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Convincing desolation - 71%

gasmask_colostomy, August 20th, 2021

If you are the maverick sludge kings of Poland, you may feel entitled to release an EP with songs somewhat forcefully titled ‘War Is Peace’, ‘Peace Is Slavery’, and ‘Ignorance Is Strength’. Those big concepts need to be backed up with big songs and even the sinister low rumbling beneath the feedback on the opener promises such a harvest. Although these cuts deliver in scope, many nuanced features should not be expected, the release best experienced as an entire slab. By virtue of their slow ugliness, 71TonMan feel much more sludgy than doomy, a crenelated roar matching the stony edges of the riffs and ensuring that each of the 3 songs feels punishing enough to fulfil the quote from the closer: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”

The overriding feeling of the pair of “peace” songs is a kind of despairing submission to massive external forces, though ‘Ignorance Is Strength’ depicts a decayed stillness that unnerves with its dramatic eerie ambience. That means none of the clobbering percussion shown in ‘Peace Is Slavery’, nor much in the way of physical heaviness at all. Instead, a murmured voice hints at its own hollowness while sandy drones of distortion blow across the composition, forming a different picture of the bleak future specified in that quote above. For 23 minutes this EP provides a convincing show of desolation.


Originally written for Metalegion #9 - www.metalegion.com