From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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Below is our complete Cro-Mags news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
There are some scenes that stay local, some which are struggling and then there those which become legendary. One such example is the Bay Area thrash metal scene, which gave the world such bands as Exodus, Testament and Metallica, but on the other side of the country was something just as important which would shape the thrash metal scene there. A movement which has been the subject of documentaries and books, the New York Hardcore scene. Many of the best bands in the genre came from this, including Agnostic Front and later, Sick of it All, but there was one band that were legends in their own time as well as today, who went by the name of Cro-Mags.
The group began life in 1981 in New York City, the brain child of bass player, Harley Flanagan, who was only fourteen at the time but was intent on making himself known in the local punk scene, as well as hitchhiking his way to California to check out the punk scene there. The band went through a number of musicians and at one point, were seriously considering approaching Beastie Boys member, Adam Yauch to join. They also didn't have a singer until 1984, when fifteen year old Eric Casanova was brought into the fold. Though he only performed two shows with the group, he contributed to the writing of such songs as, "Life of my Own" and "Hard Times." He was eventually replaced by John Joseph, also knows as John Bloodclot, who had worked with Flanagan before in Mode of Ignorance. Joseph was the perfect fit for the band and his lyrics helped them evolve into the image we know today, helping to craft more songs and complete a solid live set. More...
Slayer played Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday two years ago. The promoters of the fest, Transmission Events, must see the value in making Sunday its metal day. As was experienced on Sunday two years ago, we left the park Sunday night with the metallic taste of Slayer in our mouths. My hunt for steel started at 12:30 when 4arm (read xFiruath’s interview) took the stage. I had no problem making this early show since I skipped the Nites shows on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Aussie modern thrash group, most of the fest’s attendees found 12:30 too early in the day. The 20 or so people who did make the early show were treated to one of the best performances of the weekend. More...
AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 12, 2013) - The eighth annual FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) unveils the daily schedule of music and comedy performances during the festival at Auditorium Shores in Austin November 8-10, 2013. Also just announced, is the FFF Nites lineup, which are the nightly after parties free with a festival wristband.
"There's really something for everyone in this year's daily lineup. Folks are in for a special treat on any of the three days," says FFF Fest Founder Graham Williams. "We're very excited about the amazing list of FFF Nites artists who help us keep the music going all weekend long."
Festival producers Transmission Events are once again bringing a mix of new, up-and-coming talent, rare performances, and fan favorites each day of the festival. And, the fun will continue after the park closes each night during FFF Nites with shows at participating venues all around Austin. The music of FFF Fest combines everything from indie rock to hip-hop, punk to electronic, metal to folk, comedy to action sports.
Check the schedule below to determine when to see bands such as Slayer, Gojira, Flag, Pelican, Cro-Mags, Quicksand and Body Count. More...
Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.
Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.
After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...
A medical relief fund has been set up for Cro-Mags bass player Mike "The Gook" Couls, after he was stabbed by former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan last week. A statement from the BlackNBlue Productions website reads as follows:
"In lieu of recent events at the Cro-Mags show this past weekend at Webster Hall, the family of Mike “The Gook” Couls has set up a donation fund via PayPal to help absorb the extraordinary expenses accrued from having been stabbed multiple times and hospitalized – with no insurance.
"Mike is a recent parent of a beautiful baby girl who could have very easily been left fatherless due to the erratic and callous actions of the perpetrator, Harley Flanagan. It is with great fortune that the aforementioned possibility is not the reality, however, the enormous bills from the hospital are.
"A lifetime of commitment is what Mike “The Gook” has offered the greater Hardcore community. We ask that you please donate in honor of his dedication to this community we are all a part of and also in support of his family."
If you would like to donate to the fund, please send any and all money to email@example.com (please mark payment as "donation.")
New York hardcore legends the Cro-Mags have posted a message online through their official Facebook page commenting on the recent incident at a show with Sick of it All, where former bassist Harley Flanagan entered the VIP Room with a knife and attacked several people. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"WE... as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who's family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was 'his' choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn't there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let's move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA - that's what we are all about."
Any further information regarding the incident will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.
