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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.
Warbringer has issued the following update from Wacken Open Air and the start of their European tour with Sworn Enemy:
"Thanks for everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at WACKEN! There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming "Total War!" louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses.
"The beginning of the Sworn Enemy tour has been quite a pleasure. Last night we opened for AGNOSTIC FRONT and tonight were playing in Frankfurt with MADBALL! Theres nothing better than kicking off a tour by sharing the stage and some drinks with such legendary bands. Thanks for everyone that came out to see us in hamburg, we hope more of you guys will come out and support us along the way!"
New York-based Hardcore veterans MADBALL have posted this message on their MySpace page:
"We've just returned from Europe this past weekend. We played our first four shows with our newest member, Mackie, on drums. The shows went great, and we'd like to thank everyone who came out! This weekend was just a taste of what's to come. We will be returning to Europe twice more this summer, including some additional dates that we will post soon, for August.
Also, we start a short tour this Wednesday with SHAI HULUD, and M.O.D.. Dates are posted on the MySpace site. See you there!!"
MADBALL, M.O.D., and SHAI HULUD will team up for the following tour dates next month:
May 7 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
May 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 9 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
May 10 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Miss Q’s
May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Live
May 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 14 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry Music Theatre
May 15 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
After six years with the band, drummer Rigg Ross has left Madball. According to the group, "We'd like to wish him all the best for the future, and he will have our love and respect forever."
To replace Ross, Madball has added Mackie Jayson (former Cro-Mags, Bad Brains) to their line-up. He will make his live debut with the band later this month.
New York hardcore legends SKARHEAD are returning for one-show in Tempe, Arizona on April 26, 2008. The band, which features Lord Ezec (a.k.a. Danny Diablo) and Puerto Rican Myke, will make its first live appearance since its last performance at 2006's Superbowl of Hardcore. The rest of the group's lineup will consist of Rigg Ross of MADBALL on drums, Danny Marianino of NORTH SIDE KINGS on guitar, Todd Hamilton of WARZONE on bass, and Brandon Crane of THE CO-DEFENDANTS on guitar. Also on the bill are NORTH SIDE KINGS, CEE KAY (LCN, STEREO MECHANICS, SHOT BLOCKERS), BRICKTOP, GEORGE MOSHINGTON, and CAROLINA CRACKER. The concert is open to everyone 21 and older and will take place at The Stray Cat, located at 2433 E. University Dr. Tempe, Arizona. The show is being presented by AMJ Concerts and is a Dirty Money Syndicate production.
New York hardcore legends MADBALL have issued the following update:
"We just got back from our third Australia trip since 2005, and it was a great time. We were lucky to have our friends in DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR along with us this time."
"Thanks to everyone in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth for coming out and making it such a success!"
"We've also just posted some European festival dates for this summer. There are more to come, and this is NOT the final tour schedule. We will be adding more dates soon, so check back!"
Upcoming MADBALL shows:
Apr. 05 - Superbowl Of Hardcore Brooklyn, New York
May 01 - Jera On Air Festival Ysselsteyn, Netherlands
May 03 - Puntpop Wuustwezel, Belgium
Jun. 20 - Hellfest Nantes, France
Jun. 21 - SummerblastFest Trier, Germany
Jun. 22 - Fields Of Rock Biddinghuzen, Netherlands
Jun. 27 - Mach1 Festival Montabaur, Germany
Jun. 28 - Vainstream Münster, Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Jun. 29 - Graspop Dessel, Belgium
Jul. 03 - Rock For People Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Jul. 04 - With Full Force Roitzschjora, Germany
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.
According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.
"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".
Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor
Roadrunner Records will repackage/reissue titles from SEPULTURA, MADBALL and LIFE OF AGONY in their "two-for-the-price-of-one" series.
Titles due for release on February 12th include: SEPULTURA - Against/Nation, MADBALL - Demonstrating My Style/Look My Way, LIFE OF AGONY - Ugly/Soul Searching Sun, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY - Tactical Neural Implant/Millennium.
The annual Superbowl of Hardcore show will take place in New York City on April 8th. Bands confirmed for the show thus far include Agnostic Front, Madball, Terror, and Fahrenheit 451. Additional bands and details will be forthcoming.
MADBALL and DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR will team up for the following Australian tour dates:
March 6 - Brisbane @ Club 299
March 7 - Sydney @ Manning Bar
March 8 - Melbourne @ Corner
March 9 - Adelaide @ Fowler’s
March 11 - Perth @ Amplifier
I remember being at an Articles of Faith show back in the early 1980s in Chicago and thinking, "This is where I belong, these are my people." It's not 1982 anymore and you can't expect things to sound the same. The lines have blurred and you can nearly start a riot on some corners trying to define who and what is hardcore. Much of what is called hardcore these days has strong metal influences and sounds much different from what was called hardcore back in the day.
I'm a fan of lots of the old school stuff which came out of the punk scene but I also like a some of the newer 'metalcore' stuff. That being said, here are some of the recordings that are in my player or in the car on a regular basis: More...
