After nearly two decades, 2020 holds the triumphant return of the CRO–MAGS and their highly anticipated new album »In The Beginning« – out now via Arising Empire and Mission Two Entertainment!
»In The Beginning«, available as DIGI and LP in four different, exclusive and limited colours via CoreTex (limited sold out!), EMP and Nuclear Blast mailorder (limited sold out!)!
Get your hands on »In The Beginning« and/or stream here: https://Cro-Mags.lnk.to/InTheBeginning
“A smashing comeback album, from the street for the street.” – VISIONS
“Cro-Mags’ In The Beginning: offstage drama out, raging NYHC in. Hardcore legend Harley Flanagan parks the legal drama and focuses on the music on first new Cro-Mags album in 20 years” – METAL HAMMER
“So, when you get asked in the future what happened in 2020, there’s no need to bring up bush fires, floods, global pandemics, lockdowns or race riots. Instead, smile and rejoice that the Cro-Mags put out In the Beginning; for Harley Flanagan has created a crossover masterpiece.” – RAZORS EDGE
“In The Beginning is the sound of a prison riot, an uprising in the street, a gang fight. If the movie The Warriors were reimagined today, Harley’s voice would be the hand that wields the sword that is the CRO-MAGS, and this record would be its soundtrack. Gritty, street smart, NYHC; one hell of a must buy.” – NEW NOISE
“The significance of Harley Flanagan and the CRO-MAGS in the realm of hardcore simply can’t be overstated. It’s fair to say that the band’s name is synonymous with hardcore. The pioneering NYHC act has reached outside of hardcore by influencing such notable and varied bands as NIRVANA, GREEN DAY and METALLICA.” – Blabbermouth.net
“In the Beginning will take many by surprise at just how authentic it really is.” – LOUD
“Still with plenty of snarl and bite, Cro-Mags are very much turning back the years for a fiery blast of punk-infused hardcore noise. Proving their relevancy and undying importance to the genre still.” – GBHBL UK
“The MOTORHEAD legend will surely nod from above when some people see Harley Flanagan as the “Lemmy of Hardcore”. – Stormbringer
“In The Beginning” is wonderfully brutal and unremittingly unapologetic. Which is exactly as it should be.“ – MAXIMUM VOLUME UK
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–