Hardcore+Crossover MARCH: CRO-MAGS

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The debate rages as to which band actually was the first to fuse together hardcore punk with thrash metal to bring forth the delicious chocolate-and-peanut-butter like pairing known as Crossover, a debate that may never have any satisfying conclusion. But what is never an issue is what bands have been highly influential in the genres. And New York band Cro-Mags rank as one of them, with their first two albums considered the most influential in their five studio album discography.

“We Gotta Know”

“Death Camps”

“See The Signs”

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Hardcore+Crossover MARCH: METHOD OF DESTRUCTION (M. O. D.)

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Method Of Destruction–or M. O. D. for short–is what happened when S. O. D. vocalist Billy Milano kept going after S. O. D. What resulted is a continuation of the heavy crossover hardcore and thrash along with the rapier social satire we’ve come to know and love.

“Aren’t You Hungry?”

“No Hope”

“Objection/Dead End”

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Hardcore+Crossover MARCH: Stormtroopers Of Death

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Kind of an extension of the Anthrax family, Stormtroopers Of Death–or S. O. D. for short–was essentially Anthrax members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, along with former Anthrax member Dan Lilker on bass and Anthrax roadie Billy Milano handling the vocals. Their first album, Speak English Or Die, fused New York style Hardcore Punk with the burgeoning Thrash Metal that was emerging to bring us all an auditory assault on the senses that is guaranteed to give you a slipped disc, and piss a lot of people off with the lyrics that were deliberately written “never intended to be serious, just to piss people off.” A must-have in every metal head’s collection.

“March Of The S.O.D.”

“Bigger Than The Devil”

“Stand Up And Fight”

Hardcore / Crossover MARCH: D. R. I.

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Coming into existence in 1982 and inadvertently given their band name Dirty Rotten Imbeciles by the father of the vocalist and drummer brothers, D.R.I. pretty much coined the label “crossover” with the release of the album called as such in 1987. They never could get beyond just the underground to get the success that was afforded to other contemporaries of the genre, despite inspiring others in the hardcore punk and crossover thrash areas. Pity, really.

“Snap”

“Tear It Down”

“Thrashard”

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Hardcore / Crossover MARCH: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

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Suicidal Tendencies started off as a hardcore punk band from SoCal, with their self-titled 1983 album a classic of that genre. With their second release, Join The Army, they began to show the thrash crossover side they were going to blossom to, and by the time the classic How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today was released, they were a full-blown crossover thrash unit, complete with whiplash-inducing thrash guitars fortified by a hardcore attack, with enough angst and anger to fuel generations of disaffected youth in one fell shot.

“Institutionalized”

“Suicidal Maniac”

“Trip To The Brain”

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Hard Rock + Proto-Metal FEBRUARY: GRAND FUNK RAILROAD

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grand funk railroadGrand Funk, nee Railroad’s biggest claim to fame–We’re An American Band–includes a shout-out to my part of the proverbial woods: Omaha. Come to think of it, Omaha is mentioned more often than you would think in a lot of rock songs past and present. Pops up in the oddest of places. Anyway, Grand Funk Railroad needs to be in just about every hard rock fan’s collection, simply from the blue collar guitar-driven rock that is about as Americana as you can get without slipping into cheesy “roots rock”. Probably one of the few bands that started as kind of a “hippie rock” group that I can get into, really.

“Got This Thing On The Move”

“Footstompin’ Music”

“We’re An American Band”

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Hard Rock + Proto-Metal FEBRUARY: BOSTON

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boston logoThe first time I heard Boston was, unfortunately, by way of Top 40 rock radio back when they released their third album, Third Stage, and their lead song “Amanda” was played every fifteen minutes or so it seemed. It was played at ever 7th Grade dance I went to that year, and I was so very not impressed with them because of that bit of power ballad schlock. Which almost made me miss out on hearing the proper hard rocking that these guys were better known for in the 1970s, when I heard “More Than A Feeling” on a 70s Rock compilation tape I got from a truck stop in the summer of 1990. The first two albums are hard rock classics, and unlike anything then or since.

“More Than A Feeling”

“Smokin'”

“Don’t Look Back”

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