After nearly two decades, 2019 saw the triumphant return of the CRO–MAGS and new music with the release of two back-to-back EPs – Don’t Give In and From The Grave. CRO-MAGS finally launched the pre-orders for their highly anticipated, upcoming full-length album In The Beginning, which will be released worldwide on the 19th of June 2020 via Arising Empire and Mission Two Entertainment.
Today, the band has released the official video for ‘From The Grave’, taken from the upcoming album. Watch here: youtu.be/FO2Xq-b29YU
“The idea for the video is that I’m rising from the grave and going on a mission…like I came back from the dead to become the Grim Reaper himself,” explains CRO-MAGS founder, bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan. “I think anybody who knows the history of this band and of my life will get it. It starts off at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, where I will be buried with my family and in-laws. In the opening shot, the grave I’m in front of is actually my mother’s.”
As CRO-MAGS toured with Motörhead in 1986, Flanagan adds, “Phil is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can’t believe I have him playing on one of my songs! I am so honored. The footage of Phil was shot by his son Todd Campbell at his recording studio in Wales, UK.”
Pre-order In The Beginning now: https://Cro-Mags.lnk.to/InTheBeginning
Listen to ‘The Final Test’ here: youtu.be/IYwmLgufAx4
Get the song here: https://Cro-Mags.lnk.to/TheFinalTest
“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, rounded out with guitarists Rocky George, Gabby Abularach and drummer Garry Sullivan, 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.
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.CRO-MAGS are:
Harley Flanagan | bass/vocals
Gabby Abularach | guitars
Rocky George | guitars
Garry “G-Man” Sullivan | drums