Iron Reagan – Demo 2012

Iron Reagan - Demo 2012

The Ronald Reagan bit is obvious, but I’m curious if that’s an Iron Maiden reference in that there band name. The Demo 2012 is a four-track digital release of blisteringly fast hardcore punk/crossover thrash. It’s political as hell with for-real intelligible lyrics and a yell that even gets a bit sing-songy at points. Most band demos are cursory once-listens to satisfy curiosity toward a band’s beginnings, so it speaks to Iron Reagan’s capacity as a punk band that this one is such a good time.

1. Paycheck – (1:20) – ★★★☆☆
2. Eat Shit and Live – (0:51) – ★★★☆☆
3. Artificial Saints – (1:21) – ★★★☆☆
4. Running Out of Time – (1:31) – ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★½☆☆

[UPDATE 18 October 2015: Changed the overall rating from four stars to three-and-a-half stars.]

[UPDATE 9 March 2016: Changed the rating of “Running Out of Time” from five stars to three stars.]

[UPDATE 15 March 2016: Changed the overall rating from three-and-a-half stars to three stars. C’mon, it’s alright.]

[UPDATE 26 April 2016: Changed the overall rating from three stars to two-and-a-half stars. It’s a hardcore punk rock demo.]

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