Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Album Review: Commerce And Marx

Title:  Commerce And Marx (Paper + Plastick Records, Amazon)

Landmines play high energy melodic hardcore in the vein of Pennywise, Bad Religion, and Rise Against.  As one might expect the 13 songs on Commerce And Marx are fast, angry, and leftist (at least from what I can tell without a lyric sheet).  The guitars crunch, the drums are at break-neck speeds, and the vocals have that sing-a-long quality that is often popular in hardcore.  When I first listened to Commerce And Marx I got the impression that these guys grew up on and love the early ‘90s era Epitaph and Fat bands.  The influence of that era is dripping from every note, but upon further listens I also started to hear post hardcore and emo influences, specifically Rise Against. 

The band is extremely capable, the production is right, and the songs are pretty good.  All in all Commerce And Marx is a pretty good punk rock/melodic hardcore album.  If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned bands then I highly suggest you give Landmines’ Commerce And Marx a listen.

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