicola and the violinists Domenico Mancini and Alessandro Pensa.

Hexperos is music of love and mystery, a melancholy-ridden offering of Neo-Classical Chamber music with a dreamy Mediterranean fragrance, which brings back universal myths of ages past into our modern age.

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Les Fragments de la Nuit
Les Fragments de la Nuit is a blossoming band created in 2005 by Michel Villar (piano) and Ombeline Chardes (violin), score composers for film. In order to play their pieces on stage, they decided to set up a quintet made up of three violins, a cello and a piano. Their music, ranging from tragic to epic and atmospheric was greeted by audiences with unexpected enthusiasm. Some see in it the influence of repetitive music composers such as Philip Glass or Steve Reich, others the melancholic emotion found in the works of Arv÷ Part or Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Encouraged by such fervour, Fragments de la Nuit have played their music to a growing number of passionate spectators, keeping in mind their motto: źOur music is poetry in which words are notes, a memory in which images are dreams╗..

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  • EQM028 - "Demain c'était Hier" Digipak CD 2010 [ 2010.10 ]
Deleyaman was formed in Normandy, France in 2000 by Aret Madilian (the American member of the band born in Istanbul, who grew up in Los Angeles and who now resides in France), together with Beatrice Valantin, Gerard Madilian and Mia Bjorlingsson, all of which of different nationalities - French, Swedish and Armenian - and all living in France.

Hardly classifiable into a single genre, Deleyaman combines Darkwave with ethnic and ethereal elements, translating a sense of timeless spirituality into a contemporary and universal language.

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Signa Inferre
The finest offspring in the latest crop of Neo-Classical / Martial Industrial music.

Although the project has only recently surfaced, the maturity displayed in their pieces should quickly earn them a favorable position in the Neo-Classical / Martial Industrial scene. Leaving behind the typical insipid blending of samples lifted from Classical music recordings and looped ad nauseam, Signa Inferre's work develops in fluid and continuous progression, giving birth to fully accomplished epic scores brimming with martial beauty.

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  • t.b.a. - debut album Digipak CD 2010
Over the last 12 years, the name Rajna has become synonimous with Ethnic-influenced Ethereal music.

For the 9th full lenght album, "Offering", the remarkable French duo join Equilibrium Music. A release where they continue to explore the World Music side of their music, adding new textures and colors through the use of a vast array of acoustic ethnic instrumentation.

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Previous Cooperations
A superb combination between technological artifacts and melodic song writing, augmented by spellbinding female vocals.

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Ataraxia & Autunna et sa Rose
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Following a very special live performance that brought them together at the church of St. Michele in Rovigo, Ataraxia and Autunna et sa Rose have agreed to release the songs especially arranged for this unique occasion on CD.

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In the finest Italian Neo-Classical Medieval/Gothic Italian tradition, Lupercalia's blend together Eastern and European influences in an alchemical creation produced by top-notch musicianship and a strong soprano voice.

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Vittorio Vandelli
Inspired by Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, this solo work by Ataraxia's guitarist, displays both trademark elements of his main band and a rich myriad of influences and sounds new to his composition. Featuring Francesca Nicoli on vocals.

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