Iron Reagan‘s Crossover Ministry would crash a college kegger, drink all of the beer and refuse to pay for the damage it caused. Crossover Ministry would cause a riot in the middle of the street and spit in the face of law enforcement. It presents a furious and memorable hybrid of thrash and hardcore that captures both political rage and the spirit of adolescent rebellion. These Virginian maniacs have crafted yet another solid record to further secure their place at the top of the crossover food chain.
Crossover Ministry barrels through 18 face-bashing tracks in 30 minutes. In keeping with the Iron Reagan tradition, these mosh-worthy tunes are filled to the brim with rambunctious riffs, concussive rhythms and a cheeky sense of humor. With each track being delivered in rapid succession, one would assume that everything would begin to blur together after awhile. But the band’s penchant for writing extremely catchy instrumentation and lyrical refrains prevents the album from become a blur of dull riffs.
Galloping, stampeding riffs, pummeling drumming and piercing solos set everything ablaze on tracks like “Dying World”. The band’s sonic assault is relentless and aims for the neck, while frontman Tony Foresta’s unmistakable shout belts out infectious vocal lines across two incendiary minutes. Punchy cuts like “Grim Business” are chock full of face-melting, old school trash jocking onslaughts, while tunes like “Bleed the Fifth” storms across short runtimes with skull-caving, chugging violence.
As with every release, Iron Reagan like to have a bit of fun. Tracks like “No Sell” and “Parents of Tomorrow” unleash extremely short bursts of thrash mayhem, under 20 seconds to be exact, prompting listeners to break as much stuff as possible within a small amount of time. “Dead With My Friends” opens with a sinister piano intro before the band bestow some of the record’s heaviest moments upon the listener. Then there are tracks like “Fuck the Neighbors”, which drop any themes dealing with politics or societal ills in favor of party-heavy, delinquent anthems.
In the grand scheme of things,this record isn’t covering any new ground for the band. But for an act like Iron Reagan, reinventing the wheel is not necessary. Crossover Ministry is simply a fast and heavy record that is full of memorable songs to cause mayhem to. It’s a ripping good time and sometimes that’s all listeners need.
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Label: Relapse Records
Favorite Tracks: “Dying World”, “Grim Business”, “Dead With My Friends”, “Condition Evolution”, “Fuck the Neighbors” and “Bleed the Fifth”
For Fans Of: Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste, Ghoul and Power Trip