Iron Reagan brought its River City flavored crossover brand of hardcore thrash metal to a show at the Taphouse this past Saturday night. Formed back in 2012 through a mashup of members from other successful RVA bands, the supergroup released an EP through Trapped Under Ice frontman, Justin Tripp's Pop Wig Records last September. The Norfolk scene turned up in spades for the show, which sold out completely.
Thrash punks from DC, Red Death, made the trip down here as well: touring on the strength of full length records released two years apart. Likewise, fellow Richmonders -- Left Cross, are also touring behind a record put out in 2017.
Hometown heroes, Demons are well known as the best live band in the city. As such, they've become a top-of-the-list band to tap when a big hardcore show is pulling into town. From all reports the show was a killer, with all acts bringing their A games. All of these groups are just about due for new releases -- We'll keep an eye out and holler when we hear more.
Next up at the Taphouse this weekend are back-to-back shows. Friday brings post-rockers Arms Bizarre with Prayer Group and Guiltwave. Saturday brings it all home with one of our favorite NYC-based folk-punkers, Brook Pridemore. We last reviewed him at Charlies, maybe two years ago -- he's not to be missed. Dead Love Alive is on the bill as well along with the delightfully quirkadelic Uglyography, who if I recall correctly has a record in my inbox. Look for thoughts on that in an upcoming review round-up.
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RVA. Crossover Thrash.
Washington DC. Thrash Punk.
RVA. Death Metal.
Norfolk. Hardcore / Sludge.