As previously reported, Freddy Cricien and company are releasing a NEW EP later this month! Entitled 'Rebellion', the band rejoined forces with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL) and laid down the law at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. The EP will be released through The BNB Label, a brand extension of frontman Freddy’s Black N Blue Productions group.
The 6-song EP features four NEW tracks and newly recorded versions of two cuts from the band's legendary 1989 7", 'Ball of Destruction'. "I was 12 when we did that original recording, and I don't have the best memory when it comes to a lot of things, but I do remember that session," commented Freddy Crician (vocals). "We recorded 'Ball of Destruction' at Don Fury's studio on 2-tracks, live, with no overdubs. You went there, paid him a few hundred dollars and bang everything out. That session had me, Vinnie Stigma (Agnostic Front) on guitars, my brother Roger (Miret, Agnostic Front) on bass and Will Shepler (ex-Agnostic Front) on drums. We also had Craig Setari (Sick of it All) and Mark Ryan (Supertouch) on backing vocals. As gritty as the original recording was, it was cool to be able to go in and re-record a couple of the tracks ("Get Out," "It's My Life") for this new EP," says Cricien.
'Rebellion' marks the first Madball recording with drummer Mike Justian (ex-UNEARTH & THE RED CHORD), who took over the drum throne following the departure of Jay Weinberg (who recorded Madball's latest recording 'Empire').
Here is what Cricien had to say about "The Beast," one of the four NEW tracks Madball recorded for 'Rebellion': "That one is about going through the trauma of an anxiety attack. It's something a lot of us have unfortunately have had to deal with, me included. It's a different kind of song, lyrically, for Madball, but it's just like anything else we've written about... it's very real." Click here to listen to "My Blood" (courtesy of Mass Appeal)
1. "Reap What You Sow"
2. "The Beast"
3. "Get Out" (Ball of Destruction re-recording)
5. "My Blood"
6. "It's My Life" (Ball of Destruction re-recording)
In other Madball news, the band will be performing at the CBGB Festival with NYHC legends AGNOSTIC FRONT! The event will take place on Thursday, July 5th at Webster Hall in New York City! Tickets are on sale on now, click HERE to get yours while supplies last. Please check back then.
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