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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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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
Grand Magus
Machine Head
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Sin Deadly Sin
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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Good Fight Music Releases Summer 2011 Sampler

Good Fight Music has released a Summer 2011 sampler for free download on Amazon.com. Here's the complete tracklisting:

1. The Chariot - "Robert Rios" (2:31)
2. Madball - "Invigorate" (2:00)
3. The Contortionist - "Contact" (4:59)
4. Conditions - "The End Of Progression" (3:36)
5. This Or The Apocalypse - "The Incoherent" (3:39)
6. Funeral For A Friend - "Front Row Seats To The End Of The World" (3:30)
7. While She Sleeps - "My Conscience, Your Freedom" (3:35)
8. S.O.S. - "Keep Me Outside" (1:12)

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Good Fight Music Offering Free Summer Sampler

Good Fight Music has announced that it will be giving away its 2011 summer sampler as a digital download for a limited time only. The compilation features 8 tracks and can be downloaded through Amazon.com. You can view the track listing for the sampler in the list below.

1. The Chariot - Robert Rios
2. Madball - Invigorate
3. The Contortionist - Contact
4. Conditions - The End of Progression
5. This or the Apocalypse - The Incoherent
6. Funeral For A Friend - Front Row Seats To The End Of The World
7. While She Sleeps - My Conscience, Your Freedom
8. S.O.S. - Keep Me Outside

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Madball Video Interview Available

Musicametal.blogosfere.it has posted a video interview online with Madball's Freddy Cricien. You can check out the first part of the interview in the clip below and the second part is available after the jump. Madball was also recently announced as the co-headlining act for Germany's Never Say Die Open Air.


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Madball To Co-Headline Never Say Die Open Air

New York hardcore act Madball will co-headline the first Never Say Die Open Air in Trier, Germany on June 12th, 2011. The trailer can be viewed below, and additional details are available at this location. Also appearing will be Parkway Drive, Protest the Hero, Shai Hulud, and more.

Madball was also recently highlighted in our "Sunday Old School" column, which can be found at this location.

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Agnostic Front Posts New Video Online

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front has posted their new music video online for the song, "A Mi Manera." You can check it out below, courtesy of Metal Injection. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "My Life, My Way" and features a guest appearance from Madball frontman Freddy Cricien. More...

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Sunday Old School: Madball

What did you get up to when you were twelve years old? Did you play video games at home, play sports outside or go fishing with your dad? Whatever it was, chances are you weren’t in a hardcore band. Not a lot of people can say that, but Freddy Cricien can. Freddy Cricien is the younger half brother of Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret and would frequently join the band onstage to perform The Animals’ song, "It’s My Life." Eventually, Cricien was encouraged to start his own band, which he did in 1988 at the age of twelve with Miret on bass, Agnostic Front guitarist Vinnie Stigma and drummer Will Shepler. Naming the band, Madball, their music mostly comprised of unused Agnostic Front material and they quickly released their first demo, "Ball Of Destruction" in 1989. After adding a second guitarist in the form of Matt Henderson and spending a few more years performing, the band finally released another record in 1992 entitled, "Droppin’ Many Suckers."

Following Miret’s departure, Cricien recruited a friend of his, Hoya Roc to become the band’s new bassist and shortly afterwards, the group found themselves signed to Roadrunner Records. Through the label, Madball released their full length album, "Set It Off" in 1994, which enabled the band to tour not only across America, but also in Europe, performing at such events as Dynamo Open Air, as well as appearing in the documentary movie NYHC in 1995. They continued to expand their fanbase the next year when they released "Demonstrating My Style," a record which features the song, "Pride (Times Are Changing,)" arguable their most well known song along with the title track from "Set It Off." Two more albums, "Look My Way" and "Hold It Down" were released in 1998 and 2000 respectively, both of which received good reviews from critics and were met with positive feedback from fans, before the band decided to call it a day in early 2001.

The split didn’t last long however as Cricien and Hoya resurrected Madball late the next year, writing new music and touring internationally. Although the group came back in 2002, it would take until 2005 before they released a new full length album (though an EP entitled, NYHC was released in 2004,) which came in the shape of "Legacy." Since the release of the record, Madball have continued to perform all over the world, cementing their place as one of the true greats of the New York hardcore scene, easily ranking highly with Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All. They’ve also been releasing new music, with "Infiltrate The System" hitting the shelves in 2007, before their most recent record, "Empire" was released last year. The Madball name is now proving to transcend genres and the band has become rather popular amongst the New York hip-hop scene, being referenced by the likes of Ill Bill and Q Unique, not least in part to Cricien's own hip-hop outputs under the name Freddy Madball, the moniker with which he released his solo album, "Catholic Guilt." More...

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Madball Reveals European Tour Dates

New York hardcore pioneers Madball have revealed the dates for their upcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Born From Pain, Trapped Under Ice, Wisdom In Chains, All For Nothing and Devil In Me. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/18 Den Hagg, NET – Paard
03/19 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof
03/20 Vienna, AUT – Szene
03/21 Wroclaw, POL – Alibi
03/22 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/23 Berlin, GER – SO36
03/24 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
03/25 Drachten, NET – Iduna
03/26 Essen, GER – Bringing Back The Glory
03/27 Paris, FRA – Paris Extreme Festival
03/28 Lahr, GER – Universal Dock
03/29 Lyss, SWI – Kufa
03/30 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
03/31 Munchen, GER – Backstage
04/02 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
04/02 Dillingen, GER – Antattack Festival

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Madball's Freddy Madball Does Fight Song

Madball frontman Freddy Cricien continues his foray into hardcore rap with a track with Boston's BlackNBlue productions that will be unveiled Saturday night as former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski's new theme song.

The track, called "The Real Deal," features Freddy Madball and Boston rapper Jaysaun and will be unveiled when Arlovski hits the cage at the Strikeforce MMA World Heavyweight Grand Prix at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Cricien, half-brother of Agnostic Front's Roger Miret, has straddled the line between hardcore and hip-hop for years and embraced his gangsta rap roots on 2009's "Catholic Guilt." He's teamed up with BlackNBlue in the past, most recently for his 2010 "Gunshots" video, which was filmed in Boston and features BNB's KO and Big Chris, Jaysaun and Slaine, a rapper/actor who recently starred in "The Town" and is also in La Coka Nostra with Ill Bill and House of Pain's Everlast and Danny Boy.

Madball fans can check out the new track and watch Arlovski fight on Showtime Saturday at 10 p.m.

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Madball Posts "All Or Nothing" Video

New York City hardcore act Madball and MetalInjection.net have just posted the brand new music video for the song "All or Nothing," which is cut from the band’s 2010 release, "Empire." You can check out the clip below. The filming took place in NYC’s lower east side and at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday, November 26th. The video was edited and directed by Michael Distelkamp, with co-direction by Freddy Cricien for Black N’ Blue Productions in association with Convoy Films.

Click Here To Watch The Video

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Video Interview With Madball Available

GO-S.tv has posted a new video interview online with hardcore acts Madball and Sick Of It All. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Cruel Hand Added To Madball Tour

American hardcore act Cruel Hand has been added to Madball's forthcoming United States tour. The tour will now include performances from Madball, Canadian hardcore-punk act comeback Kid and Cruel Hand with local support being featured on select dates.

01/11 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
01/12 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
01/13 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
01/14 Dallas, TX – Trees
01/15 Austin, TX – Emo’s
01/16 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
01/18 Mesa, AZ – The Nile
01/19 Las Vegas, NC – Area 702
01/20 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
01/12 Lancaster, CA – Cedar Centre
01/22 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

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Madball To Film New Music Video

New York hardcore veterans Madball have announced that it will be filming a video for their track "All Or Nothing" in Brooklyn, NY this coming Friday, November 26th. Fans are asked to attend and take part in the shoot with the band announcing the following through their official Twitter page:

"MaDBalL video shoot for “ALL OR NOTHING.” Friday nov 26 at SouthPaw 5pm SHARP !!! 125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Spread the word !!!”

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Madball To Tour The U.S. With Comeback Kid

New York hardcore veterans Madball have revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States. Support on the tour will come from Canadian hardcore-punk act Comeback Kid. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

01/11 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
01/12 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
01/13 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
01/14 Dallas, TX – Trees
01/15 Austin, TX – Emo’s
01/16 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
01/18 Mesa, AZ – The Nile
01/19 Las Vegas, NC – Area 702
01/20 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
01/12 Lancaster, CA – Cedar Centre
01/22 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

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Madball To Release Latest Album On Vinyl

New York hardcore veterans Madball have set November 22, 2010 as the release date for its forthcoming Vinyl edition of "Empire," its 2010 release. The album will be printed on red vinyl and is available for pre-order through Good Fight Music.

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Invigorate
2. Danger Zone
3. Timeless
4. All Or Nothing
5. Glory Years
6. Empire
7. Shatterproof (feat. Roger Miret)
8. The End
9. Con Fuerza
10. R.A.H.C.
11. Hurt You
12. Tough Guy
13. Dark Horse
14. Spider's Web
15. Delete
16. Rebel4life18

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New York Hardcore Invades Bristol

While many British fans were disappointed to see that the proposed tour featuring Sick Of It All and Sepultura would not be coming to the United Kingdom (Sepultura has since been replaced on the tour by D.R.I.,) they were more than compensated with the news that Sick Of It All would be coming to Great Britain after all, and that they would be bringing fellow New York hardcore icons Madball with them.

Although I arrived a little late to catch the start of opening band, No Warning Shot, I was still able to catch around half of their set. This marked my second time seeing No Warning Shot, having previously seen them in April opening for Sick Of It All (whose singer Lou Koller stood next to me throughout much of their set tonight) and once again, the band put on a fantastic display. It came as a surprise to learn that the band doesn't perform regularly because they are perhaps one of the best hardcore bands going if in the United Kingdom, or at least the West Country. Their banter with the Welsh patrons was hilarious and the group have a sense of fun mixed with intensity, much like the evening's headliners. I would honestly recommend fans of hardcore from all over the world to try and get hold of the band's EP.

The first group of hardcore legends to take the stage was Madball, who opened with the classic, "Set It Off." Truely the song sounds as devastating today as it did when it was first released in 1994. Frontman Freddy Cricien is still an unmatchable force on stage and his voice was in perfect shape on this night, tearing through classics both old and new along with long time bassist Hoya Roc, guitarist Mitts and new drummer Igor (who I had mistaken for former Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera. To be fair he does look like him.) The West Country crowd loved every second of Madball's performance and receieved the new material from the band's recent release, "Empire" with open arms, being treated to the title track as well as "R.A.H.C." Of course, the staples went down a storm too, with "Heavenhell" being the latest song to be considered an honest Madball classic, along with "Down By Law" and set closer, "Pride." the audience greeted these songs with moshing, headbanging and sing alongs. Exactly the way a hardcore show should be. Frankly, the show could have ended after Madball and everyone would have gone home happy.

That said, there were four more legends yet to grace the stage. Sick Of It All is definitely one of, if not the best hardcore group to ever release a record, and their live performances are second to none, a statement which they backed up themselves on this cold Bristol night. Kicking things off with "Good Lookin' Out," the brilliant opening song from 1997's, "Built To Last" album, the band captured the excitement of every member of the crowd and fed off their energy perfectly. More recent songs followed suit, with "Death Or Jail," the single from their excellent new album, "Based On A True Story," and "Uprising Nation" from 2006's "Death To Tyrants" being memorised by around 90% of the crowd. Although there were a few sound issues to begin with, these were rectified quite quickly and the band continued to put on an excellent performance, aided largely by material from their new album, which also included the songs, "The Divide," "Good Cop," "A Month Of Sundays" and "Waiting For The Day," all of which are frankly outstanding.

As one would expect, the older material wasn't left out either, as the band showcased songs from their debut full length, "Blood, Sweat & No Tears" as well as the standard, but by no means ordinary, airings of such classics as "Step Down," "Scratch The Surface" and "Injustice System." One of the things that makes a Sick Of It All show so spectacular is the raport that they have with the audience, joking with them, taking song requests (which resulted in a brilliant cover of Sham 69's "Borstal Breakout") and playfully demanding five pounds from a fan for stage diving while no music was being played. Set closer "Us Vs. Them" capped off what was a truely a magical evening for fans of hardcore.

One can only hope that both bands return to the British Isles as soon as possible.

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Full Madball Concert Posted Online

New York hardcore icons Madball and Hardtimes.ca have posted a full concert set online, taken from the band's September tour stop in Montreal. Madball are currently on tour to promote its 2010 release "Empire." You can view the 40 minute concert below:

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