Hailing from Toronto, Entropy is a thrash/groove metal band that, despite being under a lot of people’s radar, has had a career spanning almost two decades, sticking true to their style and roots. E3, the new release, represents their comeback to the metal arena, after having been silent for the last 17 years, since the release of their 1995 album Trascendence”.
E3 is a pure thrash album (there’s a clear influence of Slayer here) with a touch of groove, reminiscent at times of Pantera and, dare I say it, even Godsmack (check the song “Premonition” if you don’t believe me). Having said that, despite the overall dominance of thrash and groove metal, some songs take some clear inspiration from other genres of music, from progressive (“Darknes Eclipsed”) to classic heavy metal (“Bloodrites”), with even some power and doom metal thrown in for good measure.
Musically the band works well, although some technical problems can be detected in a few tracks, probably as a result of this release being rather independent in nature, and not backed up by a major label. If you take this factor into consideration you quickly realize that the final product is nothing short of amazing.
Of course, not everything is perfect, and a few negative elements do stand out, While singer Gerry Schreinert can, without a doubt, handle the harsh thrash style of singing, his attempts at falsettos are, to say the least, unsuccessful. Also, the album also seems to be repetitive at times (yes, despite the goulash of elements that can be found here) and I sometimes found myself not really knowing if I was already on a different track or if I was still listening to the same one… then again, neither thrash nor groove metal are characterized by their groundbreaking sound (after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) so perhaps we should giveEntropya pass.
The verdict? E3 is a solid album of a band that seems to be, unfairly, under the radar. While the album has some issues that need to be fixed both musically (the falsetto!) and in terms of production (even if, for the most part, the result was successful) the fact that the band managed to put this out on their own really says a lot. Clearly, there’s a lot of potential here, and we should keep our eyes open for whatever is in store for them.
Release: June 2012