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Album Review: Crossover Ministry by Iron Reagan

Thrash-punks Iron Reagan release their new album Crossover Ministry on 3rd February via Relapse Records. Comprised of 18 tracks and thirty minutes of frantic, punk-metal fury with relentlessly catchy riffs and irresistible, mosh-ready grooves, Crossover Ministry is a further continuation of the band’s punchy, thrash gallops and unique hardcore punk attitude. This a call to arms, asking you to throw caution to the wind and revel in the chaotic punk thrash.

Iron Reagan are no strangers to the fine art of crossover thrash. Comprised of veterans Tony Foresta, Phil Hall, Mark Bronzino, Rob Skotis, and Ryan Parrish, between them they fill, or have filled the ranks of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Darkest Hour and numerous other bands. Formed in 2012, the punk-metal quintet quickly released a demo EP followed by their debut full-length, Worse Than Dead via A389 Recordings, and splits with both Exhumed and Toxic Shock. The gang then signed to Relapse Records and released their self-produced sophomore full-length The Tyranny of Will, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge) in 2014.

In this, their third album, Iron Reagan do what they do best and create a visceral, swirling tirade of breakneck riffs, defiant lyrics and a punk energy that you can’t help but be suckered in by. Crossover Ministry is a record that, once you settle to the thrash punk sound, you’ll find thoroughly enjoyable. It’d probably be best not to take it too seriously, delve a little below the surface and you’ll find tracks like ‘Fuck the Neighbors’ and ‘Megachurch’ to air on the immature side. Then there’s the abundance of tracks that come in under 2 minutes (never mind the five that don’t even scratch the 1 minute mark), most feel like they’re half formed and a little too short. ‘Shame Spiral’ and ‘Dogsnotgods’ are the exception with their thunderous and blistering pace matched with guttural riffs making for an exhilarating listen.

While overall, you’ll enjoy Crossover Ministry it wavers from the excellent in ‘Dying World’ and ‘Dead With My Friends’ through to the mishit ‘Eat or Be Eaten’. Give it a go, leave your brain at the door though.

AD Rating 6/10

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