It has taken little over a week this year for a new release announcement to get me excited. It’s Gatecreeper again. Only this time a split E.P with crossover thrashers, Iron Reagan.
An 8-track release is due to be unleashed on 2nd March this year but both bands have treated us to a teaser. One song each has been provided to tie us over until release day.
Iron Reagan are the side project fronted by Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste, with other Municipal Waste member and some old friends from Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. Gatecreeper are a desert-fried doomy death metal band I’ve mentioned a few times already in my previous articles. This all makes for an interesting release from a couple of bands you wouldn’t think of putting together.
Gatecreeper’s offering, entitled “War Has Begun” is a title that becomes more apt, the more listens I have. The band is continuing their habit of drawing on cool influences from the world of Death metal and beyond to concoct a fresh new approach to the genre. This time, it feels like Bolt Thrower were a big influence. The Birmingham band almost exclusively wrote music about war, mainly that of a futuristic vision of war. Pretty terrifying given the current political climate as they sound like they’re talking about the imminent future…. Anyway, “War Has Begun” is a highly appropriate title for an absolute banger of a track. Appetite has been well and truly whetted, patience shall be tested in anticipation between now and 2nd March.
Iron Reagan’s teaser track is titled “Paper Shredder”. An immediate rocket launch into the thrashing fury we have come to expect from this band and the associated Municipal Waste. With influences ranging from Hardcore punk to those heady Thrash domination days, Iron Reagan execute their tight, angry sucker punch into a neat 2-minute-long package. It’s jam-packed full of tasty leads and punk/thrash riffs that you’ll probably stick on again and again.
So, roll on 2nd March I say. Iron Reagan will have 5 tracks to Gatecreeper’s 3 tracks, completing the E.P.
I suppose given how stylistically different the two bands are, the unifying factor here is an unashamed display of influences from times gone by, here to remind us that there are always ways of generating more life from established genres to create freshness we all desire.