Lawnmower Deth – Blunt Cutters
LP – CD
Out January 28th
Lawnmower Deth come from Nottingham and never, ever took themselves or much else seriously. I vaguely remember seeing them at some point in the nineties and grinning a lot. They last released an album in 1993 and split in 1994. But they have been regulars on the metal festival circuit since they got back together in 2009 and their headline slot at Bloodstock 2021 headline’ was ‘described as “a perfect 90 minutes of utter stupidity” by one reviewer’ We have been listening to the new album, read what we think below.
Right, to start with, check your sheds. Check behind the rusting paint tins, the rotten tarpaulin and piles of broken tools. Down touch the mower, just look. Is there a funny reddish brown stain underneath the cutters? Is the old padlock broken off the door? Is there a muddy trail of carnage leading into the wooden sanctuary? If you have any of these drop everything and run. They are back, older and stupider than ever, the blunt blades of Lawnmower Deth are heading for your ribcage. Just run, you’ll hear them before you see them.
Secondly, there are three songs here over three minutes long… Is this progressive rock or something?? The fact that one appears to be about a snail barbarian invasion doesn’t mean anything, three minutes?? The last track is over four. That’s pretty much a concept album and unbelievably it appears to be just that. The rest is nasty, funny, stupid thrash metal with more than a punch to the face worth of punk. I’m unsure that anyone ever took them seriously, we certainly didn’t years ago.
The face of metal most likely to never reform and play massive festivals to ecstatic fans. The band most likely to write a fantastic song about Swarfega and the band we are really glad could be bothered to create anything ever again. Get in the pit.
All words by Adrian Bloxham.