This is the début album from Polish Sludgers 71TONMAN, and they’re as heavy as their name suggests.
Drenched in feedback with rhythmic pounding drums and samples – this is how it starts and I already know it’s going to be good. Then the guitars kick in and the tortured, anguished vocals and you remember why Sludge is just such a damn good genre.
If you cross bands like Eyehategod, Crowbar, Charger and Humanfly then you’d end up with something similar to 71TONMAN. In other words, pure class.
The songs are imbued with a sense of the post-apocalyptic. They weave tales of other worlds and places in with the chunky guitars. It’s all very, very invigorating; take a couple of these songs three times a day and call me in the morning.
The vocals are quite varied, with deeper, higher and almost-cleans all in the mix. It all sounds great.
This is an excellent release from a band with much talent. Make sure you support them and visit their world.