The Godfathers of New York Hardcore returning with their tenth full-length studio album, following their previous release called “Warriors” from 2007.
The band was formed by guitarist Vinnie Stigma – formerly of the Eliminators -Â in late 1980. Their debut EP, “United Blood”, released in 1983 on an indie label, has since become a collector’s item. At this time, the band consisted entirely of skinheads, although this would change over time, Agnostic Front would continue to feature skinheads as part of their line-up.
The first album, “Victim in Pain”, was realeased in 1984 and the band went to tour with The Exploited. The album pushed the band to the forefront of New York’s fledgling hardcore scene, which was centered around CBGB’s, where they played with bands like The Cro-Mags and Murphy’s Law.
1986’s “Cause for Alarm” was released on Combat Records, it added thrash metal influences. With other bands such as Suicidal Tendencies and Stormtroopers of Death, this album would mark AF’s foray into the world of crossover thrash. It also featured some lyrics written by Peter Steele and drumming by Louie Beateaux, both of Carnivore, Peter Steel later formed Type O’ Negative.
The band split up in 1992, but Stigma and Miret reformed Agnostic Front in May 1996.
“My Life My Way”contains 13 new tracks and it is balanced between their crossover thrash approach and the “classic” hardcore punk/oi! sound. Agnostic Front influenced more than one generation of hardcore fans and musicians, they are definitively an icon of this genre and still kicking hard after all these years, respect!