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Below is our complete Madball news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Madball Posts New Music Video

After recently dropping the "Born Strong" video, NYHC legends Madball today premiere the official video for "Doc Marten Stomp."

The song comes off the band's latest album, "Hardcore Lives," which hit the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria earlier this year. Check out the video below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine.

"Hardcore Lives" was tracked & engineered by Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. The album also includes guest appearances by Scott Vogel (Terror, Toby Morse (H20) and Candace Puopolo (formerly Kucsulain, Walls Of Jericho). The track listing is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Hardcore Lives
03. The Balance
04. Doc Marten Stomp
05. DNA
06. True School feat. Scott Vogel
07. The Here And Now
08. Nothing To Me
09. My Armor feat. Toby Morse
10. Beacon Of Light
11. Born Strong feat. Candace Puopolo
12. Spirit
13. Mi Palabra
14. NBNC
15. For The Judged
BONUS TRACKS:
16. The Beast
17. Spit On Your Grave 2014 More...

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Madball Posts "Born Strong" Music Video

New York hardcore act Madball released a new music video for the track "Born Strong." It features the guest appearance by Walls Of Jericho's Candice Puopolo. The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Hardcore Lives," which drops on June 27th (EU) and June 30th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Intro
2. Hardcore Lives
3. The Balance
4. Doc Marten Stomp
5. DNA
6. True School (feat. Scott Vogel of Terror)
7. The Here And Now
8. Nothing To Me
9. My Armor (feat. Toby Morse of H20)
10. Beacon Of Light
11. Born Strong (feat. Candace Puopolo of Walls of Jericho)
12. Spirit
13. Mi Palabra
14. NBNC
15. For The Judged
16. The Beast (Bonus Track)
17. Spit On Your Grave 2014 (Bonus Track)

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Madball Talks Guest Appearances On New Album

The New York hardcore band Madball has posted a new video trailer in which the band talks about the guest appearances on upcoming album, "Hardcore Lives." Check it out below, and you can also hear a previously posted teaser for the new album over here.

"Hardcore Lives" is set to be released on June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and was tracked & engineered by Unearth guitarist Ken Susi. Mixing and mastering was handled by long time collaborator Zeuss.

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Madball Posts Trailer For New Album

NYHC outfit Madball has posted a new video trailer in which the band talks upcoming album, "Hardcore Lives."

The "Hardcore Lives" album is set to be released on June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and was tracked & engineered by Unearthed guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. Frontman Freddy Cricien explains the album title as follows:

"I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, 'Ball Of Destruction' - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at Don Fury's... NYHC style! I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title.

"Sure, it's about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. - I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, 'Hardcore Lives' at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart." More...

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Madball Posts New Album In-Studio Video

After releasing a lyric video for the "DNA" track, NYHC outfit Madball has posted an in-studio video for the upcoming album "Hardcore Lives."

"Hardcore Lives" is set to be released on June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and was tracked & engineered by Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. Iconic frontman, Freddy Cricien, explains the album title as follows:

"I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, 'Ball Of Destruction' - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at Don Fury's... NYHC style! I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title.

"Sure, it's about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. - I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, »Hardcore Lives« at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart." More...

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Madball Releases New Lyric Video

NYHC outfit Madball has released a brand new song off the band's upcoming album, "Hardcore Lives." Check out the official lyric video for "DNA" below.

"Hardcore Lives" is set to be released on June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and was tracked & engineered by Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss.

Iconic frontman, Freddy Cricien, explains the album title as follows: "I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, 'Ball Of Destruction' - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at Don Fury's... NYHC style! I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title.

"Sure, it's about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. - I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, »Hardcore Lives« at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart." More...

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Madball Announces "Hardcore Lives" Album

The New York hardcore veterans in Madball have set "Hardcore Lives" as the title of the band's upcoming ninth studio album.

"Hardcore Lives" was tracked & engineered by famed Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. The album is set to be unleashed June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and the official promo photos were taken by Lamb Of God's very own Randall D. Blythe.

Commented frontman, Freddy Cricien: "I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, 'Ball Of Destruction' - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at Don Fury's... NYHC style!

"I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title. Sure, it's about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. - I've always felt that "we as a scene" had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, 'Hardcore Lives' at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever.

"It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart."

THe "Hardcore Lives«" album will be available as a limited edition digipak and on black vinyl, both including two additional bonus tracks: "The Beast," which also appeared on the 2012 EP "Rebellion," and "Spit On Your Grave" from 1994's landmark release "Set It Off" - both tracks have been exclusively re-recorded for the inclusion on "Hardcore Lives." More...

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Madball Recording New Album

The New York hardcore legends in Madball have entered the studio to begin work on their 8th full-length release, and the first since 2010's "Empire."

