ro-Mags first came to light after settling on the membership of tattooed Hare Krishna follower Harley Flanegan (bass), along with John 'Bloodclot' Joseph (Real Name: John Joseph McGowan; vocals), Parris Mitchell Mayhew (guitar) and Mackie (Real Name: Maxwell Montgomery Jayson; drums). Flanegan would assume vocal duties when Joseph left soon after.
Eventually signing to the American 'Profile' label, they became a strong influence in the New York Hardcore scene. The Age Of Quarrel, their 1987 debut, eventually emerged. Like many of the bands in their style they frequently crossed over into the world of Metal, and in their case they did it more often as the decade wore on. By the time their follow-up Best Wishes (1989) was ready, they had changed labels to 'Roadrunner', and changed personnel with the addition of guitarist Doug Holland (ex-Kraut), while drummer Mackie departed shortly later to join Bad Brains.
Alpha Omega (1992) received notice, mostly for its sci-fi title. Two more albums, Near Death Experience (1994) and Hard Times In An Age Of Quarrel (1994), their only live effort, followed before they were dismantled in late 1994.
In 2000 the band reformation would result in the Before the Quarrel compilation (2000) and Revenge (2000) only to bust up again in 2003 and reform (again) in 2008. Twenty Years of Quarrel and Greatest Hits compilation in 2006.
The membership has changed with past members coming and going as well as new members though each iteration of the act, most notably a drummer called Winston Chruchill )1982-1984), P.D. ex of Black Anvil on bass (2013-present) and G.B. also ex of Black Anvil on guitars (2013-present). Along with these members, original members Mackie (drums) and John Joseph Bloodclot (vocals), A.J. Novello (guitars) would return; Mike "The Gook" Couls (bass) would join in 2012.
Flanagan filed a federal trademark infringement action suing prior band members John Joseph and Mackie Jayson. In April 2019 Flanagan announced a settlement wherein he would own exclusive use of the name "Cro-Mags".
A massive line-up change saw the membership change to Harley Flanagan (bass)Gabby Abularach (rhythm guitar), Rocky George (lead guitar) and Garry "G-Man" Sullivan (drums) for the release of In the Beginning (2020).
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|City||New York, New York|
|Active Years||1980-1991, 1991-1995, 1996-1999, 1999-2003, 2008-|
|RRCA File Code||REV00439|