Landmarq: Roadskill

The neo proggers live and very well in the Netherlands.

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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. 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 died in 2021