Landmine Marathon - Gallows LP


Those that lambasted Landmine Marathon’s last album for being too slow will have no complaints with their latest record Gallows. Sovereign Descent toyed around with doom/sludge influences, which went against the grain for the band known for their vicious and calculated crusty death metal. Gallows is a return to normalcy for the Phoenix, Arizona quintet. A crisper production and catchier melodies make this material stand out above the band’s last three albums.

The release date for Gallows was moved up a few months, giving the band a strict deadline to work under. This could have led to a rushed product, but this album is far from sloppy or incomplete. Clocking in at under half an hour, the band’s focus is caving in skulls and digging out any remaining brain matter. “Knife From My Sleeve” is the only well-behaved track, until returning back to the mayhem without warning halfway through.

There are no points of contention in the songwriting or roadblocks on the band’s fourth album. These songs slay and do so with a concise flow and single-minded goal to vanquish and rip into shreds everyone privy to its sonic blasts. “Three Snake Leaves” is a stupendous way to welcome listeners back into the world of Landmine Marathon. Unlike the last album, Gallows is packed with quick furies like “Cutting Flesh And Bone” and “Cloaked In Red.” The album goes so fast, it’s a surprise when final track “Morbidity” heads into its feedback-laced conclusion.

Grace Perry has one of the best vocals in metal today, and Gallows is yet another triumph for her. Her screams mingle with the screeching guitars, and her violent, hate-fueled lyrics speak volumes. She has a way of making even the most grotesque of topics hard to resist. “Liver And Lungs” engrosses the listener with tales of weeping girls and naked, cold bodies. Bassist Matt Martinez gets in on the fun, with a great trade-off section with Perry on “Knife From My Sleeve.”

Landmine Marathon don’t reinvent their sound or get into strange territory on Gallows, but have finally perfected what they have worked hard building up for years. The solos rip hard and the rhythm work is tighter thanks to the inclusion of new drummer Andy York.

Sovereign Descent was a bit of a slip-up for the band, but Gallows has the band getting back to full steam. From a performance, production, and songwriting standpoint, Landmine Marathon have topped themselves with the eight songs on Gallows.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 17 April, 2013.

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