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Landmarq: Roadskill

The neo proggers live and very well in the Netherlands.

The booklet that accompanies this quality CD/DVD package is full of photos trying to suggest Landmarq are crazy rock’n’rollers.

They’re not, and their attempts to seem so in the interviews here fall a little flat. And that’s okay, because in reality Landmarq are a very good, intelligent, high-grade band who don’t need to hide behind a mask of tour wackiness. Captured onstage at Holland’s Boerderij back in 2013, the band are impressive live, stretching out through some of their best material. Opening with Turbulence, Landmarq ease into a groove that thankfully stops short of being a rut. Tracy Hitchings has a commanding voice, feeding off Uwe D’Rose’s guitar and Mike Varty’s keyboards. This combination sounds best when given the time to develop a depth, as on the lengthy Thunderstruck and Calm Before The Storm. It’s here that you appreciate the way in which the band work off each other, and how they grow in stature onstage. It’s only those aforementioned extra features on the DVD that let it all down slightly. As long as you avoid these and stick to the straight-ahead live performance, Roadskill is a good representation of what Landmarq can achieve onstage.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.