The current lineup of the legendary hardcore band CRO-MAGS — featuring John Joseph on vocals, Craig Setari (SICK OF IT ALL) on bass, A.J. Novello (LEEWAY) on guitar and Mackie Jayson on drums — played a headlining show at the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday, November 5. You can now watch the entire performance below.
In other news, Mightier Than Sword will reissue the CRO-MAGS' iconic 1986 full-length debut, "The Age Of Quarrel", on vinyl on January 11, 2011. According to PunkNews.org, the LP will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will be remastered with three previously unreleased "Quarrel"-era demo tracks. The 180-gram vinyl will be made available in the following colors: 100 solid black, 400 clear red/solid black swirl, and 500 clear red. Original artwork will be used, along with a couple of previously unseen photos of the band from the "Quarrel" era, and will include a full-color gatefold jacket and a full-color innersleeve.
"The Age Of Quarrel" was originally released on Profile Records and was reissued in the '90s through Another Planet.
As previously reported, CRO-MAGS is planning on releasing a new album in 2011. In a recent interview with Nettverk For Dyrs Frihet, Joseph stated about the timetable for the band's next CD, "We are looking to release something next year." He added, "We always just roll with the punches. We want to release something with this lineup. My philosophy is, 'I don't talk about shit; I just do it.' When it's getting ready to come out, you will hear about it. That's what I did with my books. I just wrote a film. There is no need to 'big-talk' something. I think everybody knows what to expect, so when it's getting ready to come out people will hear about it."
CRO-MAGS' most recent studio album, "Revenge", came out in 2000, but did not feature Joseph.
The band's last LP with Joseph on lead vocals was 1993's "Near Death Experience".
An influential band from New York City, the original CRO-MAGS was among the first acts to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal and was 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 involved with the Hare Krishna movement.