Iron Reagan
Crossover Ministry


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (277 Reviews)
February 6th, 2017 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "You try to take me down while I start my Comeback?"

Three albums in and Iron Reagan are still viewed as a mere Municipal Waste spin-off rather than what they should be viewed as-a refreshing, no-frills albeit still fun take on crossover thrash and hardcore punk. Notwithstanding the band's frequent attempts to demoralise Trump (even more) via multimedia and merchandise, Tony Foresta and co. have created quite the cult following ever since the band's formation in 2012. What should have been clear to the Iron Reagan's naysayers and "haters" from the get-go of their career is that this is a band that, despite having many songs devoted to serious topics, have always simply wanted to have a fun time in the studio. Latest album Crossover Ministry proves this very well.

All the boxes are ticked. There's the short length, the grouped vocals, the frequent animated rants against the world's most frustrating occurrences, the wild and sometimes nonsensical lyrical content (check "Mom's On The Internet!" from the 5-second long "Parents of Tomorrow") and plenty of fun riffs for headbanging purposes. Musically, the album is pretty much on point. Yes, hardcore punk and crossover thrash have always been sub-genres known to offer simpler styles of metal, but everything Iron Reagan do here is well-executed and delivered. None of this is half-hearted stuff, yet at the same time, it's clear the band aren't taking themselves seriously. Songs such as "A Dying World", "You Never Learn" and "F*** the Neighbours" all rattle along with vitriolic energy and youthful spit, but within most of these songs is a fun time to be had. A beer to be cracked open, a pizza to be wolfed down in a few minutes, and Crossover Ministry is simply the soundtrack to those ideas. There are times where Iron Reagan seems to step out of the funfair and into more serious tones. For example, "Dead with My Friends" is arguably the only track on the album which could safely be put onto a metal radio station, or even released as a single, because of its strange albeit well-orchestrated progression. It even has a piano-led intro, which turns into a very menacing riff-led section before the pace quickens and Foresta garbles wide-eyed hate, tension growing more and more as the minutes unfold.

Sure, there are tracks here that don't really seem well-placed ("No Sell" and "More War" are a couple of fillers worth mentioning for this point) in an album which otherwise speeds along in a blip of time, but by the end you'll have forgotten half of the songs and will likely be interested in trying again. Iron Reagan may only be viewed as a mere side project as opposed to a successful crossover thrash group in their own right, but they're doing everything right here. They're not breaking boundaries or raising the bar, but they're demonstrating how to have a fun time making music that they love. Just don't try to take them down when they're making a comeback.



Recent reviews by this author
Flotsam and Jetsam The End of ChaosMalevolent Creation The 13th Beast
In the Woods... Cease the DayThe Algorithm Compiler Optimization Techniques
A Forest of Stars Grave Mounds and Grave MistakesSiege of Power Warning Blast
user ratings (90)
Chart.
3.3
great
other reviews of this album
ThatDjentyFool (3.5)
Finally Iron Reagan start to step out of the shadow of Municipal Waste....

related reviews

The Tyranny Of Will

Comments:Add a Comment 
linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2017


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

c/c welcome as always.





Digging: Diabolical - Eclipse

Sniff
February 6th 2017


5338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"There's the short length" of what, songs or the album as a whole?



Otherwise great review and agreed on "More War"

Wildcardbitchesss
February 6th 2017


2590 Comments


Never really could get into these guys. I guess I'll give this a spin.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2017


14139 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is awful

Digging: Comity - The Deus Ex-Machina As A Forgotten Genius (Andy Wa

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2017


14139 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

decent review tho i guess

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2017


16066 Comments


234 goddamn

DungeonBoy
February 6th 2017


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, invisible pos! This album is a lot of fun. For a side project they play a ridiculous number of shows, and seeing them live is always a blast. They go hard every show and everyone, including them, always has a good time.

Digging: Vanum - Ageless Fire

botb
February 6th 2017


12463 Comments


Band is pure unadulterated fun

BlackLlama
February 6th 2017


2177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review; this is fun. I like me some fun in my thrash.

Dewinged
February 6th 2017


14416 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reminded me of DRI, fun album.

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Crucible

TVC15
February 6th 2017


9872 Comments


That is such an awesome band name. That alone makes me want to check this out

Digging: HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

Satellite
February 6th 2017


25854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'M DROPPING OFF THE GRID

BEFORE THEY PUMP THE LEAD

I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH FOUR WORDS:

I'M GLAD REAGAN DEAD

Digging: Wheeler Walker Jr. - WWIII

Ebola
February 6th 2017


3476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably their best yet

Dewinged
February 6th 2017


14416 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Fuck your yard!" Cracks me every time.

Ebola
February 6th 2017


3476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FUCK THE NEIGHBORS

FUCK YOUR YARD

Ovrot
February 7th 2017


13304 Comments


seen them live
very fun

Dewinged
February 7th 2017


14416 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Somehow Ebola's and Ovrot's comments rhyme. Good job guys! (:

cvlts
February 7th 2017


9512 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

that album artwork is pretty bitchin

TomAkaVeto
February 7th 2017


1957 Comments


David Cook (aka Bonethrower). He has done art for Young Widows, Converge, Mastodon and plenty of other bands.

Wizard
February 7th 2017


20208 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This crossover fad is getting annoying as hell. As well, this style that derived from the Reagan era and was cool then but fuck it now, Trump is too easy a target.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy