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). Today, the band delivers “a thrashing new single,” as described by Consequence of Sound, with “The Final Test.” The track is just a taste of what’s to come from the band’s upcoming full-length album, In The Beginning, available worldwide on June 19 via Mission Two Entertainment.
“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.
“The founding band of hardcore punk” - ROLLING STONE
“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