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Empire
10/12/2010

Demonstrating My Style/Look My Way
2/12/2008

Infiltrate The System
8/21/2007
 
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Madball Post Episode 4 Of Video Series On Facebook
September 16, 2010
New York City hardcore legends, Madball have posted a fourth installment of the 'Summer 2010 Tour Video Series', exclusively on their Facebook page. Be on the lookout for a new episode airing each and every Thursday. This episode highlights the boys trekking through Europe, unintentionally crossing paths with fellow legends Agnostic Front, and generating one hell of a show because of it.

Madball recently posted a new track, 'R.A.H.C.', on their MySpace. The track is cut from Madball's upcoming Good Fight Music release, 'Empire', which hits stores on October 12th, 2010. Keep your eyes out for more premieres of brand new tracks coming soon. Madball are also offering a pre-order for the new album, as well as a separate pre-order for a limited edition 7" supporting 'Empire' (only 2,000 copies being made). The exclusive 7" is being released by Reaper Records, and will be available for purchase on September 28th, 2010.

Madball are currently making their way across Canada with Comeback Kid. See below for all remaining dates:

Madball Tour Dates:
9/17 - Timmins, ON @ Club 147
9/18 - Sudbury, ON @ Alder Hall
9/20 - Guelph, ON @ Vinyl
9/21 - St. Catharines, ON @ Level 3
9/22 - London, ON @ Music Hall
9/23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/24 - Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
9/25 - Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
9/26 - Jonquiere, QC @ Le Bunker
9/27 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert

For more information on Madball, please visit these locations:
http://www.myspace.com/madball
http://goodfightmusic.com/artists/madball.php
http://www.facebook.com/madballNYC
 
 
 
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Madball Post Episode 3 Of Video Series On Facebook
September 10, 2010
New York City hardcore legends Madball have posted a third installment of the 'Summer 2010 Tour Video Series', exclusively on their Facebook page. Be on the lookout for a new episode airing each and every Thursday. Check it out here, and make sure to become a fan and "like" Madball while you're there.

Madball recently posted a new track, 'R.A.H.C.', on their MySpace. The track is cut from Madball's upcoming Good Fight Music release, 'Empire', which hits stores on October 12th, 2010. Madball are also offering a pre-order for the new album, as well as a separate pre-order for a limited edition 7" supporting 'Empire' (only 2,000 copies being made). The exclusive 7" is being released by Reaper Records, and will be available for purchase on September 28th, 2010.

Make your way over to www.ModernDrummer.com and watch new drummer Jay Weinberg's in-studio blog update. The video showcases Weinberg's coveted skills, as well as some information behind the recording process. Also, check out the accompanying tour update by Weinberg at the site.

Madball have recently announced a brand new slew of tour dates with Comeback Kid that will have them charging through Canada in September. See below for all current dates:

Madball Tour Dates:
9/09 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
9/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
9/11 - Kelowna, BC @ Habitat
9/12 - Calgary, AB @ Republik
9/13 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
9/14 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
9/15 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
9/17 - Timmins, ON @ Club 147
9/18 - Sudbury, ON @ Alder Hall
9/20 - Guelph, ON @ Vinyl
9/21 - St. Catharines, ON @ Level 3
9/22 - London, ON @ Music Hall
9/23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/24 - Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
9/25 - Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
9/26 - Jonquiere, QC @ Le Bunker
9/27 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert

For more information on Madball, please visit these locations:
http://www.myspace.com/madball
http://goodfightmusic.com/artists/madball.php
http://www.facebook.com/madballNYC
 
 
 
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Madball Set To Hit The Studio With Erik Rutan
July 2, 2010
New York City hardcore legends Madball are set to release their Good Fight Music debut this fall, appropriately entitled 'Empire'. The record is tentatively set for release in late September or early October of 2010. "Empire will play off of the name," points vocalist Freddy Cricien. "Madball has come a long way from being street kids to becoming very established in our genre, and even beyond the music. We're finally at a point in our life where we're taking control of our things, where as before we didn't have control of some things or didn't choose to have control. We have the feeling that we've built a little empire for ourselves with our band, brand, and different endeavors."

We get this reference that we're kings of New York..." adds Cricien. "There are plenty of awesome bands that have come out of the city. Agnostic Front are the godfathers of New York hardcore, Sick Of it All are one of the undisputed champs of the scene... we were always known as more of the bad guys, but now people are calling us the kings. It's not a title we gave ourselves and it's not that we call ourselves that, but it's just a term of endearment and respect that people use and it plays into the name Empire.

