Listen to ‘The Final Test’ below.
“Will you be afraid or will you be at peace when you die?” asks CRO-MAGS founder, bassist and lyricist Harley Flanagan. “This song is about finding peace and facing death fearlessly, which is in my opinion, the final test.”
CRO-MAGS hit the road last year supporting the reunited MISFITS and compiled footage for their first music video in 27 years with ‘No One’s Victim’. As the Coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world and concert dates began to shuffle, the legendary NYC outfit took action and was one of the first artists to deliver an honest, raw, in-your-face concert set with ‘The Quarantine Show’, filmed live in NYC on March 15, 2020.
With the state of touring constantly changing, the band is eager to get back out to their fans and are scheduled to perform in Japan this November supporting CIRCLE JERKS with other dates to come.
“Riveting hardcore from hardcore greats.” – LA TIMES
“Blazing hardcore pioneers…” – REVOLVER
“Incredibly intense, literally dripping with anger.” – DOWN FOR LIFE
“Metallic guitar riffage and bass-fueled hardcore anthems!” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS
The history of the CRO-MAGS is integral to the history of Hardcore, it’s evolution from punk and the development of alternative music genres such as hardcore, cross-over, thrash metal, post punk and grunge to name a few. Numerous iconic bands from METALLICA to GREEN DAY, and individuals such as Dave Grohl have credited CRO-MAGS with having had a primal influence on their development.
Born out of the violence and depravity of the Lower East Side of New York in the late 70s and early 80s, the CRO-MAGS was the brain-child of a very young Harley Flanagan (at the time 14 years old) when still playing with THE STIMULATORS.
By 1982/83 he wrote and recorded the very first CRO-MAGS demos consisting of four songs that would become the blue print for the seminal 1986 »Age of Quarrel«.
He wrote all of the music, played each instrument and sang. Before long he connected with Parris Mayhew and the two started writing music and auditioning band members.
After several line-ups, 5 studio albums (beyond the original demos) and 30 + years of tours around the world, CRO-MAGS remains one of the most iconic hardcore bands with arguably the greatest reach beyond the genre.
Harley Flanagan | bass/vocals
Gabby Abularach | guitars
Rocky George | guitars
Garry “G-Man” Sullivan | drums