Entropia is a relatively unknown group from Poland, consisting of members that have been in no other notable bands. Previously only releasing a demo and an EP, Vesper is the band’s first full length album, and what a great album it is. Vesper is an album that mixes Black Metal, Post Metal, and Sludge. The song structures are varied, and the songs do tend to drone on at times, while also breaking off from that style and becoming progressive throughout. There are 2 vocalists, Marek Ceńkar and Michał Dziedzic, who really sound amazing, especially when both of them are screaming together with their raspy vocals. They really give each other some great support. Dante starts off the album with a mixture of the post metal/black metal style riffing and intense drumming. This song is a great intro and sets the tone well for the remainder of the album. The next track, Gauss, has an intro that is reminiscent of black metal ambient music I have been into lately. Following this, the powerful drumming bursts in like a valiant steed. The song does switch it up to a post-metal style about midway through, and has some really great melodies. Pascal is the third track of the album, and when I had first started listening to this album, was my favorite. The song begins with a post-rock style intro, and then changes it up a few minutes in back to the black metal style with electric guitars and drums of despair. After this little section, the song finishes the last few minutes by somewhat combining the two previous sections you had heard, into one amazing post rock melody carried on by black metal screams and riffs. Title track Vesper is next, which is the only instrumental on the album. The song begins with an ominous bass line, and carries on. Keyboards add much atmosphere to this track, which again builds up into a great track. Tesla, the fifth track, and my personal favorite now, begins with a spoken word intro. After this, the song just immediately begins ripping your face off with explosive screaming and pounding riffs, which progress nicely throughout, which I highly enjoy. The final track on the album, Marat, has a slow meandering lead guitar intro that has quite a bit of distortion. It sounds as if you were walking through a graveyard, and then picks up speed quickly with repetitive riffing and rabid drum beats. Both vocalists are prominently layered together on this track, which really adds a great touch. Vesper is by far one of the best albums to be released in 2013, and by a fresh face no less. These guys are going somewhere good with material like this, that is for sure. Highly recommended.
Genre: Black Metal, Sludge, Post-Metal,
Label: None/Self Released
Release: February 28th, 2013