One Hour... 

The Perfect Element Pt.I 

Remedy Lane 

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Analysis of Entropia

Daniel Gildenlöw (February, 10th 2000):

"I feel that I do not want to interrupt the process too much, it is very interesting and sharp. I can just mention that there are some elements that was originally intended in the story but was even more unclear than necessary since the "time markers", originally meant to indicate the chronological order, were left out in the booklet production. This may also help you in your
interpretations of "Stress" and "Revival". A key is that only the son dies in the war situation (thus the lyrical indication of his later conflict with God - can the survival of his wife be the answer to a prayer if his son dies?). He moves with his wife to West Entropia to start all over, to guard her, to "hold her in his hand" as suggested in "Oblivion Ocean". This new and foreign society is a new
enemy though, and once again he fails to do what he considers to be his main purpose in life - to protect his loved ones. Another clue - "Plains of Dawn" can be seen as a mixture of past and present (reliving the past in a present situation to try to come to terms with his guilt). I love to read your analysis and I hope that I am not affecting your reading too much with these remarks
because I hope to see what happens next in your interpretations. I am flattered by your attention to my lyrics."

(Source: The Concrete Lake - PoS Mailinglist)


"Totikus" (February, 9th 2000):

"Chronological order of songs:
1. Winnning A War
2. Oblivion Ocean
3. Plains Of Dawn
4. Void Of Her / To The End
5. People Passing By / Circles
6. Nightmist
(7. ! / Leaving Entropia)

The story starts with "Winning A War" which has pretty straightforward lyrics and sets up the plot and the three main characters (father, mother, and son). Their happy life is interrupted by a war in which the father must take part ("faceless men came shouting about a pride to which we were bound"), causing the son much grief even though he tries to make the best of it ("I won't shed a tear - I won't show no fear"). In "Oblivion Ocean" the child (and probably also his mother -- "the soldier was watching them both fade away") somehow becomes ill or injured (presumably somehow because of the war) and the father must watch them suffer, hoping that they will be saved. Unfortunately, neither of them survives; the child's fate is described in "Plains Of Dawn" ("a soldier is leaving his son once again" -- just as the father left his son to fight in the war, so he must also leave him now forever). while the mother's death and its effect on the father is shown in "To The End."

The father is pretty desperate by now (maybe he's even gone a little crazy from the pain) and his state some time after the deaths is described in "People Passing By" ("rejecting the facts one more day" seems to indicate that he still hasn't accepted their death). "Nightmist" seems to be the closing of the father's life, who is afraid to leave this life and doubts whether there is anything beyond it (strangely contrasting with his reassuring tone in "Plains Of Dawn" where he seems to have a lot of faith in something beyond this life).

"!" and "Leaving Entropia" are told from the narrator's perspective, the former a sort of ars poetica stating the point of telling the story, the latter a final wrap-up.

I haven't really been able to place "Stress" and "Revival" into the main story. These two also seem to be told from the father's perspective. Any suggestions?"


(Source: The Concrete Lake - PoS Mailinglist)


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