[hardcore] BOTM January/February: Madball


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01-16-2005, 05:53 PM
There's been a bit of a lax on the BOTM so i've done this new one.

Freddy Cricien - vocals
Mitts - guitars
Hoya Roc - bass
Rigg Ross - drums


While most seven year olds are home on a Sunday afternoon playing video games or watching cartoons, Freddy Cricien is at CBGB's in New York City, there to see his big brother Roger Miret's band Agnostic Front perform at a local hardcore matinee. Roger brings Freddy to the side of the drum kit, safely away from the rabid fans pressed up against the stage cheering for their favorite band to start the show. The lights go down and the madness begins. Bodies climbing over bodies, fingers pointed in the air with every line, and a wide-eyed Freddy watching his brother's every move. The energy escalates with each song as Freddy waits patiently for his chance to shine. Finally the moment of truth as Roger turns to his little brother, calls him up to the front of the stage and gives him the mic. Freddy seizes the moment, giving all in attendance a bite-sized taste of things to come.

Freddy had not yet reached his teens when he played his first Madball show in 1988. Backed by most of Agnostic Front, Madball's first few gigs consisted of un-used Agnostic Front songs with Roger on bass, Vinnie Stigma on guitar and Will Shepler on drums. In 1989 Madball released the seven-inch, "Ball Of Destruction", giving Freddy an outlet to take his show on the road. Three years of hard work followed, playing regional shows in and around the New York area. In 1992 guitarist Matt Henderson joined the band, turning Madball into a five-piece just in time to record the "Droppin' Many Suckers" EP for Wreckage Records. One year later Roger left the band, and was replaced by the young blood of Hoya Roc. Hoya was a familiar face to the local hardcore scene and a good friend of Freddy's. His prior band Dmize was just breaking up and Hoya was looking for a new gig. So when Madball asked Hoya to join the band, naturally he jumped at the opportunity. Finally Freddy had a lineup he could call his own.

Madball quickly earned a reputation as one of the fiercest live bands around, winning over punk and hardcore fans wherever they plugged in their instruments. In 1994 they caught the eye of New York-based Roadrunner Records, home to such acts as Sepultura, Biohazard and Machine Head, where they would release their next three albums, "Set It Off" in 1994, "Demonstrating My Style" in 1996, and "Look My Way" in 1998. Madball soon developed national and international fame following their relentless touring schedule that culminated in a 1995 Dynamo Festival appearance in front of 120,000 fans. The band took their music all over the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America, sharing the stage with acts such as Black Sabbath and Slayer. Their powerful live show coupled with their notorious streetwise credibility rendered Madball the seminal hardcore act from New York City, headquarters for the music and lifestyle that they proudly represent. Unrelenting in its assault, Madball's music was the voice of the urban youth, stripped of unnecessary flourishes and delivering the goods with a true clear voice.

In 2000, Madball decided it was time for a change and inked a deal with the legendary independent label Epitaph Records. Based out of Los Angeles, Epitaph had made a name for itself with the success of west coast bands such as Rancid, NOFX and Pennywise, and was looking to balance their roster with some east coast flavor. So when Madball released "Hold It Down", it was a pummeling album in stark contrast to the more melodic punk music that Epitaph was known for. Nonetheless "Hold It Down" was poised to expose Madball to a larger punk rock audience, one that was ready to swallow a dose of something a bit harder edged than what they were accustomed to. Unfortunately Madball was forced to disband, due to legal and band issues, in early 2001, shortly after the release of "Hold It Down", and was unable to take full advantage of their newly found audience.

Now, after a couple years off, Madball is back and ready to pick up exactly where they left off. Their new material can best be described as "Hold It Down x 100" and should be available sometime this year for release. They have already hit the road, satisfying a new generation of kids' need to see for themselves what this hardcore legacy is all about. With Freddy and Hoya running the show, Mitts (Skarhead, Rag Men) on guitar and Rigg (Skarhead, Rag Men, ex-Hatebreed) on the drums, Madball's uncompromising attitude and perseverance have undeniably paved the way for something special in 2004

There are MP3's on the site below.

Taken from www.madballnyhc.com

01-16-2005, 06:07 PM
Great band.

Good "article"(if you will) too.

01-16-2005, 06:19 PM
Really good article, never knew the story was that interesting. Will check out some mp3s, as I haven't heard any of their stuff for a long time.

01-16-2005, 06:21 PM
are they really influenced by rap or something because it shows in their music.

01-18-2005, 02:09 AM
Originally posted by reissued
are they really influenced by rap or something because it shows in their music.

hahha.... thats what you call NYHC style.

yeah madball is good... but not my cup of tea.

his bro roger miret known as god father of NYHC... aswell as rabiez from WARZONE. *hmmmm... old days

01-18-2005, 02:16 AM
yes, great BOTM, but eff that, i get febuary, you dont get both. :)

01-18-2005, 08:51 AM
Originally posted by reissued
are they really influenced by rap or something because it shows in their music.

Yeah they are, well living like a "street kid" in NY would do that to people. But it's extremly funny that on the Agnostic Front/Discipline split Roger says "I wrote this song about a scene that has invaded our scene, I fucking hate rap that shit is crap they do not like you. Don't buy their records 'cos you know they won't buy yours."

And fair enough Martyr, but you'll have to come up with something pretty special to follow Madball. ;)

01-18-2005, 06:58 PM
Madball is great. Nice one to follow up the awesome All that Remains.

01-23-2005, 08:51 AM
stuck! hehe. took some time, haven't been around too much ;)

01-23-2005, 02:21 PM
Nice pick. Madball is awesome.

01-26-2005, 09:58 PM
NICE! I gotta start looking for botm more often...

Here's to the city kids...

02-01-2005, 11:25 AM
I sent my friend some Madball and Terror songs... his response.....

"Dude... what is this? like... testosti-core?"

Regardless of the image, or the fact that you have to risk your life to see them live, Madball is awesome.

02-07-2005, 11:43 AM
Terror is ok too but Madball just owns live... I was there when they played in Arnhem, it was the hard shit, rough pit too.

if you like Terror too check out 'Find my way' by Terror, it has Freddy Madball on guest vocals.

some madball lyrics are legendary, the kinda lines like ' you bleed red like the rest '

02-20-2005, 09:35 PM
\m/ \m/ awsome band,great choice,gotta love NYHC

03-02-2005, 04:39 PM
madball own and are ****ing beautiful live


being from NYC i take pride in bands like madball and agnostic front... at least in terms of the hardcore scene

03-08-2005, 12:18 AM
Madball is good and I like them all, but they owe my friend's company $10,000 still for a shirt order they did a couple years ago and it almost put them out of business. That was some messed up stuff.

Pennywise 666
03-08-2005, 07:47 PM
Madball is awesome.

I have most of their albums.

I am tough.

03-23-2005, 07:36 PM
i'm going to see them for hte first time on april 14th my friends band called mainline adrenaline landed the opening spot for them

04-01-2005, 01:05 AM
Gagnsta ass hardcore fo sho.