|Review: Embrace of Thorns - Entropy Dynamics|
Label: Nuclear Winter Records
Year released: 2022
Review online: January 21, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
I've been stalling on this one for a while. Entropy Dynamics is one of those albums that keeps drawing me in, yet I can't really say why. It's there, enjoyable enough while it's on, but that's it. I'm not really saying that in a bad way and, of course, this is highly subjective. This is a very "double personality" hybrid of black and death metal kind of music, some songs kicking in like they're second-wave black metal and others with a more early '90s death metal style to them. Throw in some death/thrash as well. "The Breath of the Beast" even reminds me of Deströyer 666's early material for Season of Mist, very fast, heavy and busy, yet with a polished sound that still conveys the savagery—even the vocals show some similarities. Speaking of polished sound, it does sound a little too clean for its own good as far as I'm concerned, though if you prefer a cleaner sound in your black/death, this should suit you just fine. There's a lot going on on Entropy Dynamics and it's a little all over the place, so multiple listens are a must to even begin to take it all in.
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