Cause for Alarm (album)

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Cause for Alarm
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Studio album by Agnostic Front
Released 1986
Recorded Systems II, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genre Hardcore punk, crossover thrash
Length 23:48
Label Relativity Records/
Combat Records
Producer Norman Dunn
Agnostic Front chronology
Victim in Pain
Cause for Alarm
Liberty and Justice for...

Cause for Alarm is the second full-length studio album by New York hardcore band Agnostic Front. It was released in 1986 on Relativity/Combat Records and follows 1984's Victim in Pain. The album is still available on a split release with Victim in Pain on the same disc.


The addition of a second guitarist – Alex Kinon – led to a more metallic approach, although the songs still had mostly a hardcore sound. One other line-up change was the replacement of Dave Jones by Louie Beatto on drums. The band would further explore the metal sound on their next album, 1987's Liberty and Justice for....


Several critics, including Phil Donahue,[1] Jello Biafra and the fanzine Maximum Rocknroll,[2] have criticized Agnostic Front for the controversial lyrics of the song "Public Assistance", written for the band by then-Carnivore frontman Peter Steele.[3] Steele went on to write a very similar song for his new band Type O Negative named Der Untermensch, which appeared on their album Slow Deep and Hard.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Kerrang! 3.75/5 stars[5]

In 2005, Cause for Alarm was ranked number 302 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Eliminator" 3:10
2. "Existence of Hate" 2:18
3. "Time Will Come" 1:22
4. "Growing Concern" 4:10
5. "Your Mistake" 1:26
6. "Out for Blood" 2:13
7. "Toxic Shock" 2:27
8. "Bomber Zee" 2:28
9. "Public Assistance" 2:44
10. "Shoot His Load" 1:30
Total length: 23:48

"Your Mistake" was covered by Fear Factory, with Freddy Cricien of Madball, on the Demanufacture Digipak as a bonus track, and by Hatebreed on their album For the Lions.


Agnostic Front
  • Recorded at Systems II, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Produced by Norman Dunn
  • Engineered by Mike Maricano

Cause for Alarm was also the name of Kabula and Kinon's previous band.

Stigma and Beatto appear on backing vocals on the New Jersey thrash metal band, Whiplash's album Power and Pain – it was recorded in the same studio with the same producer


  1. ^ "A Brief History of Conservative and Libertarian Punk". Reason. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "KFTH - Agnostic Front Page". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Steele Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Agnostic Front Cause for Alarm review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  5. ^ Miller, Paul (18 September 1986). "Hardcore Hardware". Kerrang!. 129. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 20. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 91. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 

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