SICK OF IT ALL, MADBALL, DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, and WISDOM IN CHAINS will team up for the following tour dates next year:
January 22 - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
January 23 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
January 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
January 25 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
January 26 - Miami, FL @ Studio A
January 27 - St. Petersburgh, FL @ State Theatre
January 28 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
January 30 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
January 31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
February 1 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
February 2 - Toronto, ON @ Reverb
February 5 - Providence, RI @ The Living Room
February 6 - New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
February 7 - Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Main Stage
February 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Uniterian Church
February 9 - New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom
New York hardcore legends MADBALL will shoot a video for the song "Infiltrate the System" on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:45 p.m. (sharp) on 12th Avenue and 25th Street in New York City. "Anyone and everyone is invited," says the band. "We're looking for people from all walks of life, so wear what you would normally wear... be it a suit, work clothes, or a t-shirt and jeans. Be there!!!"
MADBALL's new album, "Infiltrate the System", was released on August 21 in the U.S. on Ferret Music (in Europe on I Scream, in South America on Liberation, in Australia on Resist). The CD is the follow-up to 2005's "Legacy", a critically acclaimed album that received feature coverage in Revolver, Decibel, and Metal Maniacs.
Formed when Cricien was in his early teens, MADBALL has been one of the driving forces of hardcore in recent years delivering anthemic, touchstone albums such as "Demonstrate My Style" (1996) and "Set It Off" (1994).
Initial tour dates have been confirmed for Sick Of It All's upcoming run with Madball, Sinking Ships, and Viva Hate. Here are the latest tour dates:
10/17 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/20 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/22 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
10/23 Reno, NV @ Stoney's Indoor Skate Park
10/24 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
10/25 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
10/26 Fresno, CA @ The Exit
10/27 Fullerton, CA @ The Alley
10/28 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
11/1 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/2 Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
11/7 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
Sick of it All are currently wrapping up their European tour with Wisdom in Chains.
New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL and MADBALL will team up for a U.S. tour beginning late October. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
SICK OF IT ALL will embark on a European tour at the end of the month. Support on the trek will come from WISDOM IN CHAINS. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 30 - Vienna, AUT -2 Days a Week Festival
Aug. 31 - Hamel, GER - Jochen Roll Open Air
Sep. 01 - Granichen, SWI - Open Air Granichen
Sep. 02 - Milan, ITA - Idrscalorock
Sep. 04 - Frankfurt, GER - Batschkap
Sep. 05 - Flensburg, GER - Roxy
Sep. 06 - Aarhus, DEN - Ridehuset
Sep. 07 - Bremen, GER - Tivoli
Sep. 08 - Copenhagen, DEN - Store Vega
Sep. 09 - Munster, GER - Skater Palace
Sep. 10 - Augsburg, GER - Kantine
Sep. 12 - Ostrava, CZE - Tancirna
Sep. 13 - Leipzig, GER - Conne Island
Sep. 14 - Berlin, GER - SO36
Sep. 15 - Hasselt, BEL - Muziek-o-droom
Sep. 16 - Amsterdam, NET - Melkweg
New York hardcore legends MADBALL have posted the following update:
“Here’s what’s up for the month of June….We just did a short run with our boys in TERROR, 100 DEMONS, and our new friends from HAVE HEART. If you came out to any of these shows, then you know that we had a great time on this tour. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the bands. In regards to the St. Louis show, we regret the unfortunate circumstances (beyond our control) that prevented us from playing our full set. A huge thanks to our loyal fans for your understanding, and we’ll be back next time to give you the show you deserve.
You’ll notice that we’ve updated the music player on here, to include a taste of the new record. “Infiltrate The System” is the title track from the upcoming album, due out in August. Enjoy!
Next up, the Canadian invasion!”
Madball has completed the recording process for their sixth full-length release, titled "Infiltrate The System." The effort was recorded at Planet Z Recording in Massachusetts with producer/engineer Zeuss. Ferret Music will release "Infiltrate The System" in August in North America. The European release will be handled by I Scream Records while Australia will be serviced by Resist Records.
NYC hardcore legends Madball have announced a tour with good friends Terror and 100 Demons. The tour which happens in June will see the band fresh from recording their upcoming album to be titled Infiltrate The System which will we will release this fall.
All shows with Terror and 100 Demons unless otherwise noted.
6/12 Grand Rapids, MI (Skelletones)
6/13 Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
6/14 Iowa City, IA (Picador)
6/15 Joplin, MO (The Foundry)
6/16 St. Louis, MO (Creepy Crawl)
6/17 Milwaukee, WI (The Rave II)
6/18 St. Paul, MN (Station 4)
6/20 Mt Clemens, MI (Detroit, Hayloft Liquor Stand)
6/21 Covington, KY (Cincinnati, The Mad Hatter)
6/22 Cleveland, OH (Peabody's Down Under)
6/23 Millvale, PA (Pittsburgh, Mr. Small's)