Crossover Ministry - Iron Reagan
Richmond, Virginia’s Iron Reagan are back with a third full length record, Crossover Ministry and boy, are they pissed. But they’ll be damned if they can’t have a good time simultaneously. Let me tell you: the ensuing amalgamation of fury and irreverence that Iron Reagan cultivate is certain to leave your neck sore.
Image Credit: Angry, Young Poor
Cover illustration by LA-based artist Bonethrower
Iron Reagan are angry at all sorts of things: Donald Trump, religion and the neighbours, to name a few. To maximise both the fun and the rage they choose an appropriate weapon to aim at their enemies. As you might have guessed from the album’s name (and if you’ve heard previous Iron Reagan records), that weapon is crossover thrash.
Forming somewhat of a crossover revival with the likes of Power Trip, Toxic Holocaust and Municipal Waste (whose vocalist and bassist are members of the band), Iron Reagan don’t stray far from the crossover blueprint laid down by their 80s forefathers, though they are helped along by the kind of beefy production job that you wouldn’t find on a thrash record released before the millennium.
Iron Reagan’s interpretation of this blueprint provides almost exactly what you would expect. A running time of 28 minutes is squeezed into 18 tracks of riotous thrash riffs, punk attitude and occasionally (and intentionally) goofy lyrics. The aforementioned production brings a notch of extra heaviness that you wouldn’t get from a thinner mix and the punkier moments shine through more noticeably than on records by their contemporaries, which is certainly of no detriment. And, even though it’s a short record, they throw in enough variety in song structure, and track length, to keep things interesting. Crossover Ministry is essentially the soundtrack to a metalhead’s house party that may or may not be rudely interrupted by the neighbours at 5am (see “Fuck the Neighbors”).
If you enjoy headbanging, laughing, high-top Reeboks, bandanas, beer and pizza then this album is definitely worth a listen. Well, only the first two are strictly necessary, but you get the idea. Crossover Ministry is loud, proud, pissed and most importantly, fun as hell.