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Agnostic Front

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New York, United States (1982 – present)

Agnostic Front is a New York (NYHC) and band. Formed by Vinnie Stigma and Roger Miret in 1982, they soon added Ray Barbieri and Adam Moochie to form the original line-up. Their debut, United Blood EP, was released in 1983 on an independent label. It is widely regarded as pure and lyrically charged and has since become a collector’s item.

The follow-up was Victim In Pain (1984) and is regarded as a seminal New York hardcore release. Dave Jones replaced Ray Barbieri on drums. The album pushed the band to the forefront of New York’s fledgling scene, which was centered around CBGB’s, where they played with bands like Cro-Mags and Murphy’s Law.

1986’s Cause for Alarm was a difficult album to record, due to constant line-up changes and personnel problems. Released on Combat Records, Cause for Alarm added influences, creating a new genre known as ‘crossover thrash’. Many of Agnostic Front’s supporters considered the album a travesty and a sell-out, but it was hailed in other corners, and vastly expanded their audience.

With yet another new lineup, the band soon released Liberty & Justice in 1987. The original NYHC scene had collapsed by this time, and the album featured stripped down with a lack of thrash influences, yet it contained many -style guitar solos.

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