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Entropia: Evolve

Following on from the Entropia debut album Simetria (which was available as a free download), comes the Evolve EP, which finds this band of Colombian prog-metallers stretching their sound out in a variety of directions. Simetria, strong though it was, found Entropia happy to stay within the safe confines of what the prog-metal elite had set out, with numerous references to Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation or Symphony X being prevalent throughout. However Evolve lives up to its name, evolving into a more metallic beast, whilst also adding deeper, richer melodies to the band's previous outlook.

To sample the meatier side of things, hurtle into "Thoughts Confined", which marries growled shouts, with stunning, clean harmony vocals. Brutal riffs with sumptuous keyboards. And pummelling drums with light cymbal splashes and pings. Not bad for a five minute jaunt! On the other hand "Stream", of which there is a full and edited version included, is sleeker and altogether more refined, with the keys moving to the forefront, jostling with staccato bursts of guitars. This time however the melodious vocals and dancing bass line win through, making for a song that verges on the epic, while remaining a fair distance away from overly bombastic. The other two tracks "Fragmented" and "Burn" sit somewhere in between the out and out metal with a hint of prog and the prog with a hint of metal that their song-mates offer, making for tight, focused music that still dazzles with its dexterity, while appealing to those of a more song based nature.

There's enough provided on the four individual songs presented here to suggest that Entropia are not a million miles away from coming up with something pretty special. Evolve isn't quite it, but that doesn't stop this EP, in a genre where both of these are becoming increasingly rare commodities, from being a release with bags of character and the odd glimpse of something ever so slightly different. In itself that is a recommendation.

Track Listing
1. Fragmented
2. Burden
3. Thoughts Confined
4. Stream
5. Stream (Radio Edit)

Added: June 9th 2012
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Entropia at
Hits: 2070
Language: english

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