|Phoenix, Arizona's Landmine Marathon have turned heads with their early 2010 album, Sovereign Descent, which is a sonic representation of their world: scorched, desolate and angry as hell. Sovereign Descent is the third full length and first proper new release on Prosthetic, who re-released Rusted Eyes Awake in 2008. (Rusted Eyes Awake and their first release, Wounded, were originally released by Level Plane.) The album was recorded at guitarist Ryan Butler's Arcane Digital Recording Studios, where he has recorded past efforts from the band, as well as Misery Index, Phobia, The Funeral Pyre and many more. The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan) and features cover art by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel, Suffocation).
Just before its release the band commented, "We have put a lot of hard work into writing and recording this album. We all agree that it is some of Landmine's strongest material so far, both musically and lyrically. Ryan really went above and beyond with the recording and mixing process. Having the opportunity to work with two people who we feel are legends; Dan Seagrave and Alan Douches is a huge honor. We look forward to sharing some of the final results soon and, even more so, playing these songs live on the road!"
Landmine Marathon's sound has been described as a death metal/grindcore hybrid, similar to early Earache acts such as Bolt Thrower, Carcass and Napalm Death. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Skeletonwitch, Tragedy, Kylesa, Saviours, Book Of Black Earth, Doomriders, Coliseum and many more. Frontwoman Grace Perry was recently featured on the cover of Revolver's "Hottest Chicks In Metal" issue and frequently contributes to Revolver's online blog. 2010 saw the band playing the second annual Scion Rock Fest, Los Angeles Murder Fest, the Prosthetic/Action PR Showcase and the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at South By Southwest. They also hit the road with The Funeral Pyre, Eyehategod and more.
With one listen to Sovereign Descent you will be just as hooked on this ferocious band as the rest of the nation!