Iron Reagan Crossover Ministry Album Giveaway!

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Wanna win a copy of Iron Reagan’s latest thrashtravaganza? Running out of creative new ways to tell your neighbours to get fucked? Simply tell us what genres you’d like to see hybridise for your chance to score a free copy of Crossover Ministry.

We all know the sordid details behind the origins of crossover, the lurid tales of drunken debauchery are legendary. The sub-genres hybridised so readily that taxonomists have been trying to work out which side of the gene pool to assign the ripped denim and which dropped out of school first. In the end, it matters not, as the two are forever entwined in metal lore, so while some nerds sit around anxiously adjusting their cladograms, we can crack a cold beer and yell along to “DOGSNOTGODS” knowing full well that when the sun rises and the brain-melting hangover sets in, crossover will still be there, in all its bandana-clad glory, ready to rip the scab off another tinny and start all over again. Thank fuck for that.

Today, thanks to the Toilet ov Hell’s second most generous benefactor Killer, we’ve got a copy of Iron Reagan’s instant-party classic Crossover Ministry to give away. How can you win this? Well instead of our usual photochop style competitions, I’ve decided to do something a little more straightforward to match the succinct nature of the band’s music.

Simply tell us which two existing (sub-)genres you’d like to see crossover to form a new style.

Be as creative as you like. Describe the sonic combination. Maybe make up a band that would exemplify your new genre. What would they sound like? The choice is yours. Me? I dunno. Not sure if it’s a fully fledged sub-genre as yet but I could go for some more of that surfy-black metal. I think the twangy-psychedelic sounding guitars fuse surprisingly well with black metal riffing motifs. What else would be cool to hear hybridise? Hmmmm….dissonant thrash? That’d be tough to work. Pizza-grind? Nah, the tiny slices might make you feel ripped-off. Tech-doom? Uhhhh…..as you can see, I’ve got nothing. I’m sure that’s not the case for you though. So let’s hear your new crossover genres in the comments below and we’ll pick a winner to send the album some time in the next few days. You get one entry each, so mull it over for a bit and give us your best answer/description to ensure victory!


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  • Maik Beninton™

    Pagode and Heavy Metal.
    So that I can play that on barbecues cause pagode is the soundtrack for barbecues on this land.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Doom-thrash. What’d it sound like?
    Kinda like Dream Death. Except dreamier and deathier. (And if they did more thrash riffs.)

    • Dumpster Lung

      I don’t know Dream Death, but I want to now.

      Wasn’t Lair of the Minotaur supposed to be a bit of both doom and thrash? It’s been so many years I can’t really remember. I need to rediscover those guys.

    • GoatForest

      That would probably sound like early Celtic Frost.

  • sweetooth0

    rockabilly-grind. Technically it already exists, Later era GBN and the band they became, Noise a Go Go’s, play it. But I’d like to hear more!!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Yes please.

  • IronLawnmower

    Hardstyle meets grindcore would be the most aggressive fucking shit.

  • Dumpster Lung

    Have this album already, but I wanna play along anyway.

    I wanna hear some kinda gritty, lo-fi punk with dark synth stuff going on.

  • Rain Poncho W.

    Cavernous death metal but with the cries of famous movie monsters for vocals. It would probably be stupid, but I still want it.

    • JWG79

      Like Cavemen battling prehistoric Kaiju. I’m sold.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        You see me clearly.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Progressive blackened sludgy math metal.

  • JWG79

    I’ve said it before: I need to hear a kī hōʻalu (Hawaiian slack key) atmospheric-blackened prog-death metal album so bad I’d almost write it myself.

    …if that weren’t a guarantee of both cultural misappropriation and a terrible facsimile of the experts’ mastery.

  • Dumpster Lung

    Also, let’s just throw an HM-2 pedal at every genre that isn’t specifically known for it and see what happens.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Backed

    • Spear

      I’m picking up an HM-2 on my next paycheck. I might have to try out some tech stuff with it and report back.

  • Howard Dean

    This might be surprising, but this is my dream crossover:

    Chopped & Screwed hip hop mixed with death/doom, funeral doom, and dark synth.

