East Coast crossover titans IRON REAGAN and rising Sonoran death metallers GATECREEPER unite for a split recording of cranium crushing proportions. Across eight new tracks of auditory and lyrical venom, both bands showcase why they’re two of the most talked about groups in extreme metal today! The split LP, mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios, is due out March 2nd on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.
Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads via IRON REAGAN’s Bandcamp HERE and GATECREEPER’s Bandcamp HERE.
GATECREEPER has also announced two February concerts in Arizona with label-mates Mammoth Grinder plus festival appearances at Modified Ghost Festival III and Northwest Terror Fest. A full list of tour dates are available below with additional performances to be announced soon,
2/13/2018 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ w/ Mammoth Grinder
2/14/2018 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ w/ Mammoth Grinder
5/24-27/218 Modified Ghost Festival III – Vancouver, BC
6/01/2018 Northwest Terror Fest 2018 – Seattle, WA
IRON REAGAN are no strangers to the fine art of crossover thrash. Comprised of veterans Tony Foresta, Phil Hall, Mark Bronzino, Rob Skotis, and Ryan Parrish, between them they fill, or have filled the ranks of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Darkest Hour ,and numerous other bands. Formed in 2012, the punk-metal quintet quickly released a demo EP followed by their debut full-length, Worse Than Dead via A389 Recordings, and splits with both Exhumed and Toxic Shock. The gang then signed to Relapse Records and released their self-produced sophomore full-length The Tyranny Of Will, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge) in 2014. Alongside the release of The Tyranny Of Will came a now cult-classic music video for their song “Miserable Failure,” directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang, ZZ Top), that has catapulted past one-million views and showcases the band starting a “flash-mosh” on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Since 2014, IRON REAGAN has toured the world almost non-stop, with high-caliber acts in the punk, hardcore and metal worlds such as Poison Idea, Napalm Death, Voivod, Skeletonwitch, The Black Dahlia Murder, GWAR, Seven Seconds, Eyehategod, etc. including appearances at Hellfest, Full Terror Assault, Brutal Assault, This is Hardcore, Party San Open Air, and numerous others. In 2017, IRON REAGAN unleashed Crossover Ministry. Comprised of eighteen tracks and thirty minutes of frantic, punk-metal fury with relentlessly catchy riffs and irresistible, mosh-ready grooves, Crossover Ministry proved a further continuation of the band’s punchy, thrash gallops and unique hardcore punk attitude. Once again, Kurt Ballou was called upon to mix the record with guitarist Phil (Landphil) Hall handling the recording.
GATECREEPER was formed in September of 2013 with members originating from both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Bonded together over a mutual love of old-school death metal, GATECREEPER set out to write classic yet memorable songs for a new generation. The band recorded and released a self-titled four-song EP digitally in 2014 which quickly garnered the attention of Pitchfork, CVLT Nation, and other notable music blogs. A music video for the song “Force Fed” was premiered on Invisible Oranges and the EP was soon released on 12” vinyl by King Of The Monsters and Protagonist. This short but satisfying release gained the band a large following of fans from both the hardcore and metal communities. 2015 saw GATECREEPER embark on their first tour of the West Coast, soon followed by the release of a split seven-inch with fellow Arizonans Take Over And Destroy. The song “Poisoned Mind” continued to propel GATECREEPER, who Noisey called the “one of the genre’s fresher, younger voices,” further into the spotlight. The band spent the second half of 2015 touring the East Coast, cultivating their rapidly growing local and national following, and recording more new material to be released on several different split releases throughout early 2016.
After returning from another West Coast tour, this time with Colorado’s Of Feather And Bone, GATECREEPER returned to Homewrecker Studios to record their debut full-length album with Ryan Bram in Tucson. Sonoran Depravation was mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Sleep, Magrudergrind), both of whom are known for their unparalleled work in the extreme metal world. GATECREEPER expanded their discography in 2017 with the live cassette Unleashed In The Middle East recorded in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Sweltering Madness seven-inch (Closed Casket Activities). Additionally, the road warriors shared the stage with Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse, headlined their first European tour, and performed at notable festivals such as Psycho Las Vegas and Sound And Fury.