Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new Iron Reagan record ‘Worse than Dead‘ released via A389 Recordings and Magic Bullet Records.
1. Drop The Gun (1:16)
2. Slightly Out Of Focus (0:33)
3. I Predict The Death Of Harold Camping (1:15)
4. Cycle Of Violence (1:36)
5. Eyes Piss Tears (1:09)
6. Insanity Plea(se)? (0:45)
7. A Joke A Fraud A Fake (1:15)
8. Rats In A Cage (1:03)
9. We Know You (1:05)
10. Paycheck (1:22)
11. Midlothian Murder Mile (1:49)
12. The Debt Collector (1:56)
13. I Ripped That Testament A New Asshole (1:14)
14. Bodies (1:38)
15. Eat Shit And Live (0:49)
16. Two Examples (1:30)
17. Snake Chopper (0:54)
18. Warp Your Mind (1:55)
19. Walking Out (1:38)
In a short span of time A389 records have proved to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to extreme music, Hardcore especially. From signing veterans of the genre like Integrity,Pulling Teeth , Gehenna ,Eyehategod and Ringworm to showcasing newer talent like TRIAC,Full of Hell,Children of God, Weekend Nachos and even pumping some fresh new blood onto the scene like Cynarae,Seven Sisters of Sleep ,Homewrecker ,Sick Fix and Young and n the way. Iron Reagan is another name which got added recently to be amongst all these talented bands.
Iron Reagan are a four piece super group from Richmond Virginia, consisting of members from Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour. The band don’t really try to experiment too much nor try to keep pace with their contemporaries , this album right here is as old school as it gets, clearly fitting right inside the crossover thrash box. These guys take the thunderous palm muted chugs of Thrash metal with the simple yet intense chord play of Hardcore punk which brings out the best of both the genres, cutting out all the fat and ultimately creating music that’s simple ,straightforward yet energetic and undeniably exciting, although there are times when this album tries to be a little more eclectic with the tracks slightly out of focus and I ripped that testament a new asshole having a slight black metal element to them and paychech showcasing a metallic hardcore quality to their sound a la Integrity but for the most part this is just a full on assault.
So the final verdict? This album may not be a masterpiece, but is sure as fun as hell! , don’t analyse to much just put on your thrash metal jacket with patches galore,grab some beer, crank up that stereo and BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD!!
Stream the entire album below