Tuesday 29 September 2015

Entropy O.A.C - Dark Clouds And Clarity


1. Failure To Thrive
2. Endless Fire
3. Realm Of Grey

I'm in a buoyant mood tonight. Things seem to be falling nicely into place in my life outside of this blog. As I write this, I realise that I've been covering more EP's than I have full-lengths but I like the balance of short-sharp stabs of music and more engrossing bodies of work. The former was what drew me to Wisconsin metallers Entropy O.A.C. Yet another band I knew very little about before I received the promo for 2015 EP Dark Clouds And Clarity. From what I've read, they've been a band for over a decade (granted they did stop and then reunite) with a couple of EP's and a full-length to their name. They're signed to Pavement Entertainment (whom they've released this EP through) and they've shared the stage with Soil in the past. I have a fondness for Soil, so hopefully these guys should grab me more than Five Finger Death Punch did!

These guys take me back. Not because I knew of them before, but because nu-metal was to blame for me getting into extreme music so heavily. For that, I have nothing but respect for a lot of the bands from that era. Entropy O.A.C are reaping that sound in 2015. Akin to bands like Cold, early-Theory Of A Deadman and Drowning Pool. Failure To Thrive is full of crunching guitars and big screams with clean singing throughout. It’s angsty and very obvious in it’s influence, but I have no problem with that at all. Endless Fire is Entropy O.A.C’s ballad if you will. A mid-paced, emotive song that’s as catchy as it is depressive. At risk of name-dropping any more bands, EP closer Realm Of Grey made me immediately think of Mudvayne. Typical lazy journalism aside, I’ve enjoyed Dark Clouds And Clarity. I’m still a sucker for a catchy song and good musicianship, which is what you get from Entropy O.A.C. If you’re “too kvlt” don’t bother, but if you’re less serious and want something with a bit of nostalgia buried in it then you’ll enjoy this EP. 

You can check out the video for Endless Fire on Youtube here:-

Realm Of Grey is also up there.

Entropy O.A.C Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Entropyofall
Pavement Entertainment Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Pavementent

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