According to BoweryBoogie.com, a hardcore show featuring Sick of it All, Cro-Mags and Vision Of Disorder, had to be cancelled tonight when Harley Flanagan, founding (and former) bass player of the Cro-Mags, reportedly entered the VIP Lounge with a knife and stabbed current Cro-Mags bassist Mike Couls in the chest. An excerpt of events reads as follows:
"Cops quickly appeared and took him away in cuffs. Not before he had already stabbed some dude in the chest (said victim left the scene with a bandage over the wound). Because of the violence the rest of the show was canceled. The remaining bands promised to reschedule the show. To be fair, Webster Hall security contained the situation professionally. Lots of drunken, pissed off hardcore fans were on edge after the cops shut down the show, but the scene was cleared without further incident."
Read the full article at BoweryBoogie.com.
Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.
Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."
A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...
Notable metal bands have been revealed to be taking part in the forthcoming Australian "Soundwave Revolution" tour. The four date trek, which features over thirty bands in total, will begin in Brisbane on September 24, 2011. You can view the list of confirmed metal bands as well as the tour dates below.
Set Your Goals
The Devin Townsend Project
The Damned Things
Every Time I Die
Funeral For A Friend
Times of Grace
The Acacia Strain
In This Moment
The Word Alive
Pop and rock acts are also scheduled to appear*
09/24 Brisbane, QLD – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/25 Sydney, NSW – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/30 Melbourne, VIC – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/01 Adelaide, SA – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/03 Perth, WA – Soundwave Revolution 2011
The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.
The lineup is as follows: More...
Wisdom In Chains has announced the band's final show of the year will occur at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on December 30th, 2010 alongside H2O, Cro-Mags, and Trapped Under Ice. The promotional poster for the show can be viewed at this location.
Raleigh, North Carolina's Corrosion Of Conformity have announced their participation in the upcoming 2010 edition of Riot Fest Chicago. The formerly all punk festival has now opened it's doors to include metal and hard rock acts and in turn expanding the festival to a four day event. Riot Fest Chicago 2010 in set to take place October 6th through 10th in various venues throughout the city.
Other metal acts scheduled to appear include a reformed Corrosion Of Conformity, Torche, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front and Kylesa. The event is being headlined by underground punk rock icons Bad Religion.
You can find more information about Riot Fest Chicago at this location.
The Black N Blue Bowl event will be returning to New York this year for another edition. This year will see headlining performances from the legendary Cro-Mags as well as long running hardcore veterans Madball. Also on the bill will be H20, Skarhead, Wisdom In Chains, Yuppicide, Trapped Under Ice, Sand, Incendiary, H8 Inc. and Cruel Hand with more bands to be confirmed soon. The show will take place on May 15th at Webster Hall and will kick off at 2PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day.
Hardcore metal act Hatebreed has announced that their forthcoming new covers album, "For The Lions" will be released in North America on May 5th in North America via E1 Music (formerly known as Koch Records) and will appear on the shelves on Europe on May 11th through Century Media.
The covers appearing on "For The Lions" are as follows:
Slayer - "Ghosts of War"
Cro-Mags - "It's The Limit"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Suicidal Maniac"
Sepultura - "Refuse/Resist"
Metallica - "Escape"
Bad Brains - "Supertouch/Shitfit"
Misfits - "Hatebreeders"
D.R.I. - "Evil Minds"
Madball - "Set It Off"
Sick Of It All - "Shut Me Out"
Black Flag - "Thirsty"
Negative Approach - "Sick Of Talk"
Crowbar - "All I Had I Gave"
Merauder - "Life Is Pain"
Agnostic Front - "Your Mistake"
Judge - "Hear Me"
Obituary - "I'm In Pain
Subzero - "Boxed In"
HATEBREED has revealed the release date and tracklisting of their new covers album, "For The Lions." The album is set for release on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). This new release is the follow-up to the band’s #1 Billboard charting DVD, LIVE DOMINANCE (released September of 2008).
The songs on "For The Lions" were carefully selected by HATEBREED to represent a panoramic view of some of their favorite artists and greatest musical inspirations. Having completed the album in 2008, the band felt their work wasn’t done yet and just returned to the studio with original guitar player Wayne Lozinak to record additional tracks for the album. The four new covers are among the most bludgeoning the band has yet to record. These include, “Ghosts Of War” (Slayer), “Supertouch/Shitfit (Bad Brains), “Thirsty” (Black Flag) and “Suicidal Maniac” (Suicidal Tendencies).
FOR THE LIONS was produced, engineered and mixed by long-time band associate Chris "Zeuss" Harris.
You can preview of “Suicidal Maniac” on the band's MySpace page.
In additional HATEBREED news, the band announced the departure of guitar player Sean M. Martin, welcoming back to the fold original guitarist Wayne Lozinak.
