At 26, Grace Perry has already done a lot of living, but has her eye on all the future might bring. The third generation Arizonian along with her band Landmine Marathon call Phoenix home. Perry and company released their newest extreme metal onslaught, Gallows, last summer (January 2012 globally) which caused the unholy desert heat to spike more than normal. The recent college graduate and onetime librarian has also found face time as one of Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Women in Metal. In fact, Perry’s beauty is in stark contrast to the brutality and ferocity of her vocals.
The quiet young woman fronting Landmine Marathon might seem like an unlikely suspect as the volcanic roar behind the band’s blistering sound, but when they hit the stage, the beast is unleashed, and she can certainly melt your face.
Landmine Marathon was founded in 2004 when bassist Matt Martinez saw something in Perry she hadn’t yet seen in herself; raw aggressive power that could translate to metal nirvana. The band spent a few years finding the genus of its sound, much of which came together when producer Ryan Butler joined the band in 2006 as guitarist and principal songwriter. Guitarist Dylan Thomas would join the fray as well and the band would release two well-received albums, Rusted Eyes Awake and Sovereign Descent. The band signed to Prosthetic Records who re-released the former album in 2009, and released the latter in 2010. Gallows followed in 2011, but the band plans to make 2012 a year of touring and writing, as well as breaking in new drummer Raul Varela.
After a lengthy tour, Landmine Marathon is currently enjoying a much-needed rest. Soon however, they will be gearing up for summer touring, including a spot on the Damage Inc. stage at Metallica‘s inaugural Orion Music and More festival in Atlantic City. The shows take place in June, and as Grace tells us, the band was floored when they got the news.
This weekend we caught up with Grace Perry and her pulverizing throat to learn a bit more about her, the band, and what’s on the agenda for both in the coming months. Get Grace’s take on the Orion festival, favorite tracks off Gallows, how she came to be a metal vocalist, and her nerdy confessions.