The band is recording basic tracks with Unearth's guitarist Ken Susi at System Recordings in Grafton, Massachusetts. Additional recordings will take place at Pinecrust Studios, in Miami, Florida with Jonathan Nuñez at the helm.

The band will hand over mixing duties to producer/mixer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who worked with the band on "Legacy" (2005) and "Infiltrate The System" (2007).

The still-untitled album will feature some special guest appearances to be announced later and is slated for a mid summer release.

Commented the band: "We are currently in the studio... about to wrap up our new record next week...we are feeling very excited and enthusiastic about the material and hope those that eventually hear it will feel the same! It has all the elements you'd want to hear from us of course. But, it also has some 'newer' elements that actually have more of a 'throw-back' vibe, if that makes sense. Influences from music we grew up with i.e. It'll always have the MB stamp on it though. You all will have to be the ultimate judges...prepare yourselves! Hardcore lives..." More...

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Madball In The Studio

Madball is currently in the studio working on an upcoming new album, and now the band has issued the following brief update:

"Day 3 in the studio and drums are finished. Mike (and Madball) would like to take time out to thank Meinl cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth sticks for all the support."

This release will follow 2010's "Empire" and the 2012 EP "Rebellion." Photos from the studio can also be seen at the Madball Facebook profile.

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Shai Hulud To Tour With Madball

Shai Hulud will return to the road this Fall for dates throughout the East Coast. Fans can catch Hulud throughout October on select dates with Madball, The Overseer, Octaves, and Face All Fears. The full list of dates and the lineup for each show can be found below.

"Reach Beyond the Sun," the fourth entry in Shai Hulud's storied catalog, was released in February of 2013.

Tour w/ Octaves
10/18 Amityville, NY Revolution Music Hall w/ Madball
10/19 Allentown, PA Catch 22
10/20 Newark, DE Mojo Main w/ Madball

Tour w/ The Overseer, Octaves
10/21 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
10/22 Columbus, SC New Brookland
10/23 Tampa, FL Epic Problem
10/24 Pembroke Pines, FL Talent Farm
10/25 Jacksonville, FL Atticus Bar
End Tour

10/26 Douglasville, GA The 7 Venue w/ Unearth

Tour w/ Face All Fears
10/27 Nashville, TN Café Coco
10/28 Evansville, IN The Hatch
10/29 Columbus, OH Kobo Live More...

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Nachtmystium Drops Off Summer Breeze Lineup

This year's edition of the German Summer Breeze festival will take place from August 15th - 17th, 2013. The organizers of the festival have now issued the following announcement about two bands dropping off the bill and being replaced by other groups:

"Unfortunately we have to inform you that Emmure and Nachtmystium have cancelled their appearance at Summer Breeze 2013. Our apologies to all those who were looking forward to seeing them. We will not rest until we can book the bands again for Summer Breeze in the years to come. The good news: We have already managed to find a replacement.

"Family reunion at Summer Breeze: Freddy Cricien, half brother of Agnostic Front singer and hardcore legend Roger Miret, will appear in Dinkelsbühl with his brutal troop Madball. The New York hardcore stalwarts are bringing loads of stage action and the heaviest of hardcore, so all you divers and moshpit enthusiasts out there better get ready! In top form – only recently they headlined the successful Rebellion Tour 2013 – Cricien and company will (hopefully!) deliver a selection of their discography's best songs. Although Madball always kill, no matter what they play! D'accord?!

"People like to call them avantgarde black metal, but the Mainz band isn't really comfortable with that label. Whatever you want to call them though, fact is Nocte Abdcuta will present their brand new album 'Umbriel (Das Schweigen zwischen den Sternen)' live at Summer Breeze 2013. All disciples of gloom can look forward to an uncompromising experimental show with a dense armosphere and a whole load of melancholy, but (hopefully) also an excursion into the German's brutal past. However, no matter which songs get played, no one will crawl back into their tents disappointed after the Nocte Abducta show in Dinkelsbühl."

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Madball Announces New Tour Dates

The NYHC legends in Madball have announced dates for the band's fourth "Rebellion" tour taking place in March 2013. Check out the tour trailer below. The tour also features Terror, Comeback Kid, and Your Demise. Dates are as follows:

14.03. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
15.03. D Berlin - Astra
16.03. D Hamburg - Markthalle
17.03. D Essen - Weststadthalle
18.03. D Saarbrücken - Garage
19.03. CH Solothurn - Kofmehl
20.03. D München - Backstage
21.03. A Wien - Arena
22.03. PL Krakow - Kwadrat
23.03. D Leipzig - Werk2
24.03. B Diest - Den Amer More...

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part II

... Continued from Part I...

