Entropia (PL)
Vesper


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2013 | 145 replies


Release Date: 02/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than it has any right to be.

In an atmospheric black metal scene plagued by stagnation and inter-group cannibalization, it can be increasingly difficult to discover bands that are simultaneously unique and emotionally investing, making a find like Poland's Entropia a scarce and beautiful thing to behold. Vesper, their debut full-length, is an entirely enthralling journey that fuses the emotion and ferocity of black metal with the massive soundscapes of post-rock and the crushing riffs and structures of sludge metal. These myriad influences come together in a hugely successful way that Vesper's seemingly innocuous on-paper credentials may seem to deny it, but once in a blue moon bands like Entropia can create music that is far deeper and more involving than it has any right to be and this album is one of those rare and wonderful instances. For a perfect example of everything that Entropia do right on Vesper, look no farther than the five-minute album opener 'Dante'. This brilliant track, with its smooth transitions from blast beat-laden black metal sections to immense, drop-tuned riffs, beautifully summarizes the wondrous melding of feeling and intensity that pervades the record's entire fifty minutes. The title track, on the other hand, is a stunning exemplar of the other, far more atmospheric side of Vesper, containing some of this year's most heartbreakingly gorgeous moments in a post-rock track. The album's other four tracks strike a balance between these two extremes, occasionally delving into generic territory but largely retaining Vesper's status as one of the best atmospheric black metal efforts of 2013 to date. This final statement is no exaggeration: from the city-leveling riffs of 'Merat' and 'Pascal' to the heart-rending leads of the title track to the exhilarating Wolves in the Throne Rooom-isms of 'Gauss', Vesper is an entirely engaging and unmissable effort that will serve as one of the crowning jewels of its genre's output this year.



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Ignimbrite
June 23rd 2013


5354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I promised this review to a band member a while back and I'd blanked on it until now. Seriously. This rules. Again, the review's arguably not up to my pre-hiatus standards, but I'm working my way back up there.

Also, as an ode to all those who (rightfully) whine about my propensity toward positive reviews, my next review will be lukewarm/negative. Pinky promise.

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FearThyEvil
June 23rd 2013


12558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see this reviewed. I just listened to it yesterday and was completely enthralled.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


7397 Comments


The Polish band I know completely nothing about. Why am I not surprised?

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Keyblade
June 23rd 2013


14890 Comments


yesss this got a review. awesome album

Ignimbrite
June 23rd 2013


5354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

y'all should know by now that post-rock, sludge metal, and black metal combo = instant Kroner Boner

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2013


17885 Comments


Hey this sounds real good. I like your short reviews, keep doing them

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Calc
June 23rd 2013


12213 Comments


people whine that you write positive reviews?

lol.

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zaruyache
June 23rd 2013


6605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also glad this finally got a review.

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Cygnatti
June 23rd 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have this bookmarked on youtube but never listened to it.

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Relinquished
June 23rd 2013


25100 Comments


"Kroner Boner"

one of the main things going for you I presume

Vakarian12
June 23rd 2013


3859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good to this finally got a review, good stuff!

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MO
June 24th 2013


18776 Comments


this is good shit

Dodecahedron
June 24th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favorites so far this year.

Ignimbrite
June 24th 2013


5354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

one of the main things going for you I presume


more or less yeah

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2013


18524 Comments


good user yeah

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Vakarian12
June 24th 2013


3859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gauss is soty

Thanntos
June 24th 2013


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favorite albums of the year so far aside from Deafheaven. This is just brutally crushing and massive bm/sludge much like Celeste's 'Morte(s) Nee(s)' was in 2010.

Wanted to do a review for it cause I love it so much but didn't have the time

oresttt
June 24th 2013


927 Comments


Gauss is soty [2]

They just posted your review on their Facebook page.

Dreamflight
June 24th 2013


1760 Comments


wow this sounds really good.

Evreaia
June 24th 2013


4043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome shit



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