Power of Metal.dk Review

Hardcore Lives
Style: Hardcore
Release date: 27 June, 2014
Playing time: 31:00

Not the genre I listen to most of the times at home, but every time Madball appears on a festival, it is a big party. With 'Hardcore Lives' they do indeed show that the hardcore scene still has a future.

Every song is a slam in your face and invites you to shout along. Especially a song like "Doc Marten Stomp" is the ideal song to sing a long with during a live performance. Freddy sounds like he never ages and together with the rest of the band they honor the typical NYHC style. To underline that the whole scene is about respect, family and friendship you hear some guest musicians on a few songs. On "True School" Scott (Terror) appears, "My Armor" is brightened up with Toby (H20) and Candace (Walls of Jericho) on "Born Strong". Especially the last one has a strong performance.

Although the album is perhaps not as strong as their real top album 'Set if Off', I really like it. Sure you can mention that there isn't a lot new compared with their earlier releases and you are right, but the short songs see to it that you never get bored. Before you think: that's enough, it's over and the next song starts.

Indeed hardcore lives and Madball isn't dead either.

01. Intro
Hardcore Lives
The Balance
Doc Marten Stomp
True School
The Here and Now
Nothing to Me
09. My Armor
10. Beacon of Light
11. Born Strong
12. Spirit
13. Mi Palabra
14. NBNC
15. For the Judged
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Distribution: Sony Music  (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 29 June, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/madballnyc