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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 !!!”
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
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:
2. Danger Zone
4. All Or Nothing
5. Glory Years
7. Shatterproof (feat. Roger Miret)
8. The End
9. Con Fuerza
11. Hurt You
12. Tough Guy
13. Dark Horse
14. Spider's Web
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.
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:
Not having publicly responded to Madball vocalist Freddy Cricien’s comments to the press regarding his departure, drummer Jay Weinberg wants to set the record straight:
"There has been so much noise on the internet regarding my parting ways with Madball – largely distorted – that I wanted to take the opportunity to set the record straight as I see it. Then, anyone who is interested can make up their own mind.
"Freddy Cricien has most recently inaccurately described my participation in the writing and recording process of Madball’s latest project, 'Empire.'
"Throughout the several months-long writing and rehearsing process held at Madball’s Queens, New York workspace, I was fully engaged in the writing of the music for this album. As important as Freddy’s lyrics would become when the music was finished, he was only present at those pre-recording sessions on two or three occasions.
"The recording went well, evidenced by the final release, and I am proud of my contributions to the music – live and in the studio.
"However, Freddy has grossly mischaracterized my time with the band in the press; yet I have not responded publicly to any Madball statements.
"I agree that Madball will be better served by an individual more attuned to their particular lifestyle and, occasionally, a new band member will grind gears with long-time members over non-musical issues. To each his own.
"But, let me be clear – while I really enjoyed playing the music, I do not subscribe to their choice of habits and lifestyle. This past August while on tour in Europe, disturbing events within the band indicated to me that it was time for me to move on.
"While on tour in Canada in September, I informed Freddy, Mitts, and Hoya of my decision to leave – but not before they had found a replacement.
"The very next morning came Freddy’s press release and claim that he had
"Well, that’s just not the case.
"It is true that everyone is entitled to their own opinions – but not their own facts!
"Timing is everything, and who would disagree that one cannot be fired after having quit –
decisively, amicably and well in advance of Freddy’s harsh and public 'spin' of the facts.
"Bottom line – check out Madball’s new release, 'Empire' – I’m proud of it, Madball should be proud of it, and, I believe that Madball’s fans will love it!"
Bitter End will be staying around Texas and playing a few shows around the state in the coming weeks. December will see the band touring the East Coast touring with Madball. After that stint, they will head over to the West Coast where they will meet up with Alpha and Omega.
Bitter End is touring in support of their latest full length, "Guilty As Charged," which is available on Deathwish Inc.
Here are the latest Bitter End tour dates:
10/28: Austin, TX @ Mohawk w/ Bad Brains
11/07: San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven w/ Cruel Hand, Backtrack, Hardside
11/20: Houston, TX @ Walters On Washington w/ Iron Age, Powertrip, Mammoth Grinder, & more
12/09: Miami, FL @ Vagabond w/ Madball
12/10: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum w/ Madball
12/11: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ Madball
12/12: Raleigh, NC @ Brewery w/ Madball
12/13: Huntington, WV @ Shamrocks w/ Madball
12/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Madball
12/15: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Madball
12/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Madball
12/17: Albany, NY @ Bogies w/ Madball
12/18: Providence, RI @ Jerkys w/ Madball
12/19: New York City, NY @ Studio At Webster Hall w/ Madball
12/20: Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
12/21: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
12/22: Dallas, TX @ The Nightmare
01/02: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Alpha And Omega
01/03: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Alpha And Omega
01/04: San Francisco, CA @ TBA
01/05: Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Alpha And Omega
01/06: Fresno, CA @ The CYC w/ Alpha And Omega
01/07: Bakersfield, CA @ TBA w/ Alpha And Omega
01/08: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground w/ Alpha And Omega
New York hardcore legends Madball has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of America's East Coast this December. Joining them on the trek will be Bitter End and Lionheart.
The tour dates are as follows:
December 9 – Miami, FL @ The Vagabond
December 10 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
December 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
December 12 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
December 13 – Huntington, WV @ Shamrock’s
December 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
December 15 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
December 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
December 17 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
December 18 – Providence, RI @ Jerky’s
December 19 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Madball, which is currently on the road supporting Comeback Kid on the "Through The Noise Tour," has issued the following statement regarding splitting with drummer Jay Weinberg:
"I'm letting Jay go in Canada because I just feel he doesn't represent this band well on a character level. It would go against my own code of ethics to keep him around. Not saying he's a bad drummer. I won't take that away from him. But the reality is - he has a lot to learn about paying dues, and about life in general. Granted, he is a kid, but I'm not sure that he'll ever be built for this particular lifestyle. I wish him the best of luck, but the Madball machine rolls on!”
Madball is still set to finish out the tour with a soon to be announced replacement drummer. All future band plans, including the band's upcoming European tour with Sick of It All, and the release of "Empire" on October 12th, remain unaffected and on schedule.
The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:
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
New York hardcore act Madball has revealed the cover artwork and track list from the band's forthcoming new album "Empire." The artwork can be viewed here. Madball worked with death metal producer Erik Rutan on the new album, which is set to be released via Nuclear Blast on October 15th in Europe. The new song "R.A.H.C." can be heard at this location.
Commented Madball frontman Freddy Cricien: "Erik has been great to work with. He's definitely a perfectionist, which I have no problem with. It's going to benefit us in the end! He's got his own techniques like everyone does, so he's going to bring a different dynamic into the sound/mix."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Danger Zone
4. All Or Nothing
5. Glory Years
7. Shatterproof (feat. Roger Miret)
8. The End
9. Con Fuerza
11. Hurt You
12. "Tough Guy"
13. Dark Horse
14. Spider's Web
New York hardcore legends Madball has posted a new song online entitled, "R.A.H.C." You can check it out by heading to the band's official Myspace. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Empire," which is scheduled to be released this October through Nuclear Blast Records.
Sick Of It All has issued the following announcement about adding more tour dates:
"Hey Everyone, here's a list of all our upcoming shows that I wish I could post on our main myspace page, but can't because I'm in Spain right now and am having trouble inputting the information that myspace requires. The internet here isn't working the same as it does at home, and I'm gonna be traveling for the next few weeks, so hopefully I'll be recruit someone to do this stuff on my behalf soon.
"Some of this stuff is too good to wait on, though, like our newly added club date in Helsinki, Finland, and the 'New York United' October European tour with Madball, so excuse my excitement to get the word out."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
8/25 2010 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
10/14 2010 - Lodz, Poland - Dekempresja - w/MADBALL
10/15 2010 - Budapest, Hungary - The Durer Kert - w/MADBALL
10/16 2010 - Roncade, Italy - New Age Club - w/MADBALL and Strength Approach
10/17 2010 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus - w/MADBALL and Strength Approach
10/19 2010 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl - w/MADBALL and Misconduct
10/20 2010 - Six-Fours Les Plages, France - Espace Andre Malraux - w/MADBALL and Misconduct
10/21 2010 - Durango, Basque Country - Plateruena - w/MADBALL
10/22 2010 - Madrid, Spain - Rockkitchen - w/MADBALL
10/23 2010 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro de Corroios - w/MADBALL
10/24 2010 - Barcelona, Catalonia - Sala Razzmatazz - w/MADBALL
10/28 2010 - Bristol, England - Fleece & Firkin - w/MADBALL
10/29 2010 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts - w/MADBALL
10/30 2010 - Manchester, England - Moho Live - w/MADBALL
10/31 2010 - London, England - Scala - w/MADBALL
New York's hardcore legends Madball have announced thier first ever full tour of Canada. The dates, which run from September 9th until September 27th, start off on the west coast on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and head east until hitting Quebec. Other acts on the tour include Canadian hardcore punk act Comeback Kid. Madball are making an effort to visit cities and towns off of the normal touring route such as Kelowna, Timmins and Jonquiere.
Madball/Comeback Kid Canadian tour dates:
September 9 – Victoria, BC - Sugar
September 10 – Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
September 11 – Kelowna, BC - Habitat
September 12 – Calgary, AB - Republik
September 13 – Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
September 14 – Regina, SK - The Exchange
September 17 – Timmins, ON - Club 147
September 18 – Sudbury, ON - Alder Hall
September 20 – Guelph, ON - Vinyl
September 21 – St. Catharines, ON - Level 3
September 22 – London, ON - Music Hall
September 23 – Toronto, ON - The Opera House
September 24 – Ottawa, ON Ritual
September 25 – Montreal, QC - Le Studio
September 26 – Jonquiere, QC - Le Bunker
September 27 – Quebec City, QC - Dagobert
New York hardcore legends Madball has announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Empire" this year on October 12th through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and Good Fight Music in North America.
"The recording process has gone smoothly. Hopefully I won't screw it up," jokes Madball vocalist Freddy Cricien. "I'm actually going in to track vocals today and I’m looking forward to it. And besides the interesting story of a manatee sitting by the place we stayed in, we’ve been dealing with the usual goofiness that comes with recording a record."
Madball are currently recording at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. Behind the boards on Empire is producer Erik Rutan (Misery Index, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore).
"Erik has been great to work with," states Cricien. "He's definitely a perfectionist, which I have no problem with. It's going to benefit us in the end! He's got his own techniques like everyone does, so he's going to bring a different dynamic into the sound/mix. I'm excited for people to hear the finish product. I predict it will be very HARD!" More...
New York City hardcore legends Madball are set to release their new album, titled "Empire", this fall on Good Fight Music. "Empire" will be the first release for Madball on Good Fight Music but will be the band's eighth studio effort overall. "Empire" is currently scheduled for release in late September or early October.
Vocalist and founding member Freddy Cricien had the following to say:
“Empire will play off of the name. 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.”
Madball are currently finishing the writing process, and will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida to record in early July. "Empire" will be produced by Eric Rutan, famous for his work with Misery Index, Cannibal Corpse and Goatwhore amongst many others.
The Black N Blue Bowl event will be returning to New York this year for another edition. This year will see headlining performances from the legendary Cro-Mags as well as long running hardcore veterans Madball. Also on the bill will be H20, Skarhead, Wisdom In Chains, Yuppicide, Trapped Under Ice, Sand, Incendiary, H8 Inc. and Cruel Hand with more bands to be confirmed soon. The show will take place on May 15th at Webster Hall and will kick off at 2PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day.
New York Hardcore legends Madball have announced that they have signed a new European deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are expected to release a new studio album this year, their first since 2007's "Infiltrate The System."
Vocalist Freddy Cricien (AKA Freddy Madball) commented: "I'm very proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast, for Europe and it's various territories. We are entering a new and very important chapter in our lives/career, and I know this is the right home for us in Europe...without a doubt! I feel that all the folks at NB genuinely understand and respect our history, longevity, legacy, etc. I also know they believe in our future,in what we still have to offer.. Which will manifest itself in our new album coming out this year! Not to mention, it is an honor and privilege to be label mates with the legendary Agnostic Front. We have not shared a label together since our first release on In Effect/Relativity in 1989. Not only are they family, literally, but they are also an inspiration to all of us in the Hardcore world and beyond! Looking forward to a new year, new label, and new record! See you on tour!"
Nuclear Blast A&R representative Jaap Wagemaker added: "Today it is with great honor to announce the signing of NY Hardcore legends Madball to the Nuclear Blast roster. They started out as one of the most innovative bands of the scene, became one of the most influential ones and easily stood the test of time. Just like Agnostic Front, Madball always were and ever will be nothing but a legend and an unstoppable force! We are excited and extremely proud to be working with and for Freddy and the boys in Europe! Be aware, the new album will strike - the knife will get deeper again!"
Good Fight Entertainment, founded by industry veterans Paul Conroy and Carl Severson, has launched a new management company with a music and sports division, along with a new record label, Good Fight Music.
Pioneers in the hardcore and metal scenes, and former partners at Ferret Music, Warner Music and ChannelZERO, Conroy and Severson have proven track records for innovative thinking and unwavering tenacity. Their abundance of experience has taught them how to spot cutting edge talent and propel them into the spotlight. To obtain maximum visibility for its releases, Good Fight Entertainment's record label, Good Fight Music, has partnered with Sony's RED distribution, which distributed Ferret for six years before their merger with Warner's Independent Label Group. During that time, Conroy and Severson helped launch the careers of numerous hardcore and metal outfits, including Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, and From Autumn To Ashes, while taking the likes of In Flames, The Devil Wears Prada, Chimaira, Madball and more to previously unachieved levels of success.
"I and all at RED couldn't be more pleased to be back in business with Carl Severson and Paul Conroy and their new label, Good Fight,” says RED president Bob Morelli. “As we begin 2010 with all the challenges and opportunities that we will deal with, working with Carl and Paul gives us a better chance for success. They are on the cutting musical edge, whether it will be with their label, as managers, in touring or other entrepreneurial initiatives."
Of their new endeavor, Carl Severson states, "We've built a company that is in a unique position to rise to the challenges of the evolving music industry. We've been on the front lines as digital has become the medium of choice for music marketing and commerce and we've grown with it, embraced the opportunities it's presented. Paul, myself, our staff; we have the resolve to thrive in this climate. Good Fight Entertainment is the culmination of our experiences as artists, band members, managers, musicians and executives. We have the opportunity to work with people who believe in us as much as we believe in them. This is a very exciting time for us."
The first Good Fight Music releases, Cancer Bats’ "Bears Mayors Scraps and Bones" and Son of Aurelius’ "The Farthest Reaches," are both scheduled to be unleashed April 13. Future releases from the already substantial Good Fight family of artists will include new albums by Rosaline, I Am Abomination, This or the Apocalypse, Conditions, Madball, and the newly reunited Disembodied.
“I'm very excited and honored to be a part of Good Fight,” says Madball frontman Freddy Cricien. “I've worked with Carl and Paul for some years now. I've developed a friendship there that goes beyond business. Some say friendship and business don't mix, in this case they are wrong. We are all very passionate about music and it will translate through this new vehicle, Good Fight Entertainment. It's the next chapter and Madball is glad to be a part of the movement.”
The music management division of Good Fight Entertainment boasts an already established roster of heavyweights, including August Burns Red, Behemoth, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall, Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Chiodos, Every Time I Die, Holy Grail, Job For a Cowboy, among several others. More...
New Jersey thrash metal band The Mongoloids has announced the following American tour dates:
February 11th - Washington DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Madball
February 12th - Westchester, Pennsylvania @ The Note w/ Madball
February 13th - Sayreville, New Jersey @ Starland Ballroom w/ E Town Concrete
February 14th - Fredricksburg, Virginia @ KC's Music Alley w/ American Me
February 15th - Greensboro, North Carolina @ Legitimate Business w/ Blacklisted and Advent
February 16th - Columbia, South Carolina @ House of Hardcore
February 17th - Douglasville, Georgia @ The 7 Venue
February 18th - Jacksonville, Florida @ Doozer's
February 19th - Miami, Florida @ Volume Studios w/ Know the Score
February 20th - Venice, Florida @ Chop Shop
February 21st - Pensacola, Florida @ TBA
February 22nd - Metairie, Louisiana @ The High Ground
February 23rd - San Antonio, Texas @ The White Rabbit W/ Hardside
February 24th - Fort Worth, Texas @ 1919 Hemphill W/ Power Trip
February 25th - Little Rock, Arkansas @ Vinos
February 26th - Nitro, West Virginia @ The Brickhouse
February 27th - Wilmington, Delaware @ Mojo 13
February 28th - Scranton, Pennsylvania @ Eleanor Rigby's
March 1st - Montreal, Quebec @ The Underworld w/ ABACABB
March 2nd - Brampton, Ontario @ All Stars
March 3rd - Windsor, Ontario @ The Warhaus
March 4th - Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange w/ Continuance and Take it Back!
March 5th - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @ The Smiling Moose w/ Steel Nation and Deathright
March 6th - Naples, New York @ Hardwear w/ Rhinoceros
March 7th - Holyoke, Massachusetts @ The Waterfront Tavern
When going through the list of legends in the Hardcore genre, several bands immediately come to mind. Bad Brains, Black Flag, Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All are just a few that are instantly mentioned, but half the time, people forget to mention Madball, the band formed twenty years ago by Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret and his younger brother Freddy Cricien. To be honest, there is absolutely no reason to forget Madball. They have written some of the best songs in their genre and bring a huge amount of intensity and energy with them wherever they go. So getting to see the legends live for the first time was not only alot of fun, but a real treat.
The band took to the stage at The Croft in Bristol and opened with the classic song, "Set It Off." As soon as the band started playing, the crowd exploded. Moshing, stage diving, pogoing and singing along to almost every word, a great atmosphere to have. Madball continued to perform with an unrivaled passion and drive, playing some of their more recent (and equally outstanding songs) such as "Heavenhell" and "Infiltrate The System" and every single person in the crowd loved every second of it. So did the band and they thanked the audience numerous times throughout the night for the support, Cricien held the mic out for members of the audience to sing along and engaged in the Great British dialect by calling someone a "fucking wanker." They finished with the song, "Pride" from the 1996 album, "Demonstrating My Style," to a great response. As I said before, this was my first Madball show and it certainly won't be my last!