TUESDAY 8/7

9… something… am. Or maybe it’s 10, or maybe I’m in Hell. All I know is that the sun has risen, transforming my tent into a “Bridge On The River Kwai” sweatbox and my sleeping bag into a dehydration cocoon. I’m marinating.

Cooking aromas. Eggs frying, a Mediterranean whiff of olive oil, the universal scent of black coffee. Subdued, slow-motion, hung-over camp chatter. An unfamiliar voice: “Mind if I drop in for a meet-and-greet?” Male, low and steady-pitched, Eastern European. Might as well get my ass moving and be social. Also, I’m starving again.

I peel away my constraints, fumbling, slippery, dazed. I unzip the door and gasp for breath. The open air feels cucumber-cool by comparison and prickles my skin.

With nature doing all the work around here, who needs an alarm clock? More...

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East Coast Tsunami Fest Trailer Available

East Coast Tsunami Fest returns to Reading, PA this coming September 29th & 30th. A teaser trailer for the festival can be viewed below. The following bands will be performing at the East Coast Tsunami Fest:

Biohazard
Cro Mags
Vision of Disorder
One Life Crew
Dri
The Casualties
Strength for a Reason
No Turning Back
Sick of it All
H20
Agnostic Front
MadBall
Animal Haus
Backtrack
Dysphoria More...

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Madball Posts New Video

The premiere of the new Madball video "The Beast" has been posted over at Crave Online. The track is included on Madball's latest EP, "Rebellion." The video was filmed over in Badalona, Spain while Madball was on tour with Portugal's Devil In Me.

Filming of "The Beast" utilized backdrops of the New York hardcore band's stage performances and the guerilla vibe of being filmed in the back of a moving vehicle. Read more about the process over at this location. More...

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Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Beastie Boy

A number of rock and metal musicians have posted tributes online to Beastie Boys rapper, bassist and co-founder, Adam Yauch, aka "MCA." Yauch passed away earlier today at the age of 47. The cause of death is presently unknown, though it suspected to be linked to his run in with cancer in 2009, for which he underwent surgery. Yauch was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame along with his other Beastie Boys bandmates and other acts including Guns N Roses and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, who dedicated their performance to absent Yauch.

Some of the hard rock tributes read as follows:

Slash: "Sad day. MCA was fucking awesome. RIP man. We'll miss you very much."

Anthrax: "RIP MCA. Cancer, you're an asshole.

Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine: "Rest In Peace Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys. My condolences to his family and friends." More...

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Metalcamp 2012 Trailer Posted

A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):

Amon Amarth
Avven
Brezno
Doomed
Edguy
Eluveitie
Epica
Finntroll
Gorguts
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Heathen
Inmate
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Machine Head
Madball
Morana
Napalm Death
Nile
Pain
Paradise Lost
Sabaton
Sin Deadly Sin
Sodom
Testament
The Black Dahlia Murder

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Roger Miret Appears On LatiNation

Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret recently sat down with LatiNation - a nationally syndicated, half-hour program that is broadcast to over 90 markets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands - to discuss the band’s rise to hardcore stardom.

In the three-minute segment Miret and Madball vocalist Freddy Cricien recount their NYC upbringing and the deep family connection between the two iconic hardcore acts. The segment can now be seen online through the player below. More...

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Madball To Kick Off Tour Next Week

New York City hardcore act Madball is heading out on the band's upcoming August tour next week. The run of dates kicks off in St. Louis, MO on August 8th and will run through the Midwest, ending in Philadelphia, PA on August 14th at “This Is Hardcore” Fest. See below for all current tour dates.

8/08 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/09 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
8/11 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
8/12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick – “Fucking Awesome Fest”
8/13 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
8/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom – “This Is Hardcore”

Madball is touring in support of the band's latest album "Empire."

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Madball Announces New Tour Dates

New York City hardcore act Madball has announced several upcoming headlining summer tour dates and festival shows. The band will kick off the run in St. Louis, MO on August 8th and will tour through the Midwest, ending in Philadelphia, PA on August 14th at “This Is Hardcore” Fest.

“We're excited to be doing more festivals like this in the states,” states vocalist Freddy Cricien. “I think these kinds of shows are great for the genre/scene. We just came back from Europe from doing a few big festivals and we'll be back there in July for more, before the states tour. Europe has been on to something for years, with regard to having hardcore bands on this kind of platform. Hopefully this trend continues and grows in the states. I am one of the promoters of the BnB bowl in NYC. We've tried to set an example for years now with that event. Hopefully, we can do it 'open air' proper style some day! See you all in the Midwest, either at a fest or club show. Come through!”

The details are as follows:

6/24 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge – “The Rumble, Day 1”
8/08 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/09 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
8/11 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
8/12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick – “Fucking Awesome Fest”
8/13 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
8/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom – “This Is Hardcore”

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