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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Foreword
  2. Welcome to Entropia
  3. Winning a War
  4. People Passing By
  5. Oblivion Ocean
  6. Stress
  7. Revival
  8. Void of Her
  9. To The End
  10. Never Learn to Fly
  11. Circles
  12. Nightmist
  13. Plains of Dawn
  14. Leaving Entropia (Epilogue)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 7, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00002MZ50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Archel on December 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My Pain of Salvation collection started with their latest and greatest masterpiece, Perfect Element, and then their second release One Hour by the Concrete Lake. Both albums made it into my favourites real quick, as seems to have been the case with many others who've given this awesome new prog-band a chance.
I thought two PoS albums would do me fine for a while so I delayed purchasing Entropia. Now that I've got it, I can't believe I didn't buy it sooner. I was blown away with this band again, just as much as I was when I heard the Perfect Element.
This is not as coherent and masterfully crafted as the Perfect Element, nor as refined as One Hour by the Concrete Lake, but it's different enough to deem comparisons irrelevant. You don't get the beautiful vocal melodies and harmonies that you'll find throughout the Perfect Element, but you get more rhythmic diversity and adventure, with lots of tempo changes and unique structures (that actually work well), and fairly prominent infusions of funk (the slap bass works really well), jazz and thrash in a progressive rock mindset. This album should particularly please those who found The Perfect Element and One Hour to be lacking in heavy guitar work.
This is a very daring album that exhibits immense originality and diversity, supported by superb musicianship. It is progressive in every sense of the word. Much more so than most of the essentially recycled material that passes as 'progressive' rock/metal just because it was considered progressive when somebody else did it first.
The production on Entropia is, surprisingly, much cleaner than that on PoS's subsequent two releases.
Anyone that was impressed by the Perfect Element and One Hour by the Concrete Lake should own this album for a different but equally satisfying PoS experience. This album could even win audiences that the other two could not, particularly those who enjoy stuff like Faith no More or Living Colour.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Barker on November 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't want to sound too overbearing, but Pain of Salvation's first album, Entropia, is possibly one of the most original and revolutionary musical masterpieces of the second half of this century, comparable to "Sargent Pepper" of Beatles fame. This music takes the super-genre of progressive metal and rock to a higher level, infusing influence from anywhere from classical, funk, to death metal. This is NOT an album for the light-hearted or un-adventureous. Daneil Gildenlow (lead vocalist, guitarist and composer) shows an amaizing array of flexebility in his music and in his heart, this is truely emotional music for the complexity of the human spirit. Like any great work of art, it has it's unsettling statements and character that challenge our comfort level, almost getting too undeniably close to the questions and answers that plague our society and our human nature. Guildenlow has an incredible voice, but more importantly, he has an incredible amount of a soul and spirit, and you can feel this through his voice and music. There is a wide veriety of influences to this band, you can hear Debussy to Faith No More, Dream Theater, Schostakovich, Pink Floyed, Marillion, and quite a bit of light opera (some of the parts very much remind me of the style of Les Misserables, the band pays special tribute to Jesus Christ Superstar).
The album itself is a thematic concept album, as it has no plot in the traditional sense, but more reocurring metephores and themes. The main themes of this album are anti-war and anti-hate. The lyrics read like poetry. It is very deep, intellectual outlook onto the dark side of humanity and society.
As for the music itself, there is EVERYTHING on this album, I've never heard a cleaner mix of styles.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on November 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
That's what I first thought after listening to Pain of Salvation's debut album for the first time. It was really unlike anything else I'd ever heard, and I didn't know what to think. Entropia is such an eclectic synthesis of so many different musical styles that it truly is original and, well, progressive. That wouldn't be worth much if the songs were badly written, but Pain of Salvation is headed by one of the most brilliant writers/vocalists in the genre.
Most progressive metal copies Dream Theater's Images & Words album, and that gets real old real quick. But some bands, like PoS, actually bring fresh ideas to the genre. Yes, Entropia's got long songs, melody shifts aplenty, weird time changes, and varied song structure, but none of these things are really progressive. Being progressive is about pushing boundaries on musical composition and musicianship. Entropia does this. This is unique album
This innovation comes with its challenges, but if you don't enjoy challenging music you should probably skip this review and this band entirely. I found the album album quite hard to get into because it is so different. Also, sometimes the implementation of so many styles sometimes seems to have been done in a sort of random way, with no real regard to how it fit in the context of the song. There are some awkward herky-jerky musical moments where flow of the song becomes disjointed and suffers. It mostly works ("Revival", "!", for instance), but sometimes it doesn't.
Despite some criticism, the album largely works well. Melody changes are seamless and mostly make sense. Listen to how a song can naturally move from a chugging and vicious guitar riff to a surreal jazzy interlude and you can't help but be amazed.
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