    Some peeps got close to this back a few years ago with the advent of witch house, but I’d like to hear more of it. Stuff like the below track from witch house band Salem, but mixed with more rumbling low end, dirge riffs, and the occasional blasting. Definitely need to keep the hip hop beat, though:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae7Zf2TdbOE

    • Black Smallbeard

      this is why we need more police

      • Howard Dean

        Hahahahahaha

        Latin Kings rollin up on ya, Blackbeard.

        • Black Smallbeard

          we stay strapped in my neck of the woods, too 😉

          not many latin gangs in appalachia

          • Howard Dean

            Roughly zero Latin gangs (or any gangs, for that matter) in my neck of the woods. A few militias, though.

          • Black Smallbeard

            pretty mich every F150 that rolls thru is its own militia here

          • Howard Dean

            “Dad, I need to put my baseball equipment in the trunk.”

            “Hold on one second, gotta move some stuff around.”

            http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd259/dedmoonstears147/2005-08-29/f3cf.jpg

          • Black Smallbeard

            you wouldnt believe some of the shit i see in peoples cars when i go out to their houses to work on them. i also did a job for a guy from Homeland Security not too long ago which was pretty wild

          • Howard Dean

            “Ah, sir, are those claymore mines along your fence over there, facing that school playground?”

            “You never know what direction the next 9/11 is going to come from.”

          • Count_Breznak

            Ah, the croatian football fan base set.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      Very surprising, but a solid choice. Joe and I have talked about chopped&screwed stuff before, but it makes so much sense for doom.

      • Howard Dean

        I think a lot of the really well made witch house stuff can be super creepy and dark, but still maintains that hip hop influence that makes your head bob. The distorted vocals and dark synth behind the hip hop beat sounds awesome. Kind of like horrorcore hip hop minus all of the really stupid tropes. I would really like to hear more albums that are like that Salem track I posted. And if a band could somehow combine that with some dirge-y funeral doom, that would be incredible.

    • Rain Poncho W.
      • Howard Dean

        Whoa, that shit is awesome. Definitely bookmarking that. That’s along the lines of what I have in mind. Just needs a little bit more of a hip hop influence (with those C&S vocals mixed in, too) and it’s there.

    • Dumpster Lung

      You know, I bet it won’t be long before The Body does something like that. Seems right up their alley.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Bestial Emocore:

    Fans describe it as fallout boy meets war metal, but everyone else knows it’s more like design the skyline meets a furry convention.

    Tenets of the genre include:

    Electronic/synth backing tracks can only be made in garage band because everything else is too high quality.

    Album art is exclusively pulled from fan art submissions via tumblr.

    You must use auto tune. Regular vocals are too human, which you are not for you are beast and everyone in your immediate family will rue the day they decided to cancel your crunchy roll subscription

    Your fan base is girls with nightmare before Christmas tattoos, league of legends streamers, and former jocks/bullies who discovered their latent homosexuality at a my little pony convention

    • Black Smallbeard

      dude. i really dig the types of chicks with Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos. Will i have to enjoy this genre by proxy?

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        Maybe…. but If you start defending the genre to your friends by saying things like, “I don’t like it personally but I get it” or “actually those dudes are like classically trained” then you might as well shave that small beard and walk the plank

    • Lacertilian

      That’s surely one of the early signs of the apocalypse approaching

    • Hans Moleman

      Hot Topic will start selling bullet belts.

  • Waynecro

    I’ve always wanted to hear a really harmonious combination of melodeath and grindcore (several bands have gotten really close). I just feel like I need a genre conducive to raging in the garage and cutting myself in sorrow simultaneously.

  • Count_Breznak

    Jazz+Grindcore+lots of bass guitars. Sort of like Morkobot+Panzerbalett+lots and lots of blasts.

    Or Speed Funeral Doom.

  • Black Smallbeard

    i want to see more Star Trek themed metal. you could even use audio clips from Picard . . . and, yes, i guess even Sisko before each song. Kind of like a space-themed Mortician. Goddamn Ferengi Death Metal

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Backed.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      How about metal sung in Klingon? That would be amazing,

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        D-d-d-double backed!

      • Black Smallbeard

        awesome!

        QAPLA!

  • Dumpster Lung

    Oh thought of another one a friend and I drunkenly talked about. Grindcore but the drummer’s using those brushes jazz players sometimes use instead of regular drumsticks. Like smooth jazzgrind. Let’s make that happen, too.

    • Count_Breznak

      Hmmm…you’d prolly have to rotate those to get respectable speeds.

