The Age of Quarrel. Though it was now-absent guitarist Parris Mayhew’s metal-edged riffs that set the album apart, returned Age of Quarrel alumni John Joseph (vocals) and Mackie (drums) also were a huge part of its gritty glory. The former’s versatile, confrontational ranting and the latter’s deceptively groovy battering were intrinsic to the deliciously visceral joys of battle-scarred assaults like “Street Justice” and “World Peace.” Thirty years later, Cro-Mags still all but define hardcore’s most adventurous era. Also at Union, Friday, March 24.
For West Coasters nostalgic for the golden age of NYC hardcore, this is about as close as you’ll get. While Cro-Mags’ bewildering lineup changes and public bickering for years overshadowed their actual music, the current (apparently stable) incarnation features 40 percent of the quintessential crew that recorded their genre-igniting 1986 debut,