Landmine Marathon and Graf Orlock…Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 @ 8:57am » permalink
A relatively big "extreme" music magazine recently reviewed "Wounded", the debut from Landmine Marathon (on Level-Plane Records), and completely trashed it – suggesting that it was sloppy, chaotic, muddy sounding, and generally worthless. All such suggestions are completely and entirely false, and said "reviewer" either suffers from irreparable hearing damage or has become a severely jaded old fuck who hasn't actually listened to grindcore since the late-80's or something. The fact of the matter is that "Wounded" tears through nine tracks of furious grind in 23 minutes, drawing from both the old and the new with plenty of blasting speeds countered by powerfully churning midpaced breaks, plus completely ferocious vocals. The fact that the band cites "old Earache releases and hardcore/punk" as influences makes it no surprise that a few Bolt Thrower riffs are indeed borrowed on occasion (probably the only accuracy to be found within the aforementioned review in said relatively big "extreme" music magazine) – granted they're usually played at two to three times Bolt Thrower's top speed – but no one said originality was the purpose, did they? Because it's not. Complete devastation is. Level-Plane may seem an unlikely source for such, but for my money this is one of the best grindcore releases of the year. I'm definitely on board.
If you're on the same page, pick this shit up from Level-Plane's rather large distro, whose service is top-notch: