Entropia – Evolve
Compared with Simetria, Entropia’s 2012 EP Evolve is a very new approach. Perhaps spending too much time on metal message boards, the band decided to forgo lead keyboards for deeper vocals, meatier guitar tones, and an overall more thrash-inspired approach. Production is a major upgrade as well. The first track, “Fragmented”, is probably the best. It maintains the core of melodic progressive metal while layering on top a hefty serving of thrash metal. “Burden” is in a similar vein, reminiscent of the band’s previous work with lots of background keyboard melodies, but with punch and some really unnecessary background screaming. The riffs are great on this and I wanted to really love it, but I can’t imagine too many listeners imagining that the screams were a positive touch; mercifully, they’re not the focus of the song.
If the opening riff to “Thoughts Confined” doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping a bit, check your pulse because you might be in a bit of trouble very soon. As the song goes on though (as is the case with much of this EP), the heaviness becomes too derivative of typical thrash metal, and it loses the ‘interesting’ progressive elements. I say this not to imply that one genre is better than the other, but Entropia’s strength is clearly with prog metal. The fourth and final track, “Streams”, veers off in the other direction, and while it is not as memorable as “Thoughts Confined’s” potential, it’s overall a bit stronger, thanks to playing more to the band’s strengths.
Dagg’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5