"War is Peace, Peace is Slavery" (Transcending Obscurity Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Besides being only three tracks and twenty-three minutes of music, Poland's 71TonMan delivers a lot of atmosphere on their EP, "War is Peace, Peace is Slavery."

The EP begins with "War is Peace," a super heavy, super sludgy piece that lumbers along at a dinosaur pace, complete with roaring—and matching—vocals. Track 2 is the forecasted "Peace is Slavery," which starts out with a faster beat and quickly dives into near thrash metal territory, while not giving up its sludgy guitar sound. Track #3, "Ignorance is Strength," starts out almost silently, and then slow-builds into an extremely atmospheric soundscape that could have been recorded from some bizarre desert world in space. The almost-mumbled spoken word vocals add an even eerier layer to an already eerie piece.

It's a weird little collection and, yeah, I get it. Some listeners might feel shorted. But it's an intruiging three-track collection, even if it feels like there should be just a little bit more ... somewhere.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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