Madball are currently finishing the writing process, and will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida to record in July. Behind the boards on 'Empire' will be seasoned producer Erik Rutan (Misery Index, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore). "I think [having Erik] is a good dynamic," states vocalist Freddy Cricien. "We did the last couple records with a different producer, he was busy, so we were looking for an alternative and his name was suggested. I got to talking to him and I found out he has a hardcore background, and he's a big fan of ours. I was really sold at that point because although he does a lot of death metal, he's really eager to approach this in a certain way.

Freddy is also looking forward to utilizing Erik's rich history in production with metal artists, and his fresh outlook on producing 'Empire'. "He's going to use bigger production, and I like that, but he's not going to approach it like a Cannibal Corpse record because the vibe is different, and sometimes that dynamic works. He's a guy that's used to working with different things but he knows how we want our stuff approached. Erik wants to make a statement with doing a Madball record because he's so into the death metal background. I'm really psyched about it, really excited. If he was totally oblivious to who we were and what hardcore music was, I'd be skeptical. But that's not the case at all. He's more diverse than his resume shows, at least from speaking with him personally. He's a solid engineer and he has the ear."

The members of Madball are icons in the underground and that underground now spills forth into the streets. Since forming in 1988, Madball has been responsible for some of the most important releases in the genre, from the seminal 'Ball of Destruction' EP (1989) to the landmark albums 'Set It Off' (1994), 'Demonstrating My Style' (1996), 'Look My Way' (1998 ), 'Hold it Down' (2000), 'Legacy' (2005), and their latest release, 'Infiltrate the System' (2007).

Fans of Madball should expect the sound that they have always loved, but some evolution as well. "There's a certain sound that we're known for, and as much as we want to evolve with the times, we also have to keep in mind that there's a certain standard and integrity with Madball, and we have to preserve that," mentions Cricien. "Real deal hardcore kids totally appreciate that. That said, the foundation always has to be a certain sound, but we always bring new elements into our sound. There has to be some evolution. It might appeal to people outside of the hardcore realm, but in the end, it's going to be a Madball record."

For more information on Madball, please visit these locations:
http://www.myspace.com/madball
http://goodfightmusic.com/artists/madball.php
 
 
 
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La Coka Nostra's Slaine Featured In Freddy Madball Video
May 30, 2010
La Coka Nostra's Slaine has joined forces with New York hardcore legend Freddy Madball in the video for the song "Gunshots", which can be viewed below. The track appears on Freddy Madball's hip-hop solo album, 'Catholic Guilt', which was released through Familia Entertainment.

"I'm excited to be working alongside my homie Slaine and my man Jaysaun. I think these guys are some of the best MC's in the game, and they happen to be family," commented Freddy Madball. "As I embark on this hip-hop journey, I intend to make a statement, and who better to do that with then these guys and with this song. The video speaks for itself. Respect."

"Aside from being the frontman to one of the greatest hardcore bands ever, Freddy Madball has been a friend for damn near 15 years now. He always had wisdom and encouragement for me when I first started doing my thing as an MC in the late nineties," commented Slaine. "When he was working on this hip-hop project he reached out to me, and Jaysaun to do a joint, and we made a banger. I'm sure this won't be the last time you see us collaborating. For the video, we shot it in Brockton, Boston and New York, and visited the gravesite of our fallen brother 'Boston' Mike Foster."

Slaine has been grinding his way throughout the underground hip-hop scene since 2001 when he cut a demo in a studio operated by the Lordz of Brooklyn. Since then, Slaine has been traveling the world performing for his growing fan base, and working with hip-hop icons such as DJ Premier, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, and The Alchemist. Slaine is currently touring in support of, 'A Brand You Can Trust', the debut album from hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra.
 
 
 
 
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Freddy Madball Posts Video For 'Y Que' Online
January 21, 2010
Freddy Madball has posted official video for the song "Y Que" online, which you can check out below.

The song appears on his solo debut 'Catholic Guilt', which is out now and features appearances from Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), Slaine (La Coka Nostra), Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Jaysaun (Special Teamz), Reef The Lost Cauze and Rancid.

More music and details are available at www.myspace.com/freddymadball.
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1988
HOME TOWN: New York, NY
MEMBERS:
Freddy Cricien - Vocals
Mitts - Guitars
Hoya Roc - Bass
Ben Dussault - Drums

