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Hardcore Lives [Extra tracks, Limited Edition]

Madball Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00JPWI47U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Hardcore Lives
3. The Balance
4. Doc Marten Stomp
5. DNA
6. True School
7. The Here And Now
8. Nothing To Me
9. My Armor
10. Beacon Of Light
11. Born Strong
12. Spirit
13. Mi Palabra
14. NBNC
15. For The Judged
16. The Beast - live
17. Spit On Your Grave 2014

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What a fantastic album! This has gotta be one of their best albums for years! Well recommended for anyone whose into Hardcore & Punk Rock! This album Rolls!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Ball don't back down 21 Aug 2014
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Great Album, Mad Ball just keep smashing out good albums. Some of the best production on an album too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Madball 12 Sep 2014
By Nicolai
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Pure hardcore, Pure Madball, Awesome record
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Aug 2014
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars HARDCORE WILL NEVER DIE ! 10 July 2014
By Donald Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
it's been 4 long years since Madball's Empire album and it's been worth the wait . While the past two releases had their moments , they were lacking something to me ; almost as if Freddy had writer's block and their revolving drummers didn't help. I found the Rebellion ep to be pretty tight and this album picks up where it left off. overall, this album sounds like all of the band members are firing on all cylinders. This is easily their best since Legacy , although it does not outshine that album in my opinion. We all miss the original Madball lineup from the 90's with Matt Henderson but times have changed ( pun intended ) and Madball needed to evolve with the game . Mitts thows down some heavy , punishing riffs here and Freddy Cricien sounds more impassioned than ever. Guest vocals from members of Terror, H20, and Walls of Jericho keep the album fresh and diverse . The album has a better flow than its predecessor with no weak tracks ..the only filler song is NBNC ( no body no crime ) , which is more like a joke song they threw in ; they've done these short songs before on DMS and Legacy . Similar to their bretheren in Agnostic Front , Madball change things up between old school hardcore , to oi / punk and Spanish , Merauder-like metal . Madball prove with this album that they are still young enough to deliver with the best of them but not quite old enough to relinquish the NYHC crown just yet .
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Madball is sick! 7 July 2014
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Madball is an awesome band and this may be their best album to date. If you don't get this record, you are only cheating yourself!
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5 stars) Hardcore does indeed live on...thanks to Madball 16 Aug 2014
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
Despite being overshadowed by the majority of the population thanks to the uprising of a batch of fellow New York-based hardcore stalwarts (including Sick Of It All and Prong), as well as some modern-day metallic-hardcore rockers (i.e. Sworn Enemy, et al.), and even a few New York-bred crossover hardcore/thrash titans (like Anthrax and Stormtroopers Of Death), NYC's Madball are actually every bit as good as the next band. They certainly have the instrumental skills and convincing delivery to rival anybody else -- that much is for certain on their new album, full-length number eight, 2014's "Hardcore Lives."

And in this day and age of innumerable hardcore subgenres (i.e. post-hardcore, melodic hardcore, and, most prevalently, metallic hardcore/metalcore), it is so refreshing to hear a band do hardcore the right way, the way it was meant to be played. As such, you can expect lots of visceral aggression, very little technicality involved in the musical arrangements, straightforward song structuring, and only just enough melody to be memorable on this record. It's almost as if Madball are saying to the rest of the world: "This is hardcore, and anybody that does anything less than this is just imitating." All told, it seems like a heartfelt "thank you" very well-deserved from the heavy music world to frontman Freddy Cricien and Company.

The album's "Intro" track is exactly that: A very thrashy and even-more catchy instrumental opener with headbanging, fist-pumping chugging that is sure to get many-a-pit revved up. And it flows right into the record's rousing title cut, a mean, heads-down bruiser with thrash-derived pacing, picking, and raging vocals. "The Balance" is the first instance, here, where the rhythm section is really fleshed-out and allowed some time in the limelight, what with its pounding double-kick drumming and grumbling bass lines. But even without these two attributes, said song would still be a keeper on account of it being a blistering mosh pit anthem that also features fiery guitars and memorable, call-and-response vocal patterns.

