This is a review of a split album between Virginia's Iron Reagan and Arizona's Gatecreeper which will be released in March by Relapse Records and we will start off the review with Iron Reagan a band that plays a crossover mixture of thrash and hardcore punk.
Their side of the split starts out with a very heavy hardcore punk influenced sound while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the heaviness of thrash metal as well as the vocals being done mostly in shouting fashion and back up gang shouts are also used at times.
Most of their music is heavily rooted in the 80's while the guitar leads are done in a very melodic fashion along with the faster sections of the songs bringing in a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats and there side of the split always remains heavy, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover social ills, politics and violence themes.
In my opinion Iron Reagan are a very great sounding crossover mixture of thrash and hardcore punk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Warning" and "Burn For This".
Next up is Gatecreeper a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of crust, doom and death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with dark yet melodic and heavy doom metal riffing while the guitar leads also use a great amount of melody along with the music also being very heavily rooted in the early 90's as well as adding in a great amount of Swedish influences and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Vocals are mostly death metal growls while the music also mixes in a decent amount of d beat and crust elements along with the solos and leads sticking to a very old school yet melodic style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover substance abuse, apathy and death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gatecreeper and if you are a fan of crust, doom and old school death metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "War Had Begun".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and if you are a fan of crossover, thrash, old school death and doom metal, you should check out this album. 8 out of 10.