The Age of Quarrel

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The Age of Quarrel
Cromag aoq.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1986
Recorded1986 at Eastside Studios,
New York City, U.S.
GenreHardcore punk
LabelProfile Records
Another Planet (1994 reissue)
ProducerChris Williamson
Cro-Mags chronology
The Age of Quarrel
Best Wishes

The Age of Quarrel is the first album from the New York hardcore band Cro-Mags. It was released on Profile Records in September 1986 and subsequently re-released by Another Planet in 1994, along with their second album, 1989's Best Wishes, on the same disc. The video for "We Gotta Know" received airplay on MTV at the time (during their alternative/underground specialty show 120 Minutes and later on the heavy metal-hard rock show Headbangers Ball), and was one of the first-ever clips on MTV to feature slam dancing and crowd surfing.


Most of the songs are executed at speed with vocals from John Joseph, which inspired sound-a likes. However, "Malfunction", "Seekers of the Truth", and "Life of My Own" are slower songs that foreshadowed the more metallic influences on their next project, the crossover thrash bracketed Best Wishes.[citation needed]

The title refers to Kali Yuga, this term originating from the Sanskrit language can be translated into the "Age of Quarrel", "Age of Deception" or "Age of Illusion". Kali Yuga is the fourth age (and current) of the world in the Sanatan Dharma or Hindu tradition, characterized by general degradation, spiritual degeneration, and illusion;

The image on the front album cover is a photograph taken during the Operation Castle nuclear test.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Critical reception to The Age of Quarrel has been met with positive reviews and ratings. Vincent Jeffries of AllMusic awards it four-and-a-half out of five stars and claims in hindsight that "the Cro-Mags helped define the East Coast hardcore movement with their now legendary debut, Age of Quarrel." He later states that "Age of Quarrel is loaded with hardcore classics like 'World Peace,' 'We Gotta Know,' and 'Street Justice.' On these cuts and throughout the record, Mayhew presents what were at the time cutting-edge post-Motörhead punk/metal riffs, and the entire group execute their roles with passion, dexterity, and extreme focus. It's practically impossible to understand or appreciate New York hardcore without first spending time listening to Age of Quarrel."[1]

In 2005, The Age of Quarrel was ranked number 274 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[2]

Earth Crisis frontman Karl Buechner said that watching the video of "We Gotta Know" was "the spark that set off" his love for hardcore punk music and, during a 1996 interview, he would describe The Age of Quarrel as "still the greatest hardcore album of all time".[3][4] Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed stated that the song "Life of My Own" inspired him to become a musician and named AOQ one of the most crucial albums in hardcore's history.[5][6]

Cro-Mags performed the songs "It's The Limit" and "Hard Times" in a 1988 film called "The Beat" as "Iron Skulls".

"It's the Limit" was featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV. It was featured on the "LCHC" radio station, referring to Liberty City Hardcore. Since Grand Theft Auto IV is modeled on New York, they chose to use this song as it is part of the NYHC (New York Hardcore) Scene.

Track listing[edit]

1."We Gotta Know"3:24
2."World Peace"2:13
3."Show You No Mercy"1:58
5."Street Justice"1:33
6."Survival of the Streets"1:06
7."Seekers of the Truth"4:03
8."It's the Limit"1:43
9."Hard Times"1:40
10."By Myself"2:35
11."Don't Tread On Me"1:20
12."Face the Facts"1:41
13."Do Unto Others"1:50
14."Life of My Own"2:53
15."Signs of the Times"2:03
Total length:33:44


  • John Joseph – vocals
  • Parris Mitchell Mayhew – rhythm guitar
  • Doug Holland – lead guitar
  • Harley Flanagan – bass
  • Mackie Jayson – drums
Additional production
  • Re-issue remastered by Alan Douches at West Westside Music


  1. ^ a b Vincent Jeffries. "The Age of Quarrel - Cro-Mags | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. 2005. p. 104. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  3. ^ Burgess, Aaron (July 1996). "EARTH CRISIS - par Aaron Burgess - juillet 1996". No. 101. Alternative Press. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Oates, Brad (January 1998). "EARTH CRISIS - par Brad Oates de Heckler #5 - janvier 1998". Heckler. No. 5. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "The songs that saved my life". Kerrang!. United Kingdom: May 25, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Josh (October 2, 2015). "Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta's 5 crucial albums for getting into the hardcore scene" (video). Alternative Press. Event occurs at 1:30. Retrieved November 16, 2017.

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