Front man Jamey Jasta says, “I speak on behalf of all of us and we support Sean's decision to leave and want him to be happy and successful at everything he does. There are no bad feelings at all and you'll probably see him hanging on stage at some of our local shows. We're family and he will be missed but HATEBREED will forge on.” More...
Machine Head has announced that a special edition of their acclaimed album, "The Blackening" will be released on October 27th. The set will include two CDs aswell as a bonus DVD.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Clenching The Fists Of Dissent
2. Beautiful Mourning
3. Aesthetics Of Hate
4. Now I Lay Thee Down
8. A Farewell To Arms
Disc two (rarities and b-sides):
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden cover)
2. Alan's On Fire (Poison Idea cover)
3. Negative Creep (Nirvana cover)
4. Seasons Wither
5. My Misery
6. House Of Suffering (Bad Brains cover)
7. The Possibility Of Life's Destruction (Discharge cover)
8. Ten Ton Hammer (Extended original mix)
9. Hole In The Sky (Black Sabbath cover)
10. Colors (Ice-T cover)
11. Hard Times (live Cro-Mags cover)
12. Halo (demo)
13. Aesthetics Of Hate (demo)
1. Clenching The Fists Of Dissent (With Full Force Festival 2008)
2. Now I Lay Thee Down (With Full Force 2008)
3. Halo (With Full Force 2008)
4. Aesthetics Of Hate (Rock In Rio 2008)
5. Davidian (Rock In Rio 008)
6. Imperium (Download Festival 2007)
7. Old (Download Festival 2007)
8. A Thousand Lies (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
9. The Rage To Overcome (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
10. Death Church (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
11. Blood For Blood (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
The DVD will also include the music videos for "Aesthetics Of Hate," "Halo" and "Now I Lay Thee Down" aswell as a "making-of" feature for each video.
After six years with the band, drummer Rigg Ross has left Madball. According to the group, "We'd like to wish him all the best for the future, and he will have our love and respect forever."
To replace Ross, Madball has added Mackie Jayson (former Cro-Mags, Bad Brains) to their line-up. He will make his live debut with the band later this month.
HATEBREED plan on recording a album of their favorites cover songs which should see release in 2008. Among bands the group plans to cover include D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Metallica, and Crowbar.
Frontman Jamey Jasta is also writing a book tentatively titled 'A Headbangers Tell All' which is about his 3 and half year stint as host of MTV's Headbangers Ball.
New York hardcore all-stars, Bloodclot! have hit the streets running. The band boasts members of The Cro-Mags, Biohazard, Pro-Pain and Merauder.
Vocalist John Joseph (Cro-Mags) describes the band's sound best. "I don't want to lock it into any categories. There are hardcore and metal qualities, punk rock qualities, even some fusion in certain parts. It's just heavy music, with a heavy message."
The band is currently seeking a record deal with their self-produced debut, "Burn Babylon Burn." Setting a new standard in hardcore, Bloodclot! maintains a positive focus, preserving the tenets of unity central to the classic ethos. And true to the classic punk-rock DIY vibe, they also wrote and recorded everything together in drummer Danny Schuler's (Biohazard) studio, with no outside influence, financially or otherwise.
"We set out to create a piece of music that would last forever, and reflect the turbulent times we're living in," explains Schuler. "The only way to do that was to believe in each other and do it completely by ourselves. We lived every second of this record, we trusted our instincts, and worked our asses off to get it done. We made this record with absolutely no regard for what is popular right now. We listened to ourselves, dug deep, and created the record we wanted to hear."
Even the band's name itself possesses an important meaning. "In Jamaican, the word 'bloodclot' is a curse that describes everything being fucked up. It's a 'bloodclot' situation, what's happening on the planet, who's running things through deception and lies, and we need to fix it," continues Joseph.
If anyone can make a change through music, it's these five individuals with over 100 years combined experience in hardcore. In the end, Bloodclot! will make an impact. John exclaims, "We live this, every single day, that's why it comes off authentic, because it 'IS' real."
John Joseph (Cro-Mags) – vocals
Scott Roberts (Biohazard) – guitar
Eric Klinger (Pro-Pain) – guitar
Rick Lopez (Merauder) – bass
Danny Schuler (Biohazard) – drums
The New York Post reports that former Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha turned down an offer to join rasta-punk legends the Bad Brains, who are now being fronted by former Cro-Mags frontman John 'Bloodclot' Joseph. Zack de la Rocha has yet to release his solo effort since parting with Rage Against The Machine.