Iron Reagan, Against The Grain
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM
The Beserker Blóthar: Lead Howler
Beefcake the Mighty: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Pustulus Maximus: Lead Guitar, Vocals
BälSäc the Jaws ‘o Death: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals JiZMak da Gusha: Drums
Bonesnapper: Bodyguard, Crappy Vocals
Sawborg Destructo: Annoying Nemesis, Annoying Vocals
The Blood of Gods Mythos:
The story of GWAR is carved across the history of this barren and hopeless planet, but GWAR themselves are not of this world... their story begins in the deepest reaches of outer space. Long ago, the beings who would become the rock band GWAR were part of an elite fighting force, the Scumdogs of the Universe. For eons, they served as thralls to a supreme being known only as the Master. But one by one, each future member of the band earned a glaring reputation for being an intergalactic fuck-up. And so, they were banished, sent away on a fool’s errand to conquer an insignificant shitball floating in a dark corner of the universe; the planet Earth. Once here, GWAR shaped the face of the globe, destroying and rebuilding the natural world, and giving rise to all of human history. Aliens to some, gods and demons to others, our erstwhile Scumdogs fucked apes to create the human race, and this fateful unplanned pregnancy would prove to be truly disastrous!
Their new album, “The Blood of Gods” is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitical disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry. Born of adversity, “The Blood of Gods” is a sonic scar...a question asked and answered...Death cannot kill GWAR. Nothing can. GWAR LIVES MOTHERFUCKERS!
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 1 million views and showcases the band starting a “flash-mosh” on the streets of Portland, OR.
Since 2014, IRON REAGAN have 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 called upon thee to join the holy order of thrash on their latest full-length, Crossover Ministry. Comprised of 18 tracks and thirty minutes of frantic, punk-metal fury with relentlessly catchy riffs and irresistible, mosh-ready grooves, Crossover Ministry is 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. Hear their vicious sermon at a circle pit near you!
After vigorously touring throughout 2017 supporting Crossover Ministry, IRON REAGAN unites with GATECREEPER for a split recording of cranium crushing proportions mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios. Across 8 new tracks of auditory and lyrical venom, both bands showcase why they're two of the most talked about groups in extreme metal today!
IRON REAGAN is:
Tony Foresta – Vocals Mark Bronzino – Guitar Landphil Hall – Guitar Rob Skotis – Bass Ryan Parrish – Drums
Against The Grain
Living up to the title of their 2015 record, Against the Grain have proven themselves to be true warriors of the road. Blazing through the US with their brand of gear-shifting balls-to-the-wall music that incorporates all things heavy - ATG defies categorization as they seamlessly blur the lines of punk, rock, doom and thrash.With the release of their first self-titled full-length in 2009, ATG was an immediate hit - garnering an intensive local fan base playing 50 shows throughout Michigan. With their intense live show and energized fan base they were introduced to touring life by Hellmouth and The Meatmen, and began their transformation into a fully-functioning road act. The boys in ATG have yet to look back.
After 75 dates in 2011, ATG followed up with 2012’s Motor City Speed Rock and 150 dates in support. Their efforts caught the attention of Self-Destructo Records, who in 2013 released their 3rd full-length,Surrounded By Snakes to such acclaim that they re-leased Motor City Speed Rock on 10” as well. Maintaining a DIY tour ethic, ATG built a national fan base with their bare hands - quenching the thirst for fast and heavy rock and roll throughout the land. With 750 dates and counting since hitting the road in 2011, ATG has also toured alongside an impressive assemblage of notable acts including - Zeke, Mothership, Bongzilla, Speedealer, Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, , Atomic Bitchwax, Mos Generator, Anvil, Night Demon, Black Cobra Church of Misery, Guttermouth, The Meatmen, The Koffin Kats, Voodoo Glow Skulls,Zoroaster, Hellmouth, The Hookers, Beast in the Field, Lo-Pan and many more.
ATG’s heavily anticipated 4th full length entitled Road Warriors was released on July 31st on Self-Destructo, and pushed them further into the Rock/metal/punk world, taking fans from all sides that like loud and pure rock and roll. Selling out two pressings fastly, Road Warriors solidified them in the modern Speed-rock realm and got international attention.
Their 5th full length album, and their first on Ripple Music, “Cheated Death” is a true to form rock n roll album blending their love for punk, metal, and all things rock n roll.
Against the Grain is:
Chris Nowak - Bass/ Lead Vox
Rob Nowak - Drums, Back ups
Nick Bellomo - Lead guitar, back ups
Kyle Davis - Guitar, vox
Self Titled - Nov 2010
7" split EP with ChapstikNov 2011 *Sold Out
Motor City Speed Rock May 2012 Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP - 03/14)
Surrounded By Snakes May 2013 Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP)
Road Warriors July, 2015 Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP)
Cheated Death. Feb 9, 2018 - Ripple Music (CD/LP)