NYC legends MADBALL have announced a Belfast date at the iconic Limelight 2 for Friday 3rd October 2014. Their eight studio album ‘Hardcore Lives’ (out now via Nuclear Blast) was tracked & engineered by famed UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss (HATEBREED, AGNOSTIC FRONT, SOULFLY, TERROR, WHITECHAPEL). Part of the New York hardcore scene, Madball originated back in 1989, as a side project of the legendary outfit Agnostic Front. After signing with Roadrunner in 1994, Madball released a pair of straight-ahead hardcore full-length albums (1994’s Set It Off & 1996’s Demonstrating My Style) and touring steadily, the band built a sizeable fan base worldwide. Now a quartet consisting of Cricien, Henderson, Hoya, and new drummer John Lafata, the band take to the stage in The Limelight 2 on Friday 3rd October. Tickets for the show are on sale from all usual outlets.
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.“