Cro Mags – Alpha Omega

The Age of Quarrel is the only album of Cro Mags that I heard before sampling out this one. It’s a big jump from that album to this, maybe with the exception of course of the albums in between that I am not familiar with. If you grew up with the oldschool hardcore style that Cro Mags was known before, then maybe you’ll get disappointed with this one. But if you’re a hybrid of punk and metal (like me, hehe) then you could like this one. Actually, this release is regarded as a metal album by many, and listening to it you’ll probably understand why. Here’s an additional review that I got from All Music Guide:

This partial assemblage of the classic Cro-Mags lineup features bassist Harley Flanagan and singer John “Bloodclot” Joseph together again after years of separation. The two musicians had last joined forces on the band’s seminal hardcore debut, The Age of Quarrel. Dave Holland (guitars), Gabby (guitars), and Dave DiSenso (drums) fill out the lineup for this, the group’s third studio recording. With music penned by Flanagan and original guitarist Parris Mayhew, this 1992 release delivers a steady stream of straightforward metal. Alpha-Omega bears only a small resemblance to the frenzied, more destructive style that embodied ’80s East Coast hardcore and on which the Cro-Mags’ reputation was solidly built. Standout tracks “The Other Side of Madness” and “The Paths of Perfection” have a relatively subdued, melodic texture that furthers the band’s career-long gravitation away from its hardcore roots. While certainly a decent offering, this record falls short of it’s creators’ best work.

Cro Mags – Alpha Omega

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6 responses

  1. I forgot which one was released here, revenge or alpha omega. i missed out on both anyways so thanks for this one.

    May 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm

  2. Rg

    Best Wishes Was Also DOPE>>Rg

    May 12, 2008 at 3:48 am

  3. myfatetohate

    Hey, Dennis…good to hear from you again. Alpha Omega was the one that was released locally. I still have that cassette tape of mine, not sure if it still plays fine though, hehe.

    May 12, 2008 at 4:02 am

  4. myfatetohate

    Hi, uhmm…RG, haven’t heard of Best Wishes yet. But I heard that it was also kinda “metallic”. Anyways, thanks for visiting the site and feel free to come back anytime. Cheers!

    May 12, 2008 at 4:04 am

  5. Rinjo Njori

    Best Wishes is a classic compared to this drivel. I really hate this album and like Near Death Experience more. Though Near Death Experience is barely a Cro-Mags album… more like Cro-Mags Jam

    December 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm

  6. mattalica

    i have been a huge fan of the cro-mags since they first started when i was back in high school. my wife and i even named our daughter harlee. i got this album when it was released and was disappointed initially. but after i got past my uberpunk hangups, the strength of this album began to shine through. it isn’t age of quarrel. but i think it’s better than best wishes. we also started calling them the fro-mags because of harley’s hair in the band photo.

    April 6, 2010 at 12:57 am

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