Decillion - Entropy ©2000 Chaos Consortium Network
1. Sea Of Uncertainty
2. Cast Pearls Before Swine
3. Nacrolepsy
4. Restitution
5. Come Reap
6. Second War In Heaven

Decillion, a Canadian metal band, might best be described as jam-heavy progressive metal, but without all the trappings and connotations that genre tends to get. For example, there are no shrieking eunuch-boy vocals, nor excessive solos in an attempt to show off just how well the guitarists paid attention to their scales lessons. Rather, Decillion dwells in a sound that has a very firm foundation in late 80's metal, with a bit of a nod to Fates Warning at the peripheral level. Their sound cannot be pinned down to one specific influence, but the mood and overall effect of the album tends to convince me it could have been released in 1989 and been fitting.

Not that Decillion sounds dated. Instead, their non-contemporary approach harkens back a decade or so while retaining a bit of a modern feel. The songs, split up into subsections, do wander quite a bit through lenghty instrumental passages and occasional sampled orations (such as the bit in the first track, which I believe was taken from the Hindenburg Blimp explosion radio broadcast, though I could be wrong). While lenghty, the band is able to keep the songs from either being too meandering or uninteresting. Jesse Lacharite's vocals have a strange quality that reminds me of possibly John Arch in a lower register or a less raspy John Bush from the earlier days of Armored Saint. More often than not, I've found myself trying to remember just who from the 80s he sounds like.

Of the very minor quibbles for Entropy, the production of the album is less than desirable as it robs the guitars of much of their bite. It can be argued that its almost subdued atmosphere helps create the mood which I enjoy, but at the same time, you know that the guitars should have more bite to them. But regardless, Entropy is an unpretentious and quite satisfying progressive metal album that fully avoids all the dismal showoff traits of many bands who claim to be progressive.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/2000

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