The Pitch: Polish psychedelic black metal band Entropia follow up the excellent Ufonaut with a new opus via Arachnophobia Records. FFO: Schammasch, Tool, Bolzer
What I Like: Entropia have really fallen down the rabbit hole with this one. Where Ufonaut still had some semblence of traditional structure and post-black aesthetic, Vacuum largely abandons convention in favor of lengthy, freeform jam sessions. There are still some harsh vocals and blastbeats to be found, but mostly expect a psychedelic haze of infectious grooves and wailing freeform guitar somewhere between Tool and Jimmy Hendrix. It’s a proggy acid trip that puts a heavier, modern spin on the likes of YES and King Crimson. In fact, I kept thinking of the episode of Venture Brothers where Dr. Venture introduces Dean to his old record collection. Like those albums, this one was made for a reclining chair and big headphones. Lay back, close your eyes, and experience the colors.
Critiques: I generally prefer Ufonaut given my inclination towards more aggressive music, but it almost seems unfair to compare the two. It’s apples and oranges, and I appreciate when a band doesn’t just make the same album over and over again. It can get a little repetitious though.
The Verdict: Entropia continue to push their sound forward and express their artistic vision only as they see fit. While I'm just not as much of a "jam session" progger, I feel immersed in what they've done here; and fans of the genre will only appreciate it more.
Flight's Fav's: Wisdom, Astral, Endure
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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