|Landmine Marathon: (from left) Ryan Butler, Matt Martinez, Grace Perry, Mike Pohlmeier and Dylan Thomas.
Photo by Jeremiah Cooper
Phoenix, Ariz., metallurgists Landmine Marathon have announced the early 2010 release of new album Sovereign Descent.
The album was recorded at LM guitarist Ryan Butler’s Arcane Digital Recording Studios in Chandler, Ariz., and features a cover by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave, who has created cover art for acts including Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel, Suffocation and many others.
Landmine Marathon documented the recording of Sovereign Descent with video blogs that can be seen on the band’s website.
“We have put a lot of hard work into writing and recording this album,” the band said in a prepared statement. “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. We look forward to sharing some of the final results soon and, even more so, playing these songs live on the road.”
In other Landmine Marathon news, vocalist Grace Perry appears on the cover and insert poster of the December 2009 issue of Revolver, as part of the magazine’s “Hottest Chicks in Metal” issue.
Landmine Marathon consists of Butler, Perry and fellow guitarist Dylan Thomas, bassist Matt Martinez and drummer Mike Pohlmeier. The group’s sound has been compared to acts such as Bolt Thrower, Carcass and Napalm Death. Previous releases include Wounded and Rusted Eyes Awake.
The November 2009 issue of Guitar Player magazine goes enthusiastically horns up for Jackson’s new Mark Morton Signature D2 Dominion guitar.
GP senior editor Art Thompson test-drove the instrument, noting that the D2 is a solid value as a “well-made guitar with a fast-playing neck, great-feeling polished frets and a low-action setup” that “feels much the same as the original version.”
The D2 was introduced in summer 2009 as a more affordable alternative to its high-end sibling, Jackson’s acclaimed Mark Morton Dominion model; the main differences being the D2’s solid body, bolt-on neck, Duncan Design™ HB-101 pickups (Duncan ’59s in the original), non-locking tuners and dot fingerboard inlays. The D2 also forgoes the Dominion’s two coil-tap switches. Looking as good as it sounds and plays, the D2 is available in two finishes—black and trans-black over a quilted maple veneer.
Little wonder then that Morton himself proudly proclaims that the D2 “offers all the power, feel and dynamics of the Dominion, but in a no-frills, straight-for-the-throat package. Once you’ve picked one up, you won’t want to put it down.”
“A lot of performance for a low price,” Thompson wrote on page 104 of the November Guitar Player.
The best touch, though, is the “Specs” listing, which notes, “Plays well,” “Kickass rock guitar” and “Great price” under “Kudos.” Under “Concerns,” the listing simply says “None.”
Jackson Guitars and Fuller’s Vintage Guitar in Houston are proud to present an in-store signing event this Wednesday (Aug. 19) with Phil Collen and Rick “Sav” Savage from the legendary British band, Def Leppard.
Phil and Sav will appear at Fuller’s Vintage Guitar from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Later that evening, Def Leppard will perform at Houston’s Woodlands Pavilion, as part of their summer tour with Cheap Trick and Poison.
Fuller’s Vintage Guitar is located on 116 North Loop, Houston, TX 77008.