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Posted on February 12, 2008

Ferret/Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of Madball to their family of artists. Madball, the pinnacle of New York hardcore will record their upcoming album in May with production from Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Throwdown). The album ‘Legacy’ will be released Aug 1st after the band finishes The Sounds Of The Underground tour this summer (alongside Opeth, Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die, High On Fire and others). Madball, who have carved their own place in the hierarchy of hardcore features Freddy Cricien on vocals, brother of Roger Miret (Agnostic Front). Originally the group was Agnostic Front with Freddy in the front spot, all at the ripe age of twelve years old! The group re-tooled with new members including mainstay Hoya on bass and released classic albums on Roadrunner Records such as Set It Off and Demonstrating My Style while in their teens. The band’s last full-length Hold It Down was on Epitaph Records and marked the band’s most mature release combining their previous fury with a more tempered attack. Label Pres, Carl Severson says of the band: í¢ä‰åñI remember skating back from Vintage Vinyl in NJ with Mike Olender (future vocalist of Burnt By The Sun) after picking up the first Madball EP on vinyl. I couldn’t wait to get home and play it, I’ve bought every album since and I still feel the same, I can’t wait to hear the new album! Ferret is a young, aggressive label and Madball is still a young, aggressive band ready to take over the world.í¢ä‰åŒ Cricien echoes this sentiment í¢ä‰åñFor the first time I feel like we are on a label that gets the band. Ferret comes from the same scene we do, they are fans and they have a lot of passion for what they do.í¢ä‰åŒ Cricien, who took time off from Madball to exorcise his musical demons with Hazen St. (feat members of H20 & New Found Glory) is back spreading the hardcore reality with Hoya, Mitts (guitar) and Rigg Ross (drums). Speaking of the new Madball material, Cricien says í¢ä‰åñTo the fans, personally I feel like it’s our best material. It’s still heavy, it’s still in your face and talks about real life, but it also has groove and really heavy production.í¢ä‰åŒ


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