Review: Iron Reagan – Tyranny Of Will

Another review written for Rock’n’Reel Reviews.

TyrannyofWill

It was only last year that punk-thrashers Iron Reagan impressed everyone with their début full length Worse Than Dead. Now they’re back with a second album that’s bursting with energy and just as ballsy. Tyranny Of Will continues exactly where the Richmond ragers left off and may well be more abrasive than their first export.

Like the first, it has a youthful feel; like a band making awesome, aggressive music because they damn well want to. The twenty-four tracks encourage you to let off steam through the rhythmic aggression and catharsis of hardcore punk, while frontman Tony Foresta, clearly indulging in his love of the genre, injects his humorous personality into the band’s sound and approach. Fans of Municipal Waste are bound to adore the ferocity of this record and their beloved vocalist and bassist’s (Landphil Hall is on guitar) more rough’n’ready project.

If anything, the thrash component has been amplified slightly on this one. Songs like ‘Eyeball Gore’ and ‘Nameless’ pack the speed and tenacity of old-school icons. ‘I Won’t Go’ has a particularly Slayer feel to it. As electrifying as these full velocity moments feel though, it makes for a fuller, more interesting listen when broken up with punchy beats and basic, satisfying riffs. Songs like ‘Close To Toast’ and ‘In Greed We Trust’ possess infectious, fist-pumping grooves.

The fivesome’s follow-up effort is fast, frenzied and a hell of a lot of fun. Dive in head first to this one.

Personal Score: 4/5

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Live Review: Kvelertak at Talking Heads

A venue anything less than packed, bustling and inebriated on the first night of Kvelertak’s European tour would have been unsettling. Their blossoming success over recent years has brought about sold out shows and continued praise from fans and critics alike. And as expected, the interior of Southampton’s Talking Heads possessed the healthy buzz of anticipation by the time Norway’s six-piece made their entrance.

Lashing into their set with all the energy and attitude one could hope for,  the crowd were treated to a selection of songs from Meir – the band’s upcoming release and eagerly sought after second album. The new material was scattered amongst the likes of ‘Fossegrim’, ‘Offernat’ and other songs from the sublime début which brought about an explosion of popularity in 2010.

If anything can illustrate this hard rocking, musical orgy about to roll through the next city, imagine buckets of sweat flying off band members, a crowd-surfing front-man and an audience clambering on-stage during the encore. Those lucky enough to be seeing Kvelertak on this tour can expect a night to remember.

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