Cro-Mags "Alpha – Omega" CDPosted on Friday, December 22nd, 2006 @ 8:34 am » permalink
In my opinion the Cro-Mags are one of the greatest bands ever to have set foot on this ridiculous planet, and I stand firmly by every single record they've released (okay, admittedly a little less firmly for "Near Death Experience" than the rest). "Alpha – Omega" marks the second completely underrated post-heyday Cro-Mags album that I've ranted and raved about on this site, and is perhaps their most "controversial" effort in terms of all the rumors and drama surrounding its creation. But throughout all of the lineup changes, the accusations of who wrote what, arguments over who sang what, and all that other shit, all I can say is: I don't give a fuck. Sure, if some of that mess is actually true then people were slighted along the way, and that sucks, but shit happens… and at the end of the day this album fuckin' rips, so as a fan that's all I really care about.
Call it metal. Call it metallic hardcore. Again: I don't care. The songs are just amazing, man! Yeah, it's basically a total metal record complete with ripping solos and thrashy picking patterns with wicked riffs galore and nary a hardcore break in sight, but those hardcore breaks are there, as are such influences lyrically and in terms of the overall attitude. And laugh all you want at the fact that a couple of the tracks have some record scratching and loosely hip-hop-inspired vocal arrangements (namely "Eyes of Tomorrow"). First off, it was fuckin' 1992, not 2002; and beyond that, the shit doesn't even sound particularly cheesy anyway! And the breakdown about 1:28 into "Eyes of Tomorrow" is without question one of the greatest breaks in the history of all living things! You just can't fuck with that, I don't care what anyone says. Every song on this record kicks ass, and I still flip out over this shit just as much today as I did when I was a 15-year-old kid.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say this album is on par with the historical significance of the band's golden age. "Age of Quarrel" is an indisputable classic and one of the most important hardcore records of all time. But when a band reaches such classic status with an album like that, the rest of their catalog – especially records that come years after the fact with lineup changes and loads of drama in tow – is all too easily disregarded or overlooked, and especially by hardcore "purists" who shun most forms of "progression" or deviation from that central foundation. So all I'm saying is, I know there are a lot of motherfuckers out there who've refused to listen to this record over the years, as well as numerous youngsters who probably don't even know or care of its existence, and that ain't the way to go out, people. Give these jams a shot. I totally love this record and listen to it all the time to this day. By far one of the most criminally lambasted albums of all time. I just don't understand how people can be so insane…
Buy it. Just fucking buy it. You know it rules, you know you love it, and you know it deserves a home in your collection. Correct the problem and pick one up: