Sunday, January 10, 2010


New York City, New York, United States
Crossover Thrash
Hardcore punk
Thrash metal
Youth crew[1]
Years active
Century Media
Associated acts
Agnostic Front
Bad Brains
Danny Diablo
Hazen Street
The Icemen
Murphy's Law
Sick of it All
The Stimulators
Suicidal Tendencies
Youth of Today

The Cro-Mags are an hardcore punk turned crossover thrash band from New York City. The band, which had a strong cult following, released many records, their first two considered the most influential. They were among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal and were associated with the birth of a tougher attitude within the hardcore scene in the late 1980s. They were also one of the first hardcore punk bands associated with the Hare Krishna movement.

They first released a demo with songs that would eventually find themselves on their debut album The Age Of Quarrel (1986). Singer John Joseph subsequently parted ways with the band, leaving bass player Harley Flanagan to sing on the following Cro-Mags release, Best Wishes (1989), which had a more heavy metal-influenced sound. The next record Alpha Omega (1992) saw the return of Joseph and the departure of guitarist and songwriter Parris Mitchell Mayhew. This was followed by Near Death Experience (1993), after which the group finally disbanded. However, in 2000 they released Revenge, which marked a return to their early hardcore roots, featuring songs that were comparable to those on their first release, as well as some songs with a more melodic/punk rock feel. After the release of Revenge the band broke up once again, and the internal hostility amongst band members (mainly between Mayhew and Flanagan) has never been resolved.

In 2008 John Joseph started playing shows, including one at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, using the name Cro-Mags (jam). The band included drummer Mackie Jayson, Craig Setari of Sick of It All on bass, and AJ Novello of Leeway on guitar

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