New York Hardcore Legend Steve Poss of Cavity Creeps Has Died

 

Sad news as Steve Poss, notably of New York Hardcore legends Cavity Creeps has died after a serious bout with cancer the last few years. He was just 53 years old. Steve was a fixture in NYHC scene, and the community is devastated by his loss. We send our sympathies out to his family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading

Sid McCray, Original Bad Brains Vocalist, Has Passed Away

 

Legend of hardcore punk, Sid McCray who was the singer of pre-Bad brains group Mind Power, has died. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. News of his passing was shared by members of the punk community online. Sid was responsible for turning the Jazz-fusion based Mind Power on to the early punk rock, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and other heavy bands that led to their more aggressive sound when they formed Bad Brains. Sid would leave the nascent hardcore punk forefathers and he was replaced by HR just as they were getting started. Sid would remain an ally to the band, part of their road crew, a major supporter of the scene, and would occasionally perform with the group, such as this video below at Okay Space with D. Randall Blythe of Lamb of God, which you can see below. Rest in Power Sid, and we send our sympathies out to his family, fans, and crew at this time. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: Win a Merch Bundle From Cro-Mags, New Album Out Now

 

Cro-Mags released their first new album in 23 years last month, In The Beginning, via Mission Two Entertainment (Arising Empire in Europe). Led by founder Harley Flanagin, the album is a mix of old-school, and a modern flavor as well all the gritty feel of a day-in-the-life New York City grind. Check out our review of the album here and our EXCLUSIVE interview with Harley here. Now head to Ghost Cult on Facebook and drop a comment with your favorite Cro-Mags song and we will pick one winner at random to get this killer Shirt and vinyl bundle! Contest ends July 16th, USA fans only.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Cro-Mags – In The Beginning

Having successfully secured the Cro-Mags name after a year-long court battle with former members John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, frontman and general hardcore legend Harley Flanagan follows up last year’s From the Grave and Don’t Give In EP’s (Victory Records) with In the Beginning (Mission Two Entertainment/Arising Empire), the first full-length release from the celebrated New York act in twenty long years.  Continue reading

Cro-Mags Share Lyric Video for “The Final Test”

Cro-Mags, one of the founding fathers of Hardcore Punk, will release their first album in 20 years, In The Beginning, will release via Mission Two Entertainment. Led by Harley Flannigan, Cro-Mags have their line-up rounded out with guitarists Rocky George, Gabby Abularach and drummer Garry Sullivan, and the band 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.” 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. Watch the new lyric video and single, ‘The Final Test’, which you can watch now! Continue reading

Ten Years Gone: Peter Steele – 1962 – 2010

It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since Peter Steele passed away in 2010. His death has left a gaping wound in the soul of the music world that can never be repaired. Peter’s memory lives on in his music and the iconic moments that he created with Type O Negative and Carnivore. We created a detailed memorial post last year, which you can read below. Jam some of Peter’s music today in his honor. Rest in Power Peter! Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Quicksand Released “Manic Compression” 25 Years Ago

Post-Hardcore is a sub-genre that gets tossed around today as commonplace, but in the early 1990s, it was a new little brother that the older sibling was not ready to cede attention to. As Hardcore Punk mutated into other offshoots, post-Hardcore started to gain ground. In New York City alone, the epicenter for many new waves of hardcore music, a lot of bands crossed over (see what we did there) and bands started to absorb elements of both with Prong, White Zombie, and Biohazard were all leaning more on metal vibes, Quicksand formed by members of ex-hardcore legend status bands we’re pushing towards a new sound. Heavy, but not in a tough guy way, vulnerable, but smart. By the time the members of essential musical outfits Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Beyond, Bold, Burn, and Collapse formed an anti-supergroup, released demos and the amazing Slip (Polydor) album, and toured tirelessly, fans in the scene could feel they were building to something huge. They walked in both worlds of Punk and Metal but were also world-building themselves at the same time. Continue reading

Jack Flannigan, Guitarist for The Mob, Manager of GWAR and Clutch Has Passed Away

One of the good guys of the music industry is being remembered today by bands he worked with, peers and friends. Jack Flannigan died yesterday (10/12/2019). Jack’s career in music started as the guitarist in the 1980s in the NYHC band The Mob. Later he went on to manage GWAR for the last 25 years as well as a long term stint on Clutch’s management team. Both penned loving tributes to Jack over social media, as well as sharing the outpouring of support and love many names in the industry shared in tribute. We send our condolences to Jack’s family, friends, and fans at this difficult time Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Life of Agony – The Sound of Scars

Older, wiser, better, stronger. That could very well be the 2019 tag line for Life of Agony. Since the bands’ return a full-time band from their hiatus, the have continued to evolve and improve, year over year. Anybody can get on stage, take a paycheck for nostalgia’s sake. No, not this band. Their approach to new music has been inspired. Their comeback album, 2017’s A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm Records) was a powerful reminder of what made this band vital in the first place. Now on The Sound of Scars (also Napalm), the band returns to the scene of their original triumph, to continue the tale. Continue reading

Clutch – Killswitch Engage – – Cro-Mags JM Live at The Capitol Theatre

In one of the killer tours of late summer, Killswitch Engage armed with their new album and Clutch riding high on a series of new covers/singles totally lit up the night at The Capitol Theatre. The quaint and historic theater in sleepy Port Chester, New York has been around forever. It’s known as “The Original Rock Palace” for a reason.  When a co-headline tour like this comes around the place fills up and the pit jumps off! Opening the show on this tour was Cro-Mags JM (as in John Joseph and Mackie Jason). The band played their hits, and considering they were both early influences on both bill toppers, this pairing is a great fit! Clutch has been on fire the last few years and are a must-see band live! Few frontmen can command a crowd as Neal Fallon can. Lastly, KsE came armed to the teeth with new music to play. The crushing ‘Unleashed’, and the soulful Punk energy of ‘I Am Broken Too’ are straight-up face-melters from their new album Atonement (Metal Blade) which was not quite out at the time of this show. Check out Rosa Miller’s photos from the night and do not miss these bands when they hit your town for a show!

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