WSOU Picks of the Week: Iron Reagan, Firewind, Gone is Gone
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Iron Reagan – “Fuck The Neighbors” (Mike C.)
Crossover thrash is alive and well with new Iron Reagan album out today and Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic coming soon. In “Fuck The Neighbors,” Tony Foresta eloquently describes regular neighborly disputes, such as noise complaints and passive aggressiveness. There’s nothing passive about this track, though; Iron Reagan’s songs with tongue-in-cheek lyrics usually end up being favorites of mine, like the masterpiece “Your Kid’s An Asshole” off 2014’s The Tyranny Of Will. Crossover Ministry was released today via Relapse Records, and it’s easily one of my favorite albums so far this year. Check it out! Fuck your yard.
Firewind – “We Defy” (Garren L.)
Although I have come to love just about every sub-genre of metal, power metal holds a special place in my heart with all its musical bombast. With that being said, not all power metal creates that feeling of excitement within me, but Firewind’s latest, “We Defy” (off their new album Immortals) does just that. Gus G’s guitar playing provides a galloping feeling to “We Defy,” while Henning Basse’s vocals demonstrate an immense power and drama without going over the top. This track is clear demonstration of power metal done right.
Gone Is Gone – “Gift” (Nick D.)
The supergroup made up of members from Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and At the Drive-In brings the rock with their debut album Echolocation coming out a few weeks ago (shortly after the band released their first EP in July of last year). Very mellow vibes throughout the track with a bit of a retro fuzzy feel. This song makes me feel like I’m driving in an old station wagon down the coast on a hot summer’s day with the windows open.