Sunday, April 2, 2017

IRON REAGAN - Crossover Ministry review

IRON REAGAN - Crossover Ministry 

Relapse Records

I kinda thought IRON REAGAN would be a one off side project for MUNICIPAL WASTE's Tony Foresta and Phil "Landphil" Hall. Unlike the other side bands the members of MUNICIPAL WASTE have been involved in (ie: BAT, BIRDS OF PREY, CANNABIS CORPSE, VOLTURE) which were actual departures, IRON REAGAN was simply more crossover thrash. But hey to their credit Tony, Phil along with friends have turned it into a steady vehicle while MUNICIPAL WASTE lies in hibernation (stay tuned for their comeback).

Crossover Ministry is their third full length and their best by far. Sure there's still plenty of DRI worship going on to the point where I'd rather just put on Dealin With It and be done. But the release has some real standouts that give the band a feel for themselves or at least their main gig. "Dead with My Friends", "A Dying World", "Twist Your Fate" and the title cut could've easily been WASTE tracks. That's not a cut down. There's only so much you can do within the confines of the genre. The band seems to have milked it for every last drop.

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