"Hardcore Lives" then continues in this bass-driven fashion with "Doc Marten Stomp," another bass-heavy bruiser. But this one differentiates itself from the rest of the pack on account of it also being highlighted by some backing vocals that could almost verge on being called "borderline clean." And next up after that, we get "DNA," which plays almost like full-on Nineties thrash, what with its scalding, buzzsaw-fast picking and smashing skins. With that said, though, the tune does retain some of Madball's patented hardcore attitude, as it does not forsake the use of chugging, gut-checking hardcore punk breakdowns and chanted, constipated yelling.

Track six, "True School," is an even bigger standout still, as it boasts a guest spot from Terror's Scott Vogel. And needless to say, he really helps to make this one unforgettable exercise in blistering and brutal, pain-inflicting hardcore-tinged thrash, and one that is home to some extra-memorable and ferocious vocals. The next two songs after that find Madball again delving back into their traditional hardcore sound, as "The Here And Now" and "Nothing To Me" are both heavily reliant on the almighty chug and breakdown. (But two more really memorable and empowering choruses help to make sure that these two cuts are both better-than-your-average page out of the hardcore playbook.)

"My Armor" might be relatively brief, as it clocks in at only ninety-seven seconds in length, but it nevertheless still packs one mighty forceful punch. It is a very, very Pantera-esque scorcher that opens with Cricien hollering "1,2,3,4" before diving headfirst into a rip-roaring river of blistering thrash riffage and pummeling drums. And what's more, but "My Armor" also utilizes a cameo from not one, not two, but three guest vocalists: Toby Morse, Chad Gilbert, and CM Punk, and does so to excellent effect. (There are some truly unforgettable vocal stylings in the song's choruses.) And some solid bass work (i.e. grumbling bass fills) also highlights the arrangements, here, as well.

"Beacon Of Light" might be another speedy, and ultra-abrasive number with grinding guitar licks and catchy, chanted vocals; but it is overshadowed by the three standouts that come next. "Born Strong" (which features Candace Puopolo on vocals) is a scathing assault of machine gun-fast riffing/drumming, clangy bass lines, and bellowed, chant-along vocal refrains; while the next two after that are both pieces of Latin-music-inspired metalcore. Indeed, both "Spirit" and the bass-driven "Mi Palabra" are fiery, thrashy jaunts home to Spanish-sung (or, more accurately, shouted) lyrics, thus evoking memories of Sepultura's "Chaos A.D." days.

"H.L." serves up two final gems as a grand finale. The first of which, "NBNC," is a scant, twenty-seven-second long blast of hooky, staccato riffing and impressively acrobatic, near blast beat-esque drumming; whereas the second, "For The Judged" is one final mosh-pit stoking bludgeon that smells strongly of Biohazard influence. It is one super abrasive bugger, that's for sure, and is backed by solid, locomotive chugging and quick, pounding thrash beats.

"Hardcore Lives" is one darn solid record, and one that can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Ringworm and Nausea in order to be a leading contender for the much-sought after "Hardcore album of the year (2014)" category. After all, Madball might not exactly be spring chickens anymore (in fact, with a quarter of a century under their belts, they are actually pretty old). But none of that matters because they are still on the top of their game. And so long as they continue playing to their strengths (lean, mean hardcore with a strict diet of red meat and potatoes), they will always keep releasing albums that are of this strong magnitude.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Madball. 3 Sep 2014
By Stuart Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
You know what you are going to get with their albums. It's their usual themes of brotherhood and defiance and being true to yourself. All well and good, but after 3 listenings, I can't find anything that makes this release unique in any way for them. And I always could with their prior albums. Each had a unique flavor and some variations in the songs. There were always several songs that really stood out with special qualities, whether it was the music or the lyrics.

Admittedly, a part of my disappointment may have come from a build up of anticipation caused by the lack of availability of the CD here on Amazon except as an import or digital download. I waited a couple of months before breaking down and ordering it through their own site. After all that time, it was a bit anti-climactic.

Worth owning, but hardly their best.
5.0 out of 5 stars A little insight in purchasing the new album 31 July 2014
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Madball's follow-up to 2010's Empire is a juggernaut of pure hardcore, so fans aren't doing themselves any favors passing this up. You may notice that only the import from Nuclear Blast is available here on Amazon. It's fine if you don't mind paying extra, but I recommend getting it straight from their Black N Blue site. The cd comes in a jewel case and it has the same tracks as the digipak version Nuclear Blast put out. For more than 25 years, Madball has delivered the goods. No matter which version you get, Hardcore Lives is recommended.
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