Iron Reagan – Spoiled Identity EP

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Iron Reagan
Spoiled Identity EP
Magic Bullet

Given away as a free flexi-disc vinyl with Decibel magazine, but available as a free download for anyone and everyone, this release sees the band at their fastest and indeed briefest that they’ve ever been. This is fastcore done fast, crossover with brevity, but losing none of its hardcore punk sneer or attitude. Not even Municipal Waste, the main concern of IR members Tony Foresta and Ryan Waste, pursued speed like this at such relentlessness. Only the title track exceeds a minute, with song length cast aside for micro thrash diatribes like ‘Your Kids an Asshole’, ‘Cops Don’t Like Me, I Don’t Like Cops’, and more. Really you can’t pick out a stand out track on a release like this, as it just bounces from one song to the next and the name of the game is to keep up. Just download it and enjoy what you’re hearing. Rarely does anyone do crossover this right these days.

Peter Clegg

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Iron Reagan – Worse Than Dead

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Iron Reagan
Worse Than Dead
Magic Bullet/A389 Recordings

The first thing to anyone new to Iron Reagan will notice is that, in comparison to the beer chugging, beer hat wearing, slam dancing party machine that is Municipal Waste, or the reefer-soaked worship of bassist Phil ‘Land Phil’ Hall’s death-metal project Cannabis Corpse, is just how refreshing passed off they sound here. You could throw the argument that ‘The Fatal Feast’ was perhaps the sound of a band beginning to lose its charm however hard they tried, and maybe its this what Foresta, Hall and indeed the ‘Waste in general needed.

After a couple of listens though, ‘Worse Than Dead’ is more than just a Municipal Waste/ex-Darkest Hour side-project. This is genuinely angry crossover that supercedes into its own identity, furiously thrashing away over nineteen tracks that make you want to throw down that beer and just get straight in the pit, no nonsense, and just rage. At just a shade under 25 minutes, this is a thoroughly enjoyable experience that evokes the spirit of older Municipal Waste and crossover legends like DRI and Cryptic Slaughter, keeping it refreshingly modern and relevant to the ills of today’s society.

Peter Clegg

Buy ‘Worse Than Dead’ here (MP3 – if anyone knows of a UK/European distributor please let us know)
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