Concert Review: “New York United 2022” Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, Crown of Thornz. Syracuse, NY

“New York United 2022”

Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, Crown of Thornz
Friday, May 6th, 2022
The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY

Our Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Veteran NY hardcore bands Agnostic Front, Sick of It All and Crown of Thornz made a stop at the intimate Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY on May 6th as part of the co-headlining “New York United” tour. Originally slated for Spring 2021 but cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the tour brings together three of the biggest names in hardcore music.

Taking the stage first were Queens NY natives Crown of Thornz. The Danny Diablo (Skarhead) fronted group wasted no time letting the audience know that they were taking no prisoners as the band ripped through songs like “Head Check”, “Icepick”, “Mental Masquerade” and “Juggernaut”. Diablo and company worked the crowd to a steaming simmer often taking time to share the mic with fans (many of whom didn’t miss a beat filling in the correct lyrics) energizing the room further before bringing their set to a close. Sick of It All would be tasked next with keeping the nights energy going and they quickly got to it by launching into the tracks “Injustice System” and “Clobberin’ Time” both from the band’s debut 1989 release “Blood, Sweat and No Tears” before taking a brief pause which allowed vocalist Lou Koller to catch his breath and to address the Syracuse crowd. As the set stretched on through songs like “Good Lookin’ Out”, “World Full of Hate” and “Pushed Too Far” Bassist Craig Setari, guitarist Pete Koller and drummer Armand Majidi pummeled the audience song after song with impressive cohesiveness and a percussive attack which obliterated your senses.

Hardcore legends Agnostic Front would close out the evening in signature NYHC style kicking off their twenty plus song set with the title track from their 1984 debut “Victim in Pain”. Vocalist Roger Miret fresh off a bout with cancer in late 2021 commanded the audience’s attention over the course of the night pausing only briefly to share his thanks for the support during recent health troubles and to announce the start of tracks like “New Jack”, “For My Family” and “Crucified”. Guitarist and founding member Vinnie Stigma sneered, snarled, and smiled at the crowd as he made his way around the cramped stage pausing from time to time to address the crowd in his thick NY accent which garnered loud applause and cheers of “STIGMA, STIGMA”. The band closed out the evening with a spot-on rendition of the classic Ramones song “Blitzkrieg Bop”. The punk staple had those in the crowd expelling any energy they may have had left before being basked in the grow on the house lights which signaled the end of the evening.

Despite reschedules, cancelations and a very serious medical scare the power of hardcore persevered as fans are now able to see some of the biggest names in the genre back up where they belong. All three bands give their all to make sure no one goes away unhappy. With East Coast dates running through May and a West Coast leg of the tour kicking off in September do yourself a favor and grab a ticket to one of these shows and get in the pit!

Sick of It All Set List:
1.) Injustice System
2.) Clobberin’ Time
3.) Take the Night Off
4.) Rat Pack
5.) Us vs. Them
6.) Inner Vision
7.) Good Lookin’ Out
8.) World Full of Hate
9.) Pushed Too Far
10.) Friends Like You
11.) Sanctuary
12.) Uprising Nation
13.) My Life
14.) Road Less Traveled
15.) Machete
16.) Bull’s Anthem
17.) Busted
18.) Scratch the Surface
19.) Step Down

Agnostic Front Setlist:
1.) Victim in Pain
2.) Your Mistake
3.) Blind Justice
4.) Last Warning
5.) With Time
6.) The Eliminator
7.) New Jack
8.) Strength
9.) For My Family
10.) Friend or Foe
11.) Discriminate Me
12.) Crucified
13.) United Blood
14.) Fascist Attitudes
15.) Peace
16.) United & Strong
17.) Power
18.) Gotta Go
19.) Police State
20.) Hiding Inside
21.) Society Sucker
22.) Blitzkrieg Bop


Agnostic Front and Sick of It All Announce Rescheduled Dates for “New York United” Tour

All tickets go on sale Friday March 18th at 10am local time.

East Coast Dates will feature Special Guests Crown of Thornz, West Coast Special Guest TBA

Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All have just announced the rescheduled dates for its highly anticipated North American run which is being billed as the “New York United” tour.

Kicking off on May 5th in Cambridge, MA the tour wich is being presented by DIXXON brings together two of NYC’s biggest hardcore bands and will also feature special guests Crown of Thornz on all East Coast dates with special guests for the West Coast leg of the tour TBA.

Tickets will go on sale Friday March 18th at 10am local time.

East Coast w/ Crown of Thornz

5/5 Cambridge, MA The Middle East
5/6 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon
5/7 Detroit, MI The Shelter
5/8 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
5/9 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill Duck Room
5/11 Pittsburgh, PA Crafthouse
5/12 Philadelphia, PA Brooklyn Bowl
5/13 Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents
5/14 Brooklyn, NY Black N Blue Bowl
5/15 Baltimore, MD OttoBar
5/17 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s Pub
5/18 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
5/19 Jacksonville, FL Underbelly
5/21 Daytona, FL Welcome to Rockville*
5/22 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
*No Crown of Thornz

West Coast Special Guest/ TBA

9/7 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
9/8 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
9/9 Garden Grove, CA Garden Amp
9/10 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
9/11 Oakland, CA Starline
9/13 Portland, OR Dante’s
9/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
9/15 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
9/16 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
9/17 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
9/18 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
9/20 Dallas, TX Trees
9/21 Austin, TX The Parish
9/22 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
9/23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
9/24 New Orleans, LA Santos

