Eindhoven Distortion conducted an interview with vocalist Freddy Cricien of New York hardcore legends MADBALL when the band played the Dynamo Outdoor festival on August 29, 2010 in Eindhoven, Holland. You can now watch the chat below.
MADBALL will release its new album, "Empire", on October 12 via Good Fight Music. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan, who has previously worked with MISERY INDEX, CANNIBAL CORPSE and GOATWHORE, among many others.
A track from the forthcoming album, "‘R.A.H.C.", is now available for streaming on the MADBALL MySpace page.
"Empire" track listing:
02. Danger Zone
04. All Or Nothing
05. Glory Years
07. Shatterproof (feat. Roger Miret)
08. The End
09. Con Fuerza
11. Hurt You
12. "Tough Guy"
13. Dark Horse
14. Spider's Web
Regarding the new album's title, Cricien previously stated, "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, whereas 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." He continued, "We get this reference that we're kings of New York."
"There are plenty of awesome bands that have come out of the city. AGNOSTIC FRONT are the godfathers of New York hardcore, SICK OF IT ALL are one of the undisputed champs of the scene... we were always known as more of the bad guys, but now people are calling us the kings. It's not a title we gave ourselves and it's not that we call ourselves that, but it's just a term of endearment and respect that people use and it plays into the name 'Empire'.
According to Cricien, fans of MADBALL should expect the sound that they have always loved, but some evolution as well. "There's a certain sound that we're known for, and as much as we want to evolve with the times, we also have to keep in mind that there's a certain standard and integrity with MADBALL, and we have to preserve that," he said. "Real-deal hardcore kids totally appreciate that. That said, the foundation always has to be a certain sound, but we always bring new elements into our sound. There has to be some evolution. It might appeal to people outside of the hardcore realm, but in the end, it's going to be a MADBALL record."