Hardcore punk band from New York City, NY, USA.

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.

The bass player Harley Flanagan and singer John Joseph were not the best of friends and eventually Joseph would part ways with the band leaving Harley to sing on the following Cro-Mags release.
After The Age of Quarrel, the band released the record, Best Wishes (1989). The record had a more heavy metal-influenced sound which alienated many of their original fans.

The band released another record Alpha Omega (1992), that saw the return of Joseph, and the departure of guitarist and songwriter Parris Mitchell Mayhew, a record that was only embraced by the most devoted of their fanbase, and followed by Near Death Experience (1993).

After suffering from many lineup changes and frequent breakups, the group finally disbanded, seemingly for the last time, after this record. However, in 2000 they released a record again..

With Revenge the Cro-Mags came back to their early hardcore roots with songs that were comparable to their first release plus some songs with a more melodic/punk rock feel. After the release of Revenge the band broke up once again.

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 of Leeway on guitar.

At various times in the 90s and 00s both Harley and John Joseph simultaneously led 2 separate versions of the Cro-Mags with completely different line-ups.

These groups billed themselves as "Cro-Mag Jam", "Cro-Mags-NYC", "Age of Quarrel" or "Cro-Mags" (whether or not the name was owned legally by the certain version of the band in question).
Sometimes only one original member would be present, sometimes two or three, and sometimes even both John Joseph and Harley together.

Cro-Mags Discography Tracks


Cro-Mags - Age Of Quarrel album art Cro-Mags Age Of Quarrel Cro-Mag-Non Record & Tape Co. US 1985 Sell This Version
Cro-Mags - The Age Of Quarrel album art Cro-Mags The Age Of Quarrel (Album) Profile Records, Rock Hotel Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Cro-Mags - Best Wishes album art Cro-Mags Best Wishes (Album) Profile Records Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Cro-Mags - Alpha Omega album art Cro-Mags Alpha Omega (Album) Century Media Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Cro-Mags - Near Death Experience album art Cro-Mags Near Death Experience (Album) Century Media Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Cro-Mags - Hard Times In An Age Of Quarrel album art Cro-Mags Hard Times In An Age Of Quarrel (Album, Comp) Century Media Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Cro-Mags - Revenge album art Cro-Mags Revenge (Album) Cro-Mag Recordings Germany 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7730-8 Cro-Mags - Cro-Mags album art Cro-Mags Cro-Mags(CD, Single, Promo) Century Media 7730-8 US 1992 Sell This Version


Cro-Mags - The Age Of Quarrel / Best Wishes album art Cro-Mags The Age Of Quarrel / Best Wishes (Comp) Another Planet Records (2), Profile Records US 1994 Sell This Version
NYHC 3 Cro-Mags - Twenty Years Of Quarrel And Greatest Hits album art Cro-Mags Twenty Years Of Quarrel And Greatest Hits(CD, Album, Comp) New York Hardcore Records NYHC 3 US 2006 Sell This Version


- Cro-Mags - "Live In The Age Of Quarrel" (1986-2001) album art Cro-Mags "Live In The Age Of Quarrel" (1986-2001)(DVD, NTSC) Not On Label - 2006 Sell This Version
MVDV4610 Cro-Mags - The Final Quarrel: Live At CBGB 2001 album art Cro-Mags The Final Quarrel: Live At CBGB 2001(DVD-V) MVD Visual MVDV4610 US 2011 Sell This Version

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May 26, 2018
"Age Of Quarrel" is one of the best Hardcore Records ever...


November 20, 2016
Hey no comments?!? Two first albums are masterpieces in their genre(s). Great cross-over. But really dangerous at the same time. No band defined NYHC like these guys. I just wish they would bury the hatchet. Too bad Harley and John are still quarreling (or that's what i think).

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