by BBG

Agnostic Front at the last CBGB Matinee (more here)
Ag Front

Agnostic Front's seminal debut, Victim in Pain, arguably remains the ultimate document of the New York hardcore scene - an early-'80s movement which coincided with some of the most dire social and political crises ever to afflict the metropolis. By taking the rudiments of punk, then injecting enough energy and rage to elevate them to an entirely new level of primal aggression, Agnostic Front's piece de resistance ultimately succeeds because it transcends musical art form to create protest rock not necessarily at its most lucid, but definitely at its most visceral. With 11 tracks clocking in at a mere 15 and a half minutes, ..."Blind Justice," "United and Strong," "Power," "Society Sucker," and "Your Mistake" were literal calls to arms for New York City's disenfranchised youth, who faithfully trekked down on a weekly basis to CBGB's legendary Sunday hardcore matinees. Listen closely to these cuts and you can almost hear the hallowed Bowery venue's dilapidated walls sweat, blister, and peel from the onslaught... -[Allmusic]

I will wholeheartedly admit to a soft spot for Agnostic Front, and it's pretty exciting that the 25th anniversary of Victim In Pain will be the basis for a show at the Bell House on Friday, February 26th, 2010 featuring all guilty parties from that album performing at the show.

Agnostic Front will have their original 1984 lineup in tow - Roger Miret, Vinny Stigma, Rob Kabula, and Dave Jones. "We haven't played together since '84, this is the CLASSIC lineup together again doing vintage AF songs and some classics. We couldn't be more excited to do this!" said vocalist Roger Miret.

Tickets go on sale on today (Wednesday, 12/16) at noon are on sale.

The band has also lined up a US tour in January, as well as European dates in April that lead up to their appearance at Hellfest 2010 with the reunited Godflesh.

Victim in Pain was recently reissued (on CD and vinyl) by Bridge Nine, as was the United Blood EP.

In other old school hardcore news, the Cro-Mags show at Santos on 12/29 has added Death Threat and Last Call Brawl as support, with another act TBD. Tickets are still available.

All current Agnostic Front dates and a few videos are below...

Agnostic Front as a three piece (!) live in 1986, Victim in Pain era

Agnostic Front interviewed in 1986

Agnostic Front - The Last Matinee @ CBGB

Agnostic Front - "For My Family"

Agnostic Front - "Addiction"

AGNOSTIC FRONT - 2010 TOUR DATES
January 15 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California
January 16 2010 The Distillery Sacramento, California
January 17 2010 Voodoo Lounge San Jose, California
January 18 2010 The Crossing Palmdale, California
January 19 2010 Cheyenne Saloon Las Vegas, Nevada
January 20 2010 Yucca Tap Room Tempe, Arizona
January 21 2010 Launchpad ALBUQERUQE, New Mexico
January 22 2010 Trees Dallas, Texas
January 23 2010 Red Seven Austin, Texas
January 24 2010 Walters Houston, Texas
January 25 2010 The Ballroom Corpus Christi, Texas
January 26 2010 Rock Bottom San Antonio, Texas
January 27 2010 Take Two El Paso, Texas
January 28 2010 vaudeville Cabaret Tucson, Arizona
January 29 2010 Brick By Brick San Diego, California
January 30 2010 Galaxy Concert Theatre Santa Ana, California
February 26 2010 The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
March 26 2010 Forum London
March 29 2010 Alibi Wroclaw
March 30 2010 Randal Club Bratislava
March 31 2010 Colloseum Club Kosice
April 2 2010 Estrada Bar Bydgoszcz
April 4 2010 TBA Moskau
April 5 2010 TBA St Petersburg
April 9 2010 Zoe Club Milano
April 11 2010 Estraperlo Club Badalona
April 12 2010 TBA Madrid
April 13 2010 Music Box Lissabon
April 14 2010 Hiru Arrasate
April 24 2010 SO36 Berlin
June 19 2010 Hellfest Clisson