"In an atmospheric black metal scene plagued by stagnation and inter-group cannibalization, it can be increasingly difficult to discover bands that are simultaneously unique and emotionally investing, making a find like Poland's Entropia a scarce and beautiful thing to behold." Ryan Kroner SputnikMusic.com
Entropia have been honing their craft for the last 6 years and it shows. Vesper, released earlier this year is their first full length and it's become one of the best reviewed metal (or post-rock, shoegaze, etc.) albums of the year. In fact, I challenge you to find a bad review anywhere.
On SputnikMusic.com Vesper is ranked in the top 5 on the black metal and post-rock charts, #1 on the sludge metal chart, and is #15 in all genres as voted by users. Entropia has earned higher scores than most other heavy hitters' albums from this year.
"[Vesper] provides a solemn atmosphere that manages to sustain the heaviness of their black metal roots without forsaking the shoegaze that also spawned their sound. ...it is painstakingly polished. Nothing about this album is out of place." - Encyclopaedia Metallum
"Vesper is a refreshing shift from the hypersensitivity and repetitiveness that has been corrupting the post/black scene lately." - The Sonic Sensory
"A collection of six unique, yet interconnected, songs, the last four minutes of “Pascal” are absolutely divine in their purpose and focus." - The Esoteric Alembic
"Sometimes aggressive and threatening, sometimes melancholic and subdued or dreamy , but always with a sense of purpose and urgency. Highly recommended." - Lords of Metal
Decibel Magazine says "Entropia play expansive, melancholic black-splashed post-metal.This record takes you on one of those hour-long journeys through the rippling darkness of self and space that never gets mired in repetition or feels like waiting for a dozen samey songs to end. Guitar chords and melodies split the difference between contemplative and aggressive, drums plod and rip in perfect complement, and hellish rasped vocals explode from the album’s bleak center."
Alpine Stranger is proud to offer Vesper to you. This will be pressed as a double LP on black vinyl with grey splatter (limited to 100), black/grey A side B side splatter (limited to 150), and black vinyl (limited to 250). The records will be housed in a gatefold jacket and come with a download card of the full album. The band will also be receiving copies pressed on an exclusive color available only through them (black with grey splatter). Final pressing numbers will be made available after the campaign has ended. Cover art will be different from the image above.
Everyone at Alpine Stranger and Entropia appreciate all of your help in making this happen.
You can stream the full album at Entropia's Bandcamp page.
Risks and challenges
The vinyl pressing process will begin as soon as our goal is reached. We are hoping to have the records mailed out in December unless there are delays at the processing plant. Pressing plants don't offer concrete turnaround times so delays are certainly possible. If this happens we will ship records as soon as we get them but we'll keep you updated on the manufacturing progress.
TIP JAR REWARD - You don't need a record but you want to help this album get pressed anyway? This is for you. Entropia, Alpine Stranger Records, and the other backers thank you. You can always give more if you want!
COLORED VINYL EDITION - Backers will receive one copy of Vesper on vinyl. This will be a 2xLP on grey splatter vinyl (limited to 150 copies total) housed in a gatefold jacket. You will also get a download card with the full album. Shipping is included in the US! Backers in Poland please add $5 shipping.
BAND EXCLUSIVE COLOR - Can't make it to Poland to pick one of these up? This is for you. Backers will get one copy of Vesper on black vinyl with grey splatter. 100 will be made, only 10 available here. You're name will also appear in the "thank you" section of the liner notes. Backers in Poland please add $5 for shipping.
SUPER COLLECTOR BUNDLE - Backers will get a Vesper test pressing (15 made, 5 available to the public), the colored vinyl 2xLP and you will be thanked in the liner notes! Full download of Vesper included. Includes shipping in the US! Backers in Poland will get have a special shipping rate. More info soon.
SUPER COLLECTOR BUNDLE - Backers will get a Vesper test pressing (15 made, 5 available to the public), the colored vinyl 2xLP and you will be thanked in the liner notes! Full download of Vesper included. Includes shipping in the US! Backers in Poland please add $6 shipping.