    • Berit Dogg

      I want that too! Only why smooth, I hope they get hyper aggressive with those little brushes.

      • Dumpster Lung

        Haha I just meant it would sound smooth by comparison. Poor choice of words on my part 😛

  • John Perrier

    CountryPop-Drone would be the most brutal music imaginable, but probably not in a good way. Think Sun O))) meets Taylor Swift or Rascal Flatts meets Boris. I literally cannot think of anything better to bring about a serious existential crisis.

    • Lacertilian

      ARGGGGHHHHH

    • James

      Something like those tracks that are slowed down 800%.

      • John Perrier

        I’d be painful in so many ways

  • Ryan Tysinger

    Blackened power metal. Not exactly sure how it’s work out but it’d be great to hear soaring vocals over dissident tremelo riffing singing about riding forth from hell in a battle for the souls of mankind from the persepective of the demon hordes. Logistically it could be a nightmare, how to retain the catchiness of power metal with the harshness of black metal, but someone needs to sing Satan’s triumphant battle tunes instead of being down on everything all the time

    • Howard Dean

      Dude, you need Satan’s Host. They’ve been making black/power metal hybrid stuff for a few albums now. Check it out:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u3BYIUqUBk

      • Ryan Tysinger

        Awesome thanks!!

    • Lacertilian

      Now this could be some power metal that I can get on board with!

    • Berit Dogg

      Now this could be some black metal that I can actually get on board with!

  • VVizardface Kelly

    I would love to see how Doom Country would play out. More classical country and doom both have their roots using jazz and blues progressions. The more clean vocals of most early doom (Sabbath, Saint Vitus) with a southern twang and some twisting, slowly tremolo banjos in a downtuned atmosphere could really punctuate some of the somber themes and focus of country lyrics. Coupled with some thunderous riffs and you could have some evil backwoods jams worthy of praise.

    Basically YOB with a corncob pipe.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I’d love this. A doom metal band with a pedal steel guitar player would be amazing.

  • CT-12

    I’d really like to hear a progressive/technical hip-hop band. Some groups have had songs that got close, but not into the deep end as I’d like to hear it (also, with real band members would be cool). Closest example I can think of (off the top of my head) is the verse of this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzoHLYI37uQ

  • tigeraid

    Dungeon Synth crossed with peak-era Ramones punk vocals and sensibilities. Who wouldn’t want to hear Joey Ramone croon about venturing into the deepest pits of antiquity and finding dwarven relics?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Uh. Nah.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    How about combining classic country music and folk with deathcore? I’d love to hear a deathcore band with a pedal steel guitarist and a mandolin player.

  • Freedom Jew

    It’s clear that the time has come. Manilowcore.

  • Rick Chard

    Black Metal/Bagpipe music.

    • Berit Dogg

      Hell yes.

  • Rick Chard

    Frank Sinatra Grindcore.

  • Jeremy Riegel

    Stoner doom mixed with straight edge hardcore. It would sound like whatever a paradox causing people to explode sounds like.

  • Hans Moleman
  • Hans Moleman

    Lo- to Mid-fi Black Metal mixed with whatever this is:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWGCEDYJAZ4

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Big band swing and DSBM

  • Deathgrass
    Death metal + Bluegrass, was just thinking about this on the way to work this morning.

  • GoatForest

    Orthodox black metal mixed with Appalachian bluegrass. Can you imagine the Satanic fervor of wailing mountain vocals and cavernous tortured rasps? Can you picture blistering banjos and icy guitars colliding. Can you imagine Funeral Mist in collusion with Dale Ann Bradley? Moonshine and Arson? Well, can you?! It would be glorious.

  • Berit Dogg

    Sports anthem death metal. But only if it’s completely unironic and the team always loses.

  • Berit Dogg

    Acoustic death metal. Just one guy and a guitar, shredding it like a motherfucker.

  • NDG

    I would like to see a super heavy yet melodic version of Golden Void. I’m thinking somewhere in between Golden Void and Ravencult with a smidge of ‘Feel The Darkness’ era Poison Idea thrown in.

    So, a really aggressive, heavy riffing beast with a slight 70s surf vibe…think Morning Of The Earth mixed with Mad Max.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/ayy4R4Lu6nM?ecver=2
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/8NsEALxHJzg?ecver=2
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/N45XjjH0hy4?ecver=2