Pain Of Salvation - Entropia review
|Band:||Pain Of Salvation|
|Release date:||August 1997|
01. ! (Foreword)
02. Welcome To Entropia
03. Winning A War
04. People Passing By
05. Oblivion Ocean
08. Void Of Her
09. To The End
10. Never Learn To Fly [Japanese bonus]
13. Plains Of Dawn
14. Leaving Entropia (Epilogue)
This album is the one that started it all. Daniel Gildenlöw started this band in 1984 at the age of 11, and this album came out in Japan in 1997 and in Europe in 1999. During this time, writing and performing music in various shows and contests definitely helped to evolve the sound. At the age of 24, Daniel was in my humble opinion a really good songwriter and showcasing his amazing voice, one of metal's best! Along with D. Magdic (his only album with the band, although he co-wrote some songs for the next album) they wrote this impressive first album for Pain Of Salvation.
This is definitely not their best album, but it is still an amazing progressive metal record. Anyone could definitely see how it led to the magnificent "The Perfect Element Part I" and "Remedy Lane". However, the sound in those two later releases is somewhat fuller, with better production, and they are more personal. The album starts off with "! (foreword)", and oh my god what a start it is! This is one of my favorite PoS tracks, which immediately showcases Daniel's vocal abilities and the talent of the band. It is probably their most up-tempo album (the most metal, if you like), although it has it's slow moments as well. Some other songs that stand out are "People Passing By", which is a bit more than nine minutes long and takes you on a journey of ups and downs and leaves you extremely satisfied at the end of it. Then there is "Oblivion Ocean" which is quite sad, but the music is just beautiful. Another very good track is "Revival" which is probably the most powerful song and has quite aggressive lyrics, which is always good!
The band liked experimenting a lot since their early days and you can tell that by listening carefully to their tracks, because you will be able to tell that there are some passages that are a bit funky or jazzy for example. Also, a couple of these songs were written a few years before the recording, like "Oblivion Ocean" for instance. I am not even going to comment on the lyrics on this album or any other of their's for that matter, since they are always well thought and I would need a couple of pages to comment on them. They are just excellent as always and they deal with worldwide problems like war for example, in this album's case. I would even dare call them contemporary poetry.
All in all, this album is a very strong start for an amazing band and would give any progressive metal band a run for their money. I would recommend any of their albums to anyone, although this one is a little bit rawer than their later work. This album starts with the lyrics: "Walk with me! There are worlds to see! Listen to me now - you." And you will walk with them, see worlds, and you do all of that by just listening to them.
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