Landmine Marathon / Scarecrow Landmine Marathon / Scarecrow

Landmine Marathon / Scarecrow Landmine Marathon / Scarecrow
Arizona’s Landmine Marathon’s three songs on this split were growers — while at first the lack of hooks and relentlessly screamed vocals were a bit distracting, the super-cool sludgy production redeems the band, and their obvious lack of caring when it comes to what genre they fit in (black metal? crust? hardcore?) is admirable and highly enjoyable. They still concoct one tiring sound, but it’s enjoyable in small doses like this. Things take an entirely unexpected turn with California’s Scarecrow, featuring old-school metal champion Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Dekapitator), who lets his thrash flag fly high with riffs straight out of ’87 and a suitably demo-quality production sound to boot. It’s speedy, ludicrous (those melodic thrash guy vocals are obscenely great) and wholly enjoyable. A strange little split, but one that, at a mere 30 minutes, offers tons of variety and interesting sounds. (Level Plane)