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Madball - Hardcore Lives

Gareth Pierce
Gareth Pierce 3 July 2014 at 15.33

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Punk veterans Madball return for album number eight with 'Hardcore Lives'. It is what it is, and it's alright.

Having first kicked arse onstage with half-brother Roger Miret and Agnostic Front aged just 12, Madball’s Freddy Cricien is a New York hardcore veteran of the purest pedigree. On eighth album ‘Hardcore Lives’, breakdown-heavy, tough guy hardcore from the era when punk and thrash combined continues to be the order of the day. It’s not as dated as might be expected, either. The steel-edged guitars always did forecast metalcore, and Cricien’s vocal delivery will leave you checking you haven’t put The Hell’s new album on by mistake. Another solid, dependable album from one of hardcore’s most solid, dependable bands.

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