The EP 72 from Canada's Sierra is comprised of just one near 23-minute long track, a concept piece that tells the true story of a murder that took place in their hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, back in 1972. As the story was told to the band, a 16 year old girl was abducted & murdered by a group of men, but seeing as her boyfriend (who is now 60) was the last person to see her alive, he was accused and harassed for a year after the incident, but when one of the actual murderers committed suicide shortly after and admitted to the killing in a suicide note, the boyfriend was cleared of all charges. The band have crafted an intriguing musical opus around this strange & tragic tale, combining elements of progressive rock, sludge, stoner, and psychedelia for a very dense, atmospheric,and powerful listening experience. Along with a plethora of crushing, lumbering doom/stoner riffs, hints of '70s Italian prog along the lines of Goblin's horror film soundtracks as well as PFM or even the lush majesty of early Genesis permeate this epic track, with a bit of complex, Mastodon styled intricacy for good measure. If you like textured, atmospheric metal with enough prog complexity, melody, and strong vocals sung with plenty of emotion, there's a lot to like about 72. Sierra are definitely a trio worthy of your attention if you haven't already discovered them.
1) 72 (22:34)