Formed by guitarist Vinnie Stigma (ELIMINATORS) in December 1980, with Diego on bass and Rob Krekus on drums. AGNOSTIC FRONT went through several singers before settling with Roger Miret (former bass player of THE PSYCHOS). They soon added Ray Barbieri, aka Raybeez (WARZONE) on drums and Adam Mucci on bass. Their debut EP, ‘United Blood’, released in 1983 on an indie label, has since become a collector’s item.
The follow-up, ‘Victim In Pain’ (1984), is regarded as a seminal New York hardcore release. Dave Jones replaced Raybeez on drums, and Rob Kabula took over on bass. In 1984, Jimmy Colletti from JUSTIFIED VIOLENCE joined on drums when the band went to tour with THE EXPLOITED later that year. The album pushed the band to the forefront of New York’s hardcore scene, which was centered around CBGB, 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, it added thrash metal influences. It also featured some lyrics written by Peter Steele and drumming by Louie Beateaux (both of CARNIVORE). With yet another new line-up, the band soon released ‘Liberty and Justice for…’ in 1987. The album featured stripped down punk with a lack of thrash influences, yet it contained many metal-style guitar solos.
Sometime later, Miret was arrested on drug charges after releasing a live album, and spent his time in prison writing new songs while Stigma and the band toured Europe for the first time. The lyrics written by Miret while incarcerated formed most of 1992’s ‘One Voice’, which featured members of MADBALL and SICK OF IT ALL. Not long after its release, the band decided to call it quits. Their last show was at CBGB on December 20, 1992.
Stigma and Miret reformed AGNOSTIC FRONT in May 1996 and did a few reunion shows in December 1996, signing to Epitaph Records and recruiting Jimmy Colletti on drums and Rob Kabula on bass. Their latest venture was titled ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, which was praised by fans as a return to the bands roots. In 1999, they followed up with ‘Riot, Riot, Upstart’.
In 2001, they released the album Dead Yuppies. Songs from this album were rarely played live, as the band considered it more a product of LOVED AND HATED, Jimmy Colletti’s side-project band. AGNOSTIC FRONT came out in 2004 with Another Voice. The album was regarded mainly as a follow-up to ‘One Voice’. On March 7, 2006, AGNOSTIC FRONT released their long-awaited DVD ‘Live at CBGB’. This follows the efforts of many bands that tried to save CBGB from shutting down.
On November 6, 2007, AGNOSTIC FRONT released the album ‘Warriors’ followed by ‘My Life, My Way’ in 2011. In 2015, the band released the album ‘The American Dream Died’ via Nuclear Blast Records which consisted mostly of the bands older style of music with a modern touch. The band continued to tour extensively in Europe as well as the U.S. in support of the record.
In 2017, Stigma and Miret appeared in a documentary about AGNOSTIC FRONT, ‘The Godfathers Of Hardcore’, followed by extensive touring the following two years, celebrating 35 years of ‘Victim In Pain’. Their latest album, ‘Get Loud!’, will be released on November 8th 2019 on Nuclear Blast Records.
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