|Review: Landmine Marathon - Sovereign Descent|
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: May 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I like it when an album I expect to suck turns out to be a pleasant surprise after all. Sovereign Descent is one such album. I was expecting this to be way more "grind" than "death", but it's the other way around. One thing that sets the band apart is that the vocalist is a woman, though you can barely tell except for a couple of passages here and there. The style is not too growly, more of a throaty scream that often takes center stage – alright most of the time, though on occasion I found the vocals really overshadow the music and can get a little annoying.
There are no quickie grind songs on this: The lengths vary from 3:18 to 7:18, so nothing is over before it starts. And it's not a speedfest either – of course you have the speedsters on here (this is Death Metal after all), but there are a few mid-paced tracks and also some pretty slow and heavy ones with a doomy, dark feel to them. Lots of razor-sharp riffage dispersed through the album, a little old school on the side, but also surprisingly a good dose of more melodic guitar parts. This is not a 40 minute album that'll bore you by sounding all the same, quite the contrary.
Overall Sovereign Descent is a very decent Death Metal album with grind bits popping up here and there, and even people like me who don't like grind won't be turned off by the small doses of that genre present.
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