- Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
- Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Inside Out Music
- ASIN: B00002MZ50
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was before I knew about prog rock internet radio where I could pick and choose from MANY MANY artists of all sorts of nationalities. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kevin Finn
The first track on this debut album says it all. It blew everything else away. The power of this band and the range of Daniel Gildenlow is unmatched. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by The Pink Panty Bun
With this album begins an illustrious, storied career of one of progressive metal's most talented and beloved acts, Pain of Salvation, led by its charismatic frontman, Daniel... Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by Codera
Being a fan of progressive, I would try to find passages to enjoy in these consciously bombastic overtures. Too often however I am just rubbed the wrong way with his approach. Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by IRate
Sweden's Pain Of Salvation is one of the more unique progressive metal bands on the scene today. They continually move in different directions and challenge the notion of just... Read morePublished on November 26, 2007 by Steven Sly
As a debut album, I have only two words to say.
This is a short review, that says six words. Read more
This is my favorite POS album, mainly due to its raw emotion and adventurous spirit. Is there any type of music not used on this recording? Read morePublished on June 13, 2006 by Jeffrey D. Elsenheimer
Though I'm sure to piss off alot of POS fans, I just didn't feel this album was as well excecuted as the rest of their efforts. Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by A. Martinez
Easily one of the best debuts that has ever crossed my ears, Pain of Salvation's Entropia marked the start of what would be a consistent chain of absolutely staggering progressive... Read morePublished on December 23, 2005 by Boris Kaplun