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Album Review

The Age of Quarrel was a veritable monster of a hardcore album, seething with vitriol and threat, and shot through with massively chugging metal riffs and galloping drums. Easily the Cro-Mags finest hour, and probably tough-guy hardcore's as well, it was a crossover sensation, appealing both to the tried-and-true punk and hardcore crowd, as well as folks from the metal camp. Case in point, Motorhead elected to take the Cro-Mags on the road with them during the tour for this album. Age of Quarrel hit like a bomb, and despite the fact that a few waves of East Coast hardcore bands had already issued their debuts (Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, SSD, DYS, Bad Brains, SOA), it quickly set the pace for albums to follow. The sounds was brutal, caustic, honest, uncompromising, and musically engaging. Unfortunately for the band, its legacy is often obscured by the bizarre trappings of Krishna thought, and the thuggery of skinhead violence. Before the Quarrel brings the band's highly sought after early demo tracks into the light of day. Essentially little more than raw versions of the album proper, Before the Quarrel nonetheless proves a worthy companion to Age of Quarrel, and a must have for diehards.

Customer Reviews

Before the Quarrel.

This album rocks, But I tunes didn't add the Age of Quarrel wich kicks @%$ ! Whats up with that I tunes ?

Remaster but its still awesome!

Yeah this remaster loses a little of its raw, heavy, bone-rattling intensity that it had on the original EP. But still I don't think it loses THAT much of the edge. I think its the best hardcore punk cd out there especially if you were there during the NYCH days. Unless your a massive fan of the Cro-Mags you wont find much of a difference between this and Age of Quarrel. Same songs, same sound, great music. Its a great cd buy it now!

Um, why not the real album?

I logged on hoping to download Age of Quarrel because my cassette player finally died, which is a problem since my only copy of this album is on tape. Age of Quarrel is really about as tight and solid a hardcore album start to finish as you're going to find, surely worth a spot on iTunes at least, no? Five-star rating is for "Age," not "Before."


Formed: 1984 in United States

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Before the Cro-Mags, the idea of combining heavy metal and hardcore together was unheard of. But with the release of their classic debut, The Age of Quarrel, hardcore-metal was born, and in its wake came a legion of similarly styled offspring (Biohazard, Vision of Disorder, etc.). Although the group endured an endless amount of lineup shifts (which is probably the main reason they never became as well known as they should have), the Cro-Mags continued to record and tour in one form or another. Through...
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