Sick Puppies’ Shim Moore talks about band’s latest album “Connect”

Shim Moore is the guitarist/vocalist for the Australian rock group Sick Puppies. The group appeared in the 2009 documentary “Rock Prophecies” which followed the career of acclaimed music photographer Robert Knight. The film played heavily in to the bands continued success and they are set to headline this year’s Revolver Magazine “Hottest Chicks Tour” which also will feature Lacuna Coil, Eyes Set to Kill and Culver. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Shim about the bands appearance in the film, the group’s latest album “Connect” and what he’s most looking forward to about getting back on the road.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell us about the bands involvement with Revolver Magazines “Hottest Chicks” tour?
Shim Moore: Revolver has done a couple spreads on the band and they have always been real advocates for us. We also were fans of the magazine so when they came to us with the offer of doing a girl branded tour we were all in. I am looking forward to seeing all of the bands on this tour and it’s going to be a really great time.

AL: How have things changed for the band since being featured in “Rock Prophecies”?
SM: It’s sort of funny how that all worked. The film was made during the time that we were in the process of building our fan base. It was finally released until 2 years after that. By the time the film was released we were actually do better compared to how we looked in the film. People had started to hear of us when they saw the film so it has helped people find out about by more than just hearing one of our songs. Some people found out about us through the film or the heard that we were in the film and decided to watch it. We sort of helped each other in a way. It was great being able to do that because it documented that time in our lives. Without it we probably wouldn’t have anything from that time because it was so chaotic.

AL: Was it hard having the cameras around during such a chaotic time in the bands career?
SM: Not really. They would shoot a couple days at a time and then leave for a bit. It wasn’t very intensive. They would come out and shoot a gig and do some interviews then leave to film some of the other bands seen in the film.

AL: Can you tell us about the work that went in to the bands most recent release “Connect”?
SM: With this album we knew we wanted to make a more song oriented record. We really got in to the song writing element when we were first building things. Once we had a few songs that seemed to be a step up from our previous work is when we decided to really spend that extra time on the record. We went in with around 100 songs and worked on them for about a year. When it came time to start producing we didn’t do a lot of layering we just played until it sounded good and once it sounded great we would stop. We wanted to have more of a classic feel. The band is always going to sound like the band as we know what to do and with the latest record we wanted to add another level to that.

AL: The United States can sometimes be difficult for bands from other countries to break into. Did your band ever experience any difficulties being from Australia?
SM: I think it was actually the opposite for us. Australia is very nit-picky and has a very specific attitude towards what music they are going to embrace. There has to be this sort of cool factor even though it’s not based on what is really cool. It’s more about looking like you don’t give a fuck. If you look like your trying to be more than you are then everyone thinks you are trying too hard or faking it. America is the total opposite. They want to see what you’ve got. We moved over to the States to be the biggest band we could be. We wanted to play everywhere we could and evolve as a band. It’s a much more genuine give and take in the U.S. If you put something out and people like it they buy it. If you do a show people come and check it out. Some people don’t even realize were from Australia because of how we have chosen to do things.

AL: What other plans does the band have for this year?
SM: We are working on releasing the next single off the record. That’s going to be the title track “Connects”. From there were going to be out on the Revolver tour until March and then we head overseas for most April. We are in talks for more touring later this year and fans who want to see where we will be they can check out the bands website at

CD Review: Sick Of It All “Nonstop”

Sick Of It All
Century Media Records
Tracks: 20

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

As a fitting gesture to the Old School Hard Core scene legendary NY band Sick Of It All have compiled an album of re-recorded tracks titled “Nonstop”. The album features 20 tracks which have been re-recorded to commemorate the bands 25 year anniversary. The album was recorded at Tue Madsen’s Antfarm Studio and is being released via Century Media Records.

Fans of the 80’s/90’s hardcore scene will instantly be transported back to the hay day of basement shows and slam pits as Sick Of It All’s latest release “Nonstop” is a great reminder. Tracks such as “Sanctuary”, “Just Look Around” and “Pushed Too Far” conjured up some great memories from my teens. I was a little skeptical when I heard the album was only going to contain re-worked songs from the bands catalog. However I couldn’t have been more pleased with how the tracks sounded. The band still captured the original feel of the songs while adding an updated, polished sound which really in my opinion brought the tracks into a whole new light.

Sick Of It All’s “Nonstop” is a great tribute not only to the bands 25 year anniversary but to a scene that has long deserved recognition. Sick Of It All and a slew of other great bands from the Hard Core genre need to be recognized for their contributions and DIY attitude. “Nonstop” is a great starting point. Long time fans of the band will certainly enjoy the re-worked songs. For those new to Sick Of It All be prepared for 20 tracks of in your face NYC hardcore!

Track Listing:
1.) Clobberin’ Time
2.) Injustice System!
3.) Sanctuary
4.) Scratch The Surface
5.) Us Vs. Them.
6.) The Deal
7.) Just Look Around
8.) Ratpack
9.) World Full Of Hate
10.) Pushed Too far
11.) GI Joe Headstomp
12.) Never Measure Up
13.) Chip Away
14.) Busted
15.) Locomotive
16.) My Life
17.) Friends Like You
18.) Relentless
19.) No Labels
20.) Built To last


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