"Crossover Ministry" is the third full length studio album by American crossover thrash band Iron Reagan, released in 2017 by Relapse Records. As with previous entries, many of its lyrics contain social and political commentary, with the title track, "Megachurch", and "Dogsnotgods" in particular targeting organized religion.
The album plays around with humor and seriousness not only lyrically, but even throwing in curve balls to the common instrumental formula. “Fuck The Neighbors” is right out of left field after the first few tracks, but so damn welcoming as those drums slam away with the following chanting. One of the more unique titles here is “Megachurch”, which opens on a sonic thrashing with sparse drumming, all before setting off in typical fashion. The track goes from the deeper thrash parts that have been heard throughout the record, to then using more of that sonic feel, which helps add little pieces of welcoming diversity.
Iron Reagan have helped kick off the new year in a positive direction as far as music is concerned. Crossover Ministry is not going to ask anything complex of you, but just to have a great time (whether you simply listen to it or are diving off a stage). Its fun and constant energy is ever present from the beginning to the end. Keeping a constant flow, it is still able to adjust level and sound, while sprinkling bits of diversity in select tracks. Everyone in Iron Reagan works so damn well together that they create a playful, speedy, and exhilarating experience in Crossover Ministry.
Reviewed by metalinjection.net.