When it comes to the claims of who the �legends� of the hardcore scene really are, some prime factors need to be taken into consideration�namely: influence, longevity and reputation.Madball - a pummeling staple of New York Hardcore since the band�s inception in 1988 � is one of the few groups that can lay claim to achieving high marks in regards to all of the above, while also maintaining an undying spirit that, to many, represents the heart of what hardcore is all about. Originally coming to fruition as an Agnostic Front side-project, featuring a junior-high aged Freddy Cricien � younger brother of legendary Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret - on vocals, Madball quickly established a reputation as being one of the hardest-working and most visceral hardcore bands in the scene, which still holds true to this day. In fact, Madball has shared the stage with nearly every reputable hardcore and metal band of the past decade, and even after years of existence the band can still outperform most of its contemporaries. The group�s influence has affected many of the modern giants of the scene--Hatebreed and Terror, among countless others, being notable examples.Many, however, have to wonder if, in retrospect, Cricien thought Madball would have such a lasting impact when he helped form the band at the young age of 12. According to the now 29-year-old vocalist, the maturation process for Madball has been like a roller-coaster ride.�It started as a hobby and it�s turned into something really amazing that we never thought would happen,� Cricien says. �We originally started by doing a bunch of throwaway Agnostic Front songs, but since then we�ve carved our own sound; our own niche. I�m proud of what we have accomplished.� Often imitated but never duplicated, Madball has managed to perfect its patented chugging, grooving New York Hardcore sound, while always maintaining the same street-life inspired attitude that originally ignited the band�s ever-smoldering flame. The final results - which have taken the outfit to nearly every corner of the world - have allowed the group to experience things that many from the same rough New York neighborhoods would never have thought possible. In celebration of the group�s 15 plus years of influential existence, Madball recently inked a deal with Ferret Records and with it comes the band�s most ambitious release to date, the aptly titled Legacy. Produced by renowned heavy-music specialist Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Throwdown), Legacy is a continuation of all of the standards that any fan could expect from the group: bruising rhythms and riffs, commanding vocals and an overall confidence that most hardcore troupes couldn�t touch with a ten-foot pole.�It�s like our last record, Hold it Down, times ten!� longtime bassist Hoya beams. �We�re definitely stepping up our sound, but we�re still a hardcore band. It�s not like we�re a jazz-fusion group or anything. We do what we want to do--the sound is up to date, but we never base what we do on any kind of trend. I think we�re a band that can hang with anybody. We�re representing New York hardcore and heavy music all around.�While Legacy is reminiscent of the best of Madball�s past material, the sound of the new record also finds the group expanding its horizons a bit.As Cricien sees it, �We stick and move. People should expect certain things from us, but we always try and keep it fresh. Musically, it�s the same formula, but just a new and improved version; lyrically, we�re touching on some new subjects but we�re still giving people the real-life themes that they would expect to hear; production wise it�s our heaviest album ever!�One of the stand-out points of Legacy is its simple yet effective title, which touches upon a profound theme throughout the history of the band in more ways than one.�Legacy means a lot of things to us,� the enigmatic Cricien states. �A lot of the bands we grew up listening to passed on their legacy through hardcore. We feel like we�re doing the same thing�we�re carrying on the legacy of hardcore, but we�re also passing it down to the younger kids. This is definitely something that has played a big role in our lives.�Hoya echoes his longtime friend�s remarks: �Music has kept us alive all these years; it�s kept us off the streets and out of jail. It�s something that was handed down from generation to generation and we feel like we�re helping bridge that gap to the next generation like a lot of the old school bands did for us.�Though Madball has had its share of changes and worked with a variety of both major and indie labels (Roadrunner, Epitaph), Cricien and Hoya, as well more recent members like drummer Rigg Ross and guitarist Mitts, have maintained the soul of the band while weathering the group through each and every challenge, including a two-year hiatus from 2001 to 2003. From the crew�s 1989 debut E.P. (Ball of Destruction) to its classic Roadrunner LPs (Set it Off, Demonstrating My Style) and current Ferret Records magnum opus (Legacy) Madball has remained one of the most respected bands in hardcore.And, in fact, one of the prime factors in the rise of Madball�s popularity in both the hardcore and metal scenes is due to its take no prisoners mentality when it comes to the live performance. Backed with a full-force live show that has wowed the eyes of fans and musicians alike for years, Madball will play anywhere anytime and has consistently toured North America, South America, Europe, Japan and Australia, while playing shows with the likes of Sepultura, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Sick of it All and Hatebreed.These trips, trials and tribulations have been taken in stride and, in fact, are mainly what fuels the fire of this potent, mosh-inducing outfit. �We do it because we�re passionate about what we do and there still seems like there is always a light at the end of the tunnel,� Cricien says. �There are always new opportunities and new ways to take the band to another level. That really keeps us going.�After a band has existed for a certain amount of time, some might wonder whether or not that original �magic� has dissipated. Madball, however, continues to look forward to new challenges and sees new experiences as being just as vital as anything gleaned from the past. �I want to continue to take the band to the next level,� Cricien says with excitement in his deep voice. �I want to knock down the borders but still represent the core of what Madball has always been. We feel even more strongly about Madball than we ever have.