MADBALL - Rebellion - BnB Label
the opening bass line is ominous; lingering and low. A true NYHC sound like a heavy JUDGE line about to bring the storm. MADBALL brings 4 brand new songs and 2 oldies. The big question since RIGGS left is what up with a drummer. MACKIE lasted a minute, Weinberg didn't make the cut on tour... well the new kid, IGOR, is holding it down. tight. We get some killer fastbreaks and two step parts and of course breakdowns. MITTS and HOYA been killing it as they hone the MADBALL sound over the last 3 LPs. Legacy was so insanely good. Infiltrate the System and Empire (my review) were rather brutal for pits everywhere worldwide. So this is the same NYHC sound. There is a fresh element; focused and rejuvenated. FREDDY's lyrics continue to mature and his production ear is phenomenal. His work with ERIK RUTAN on Empire and AGNOSTIC FRONT's My Life, My Way (my review)
"Reap What You Sow"
that creepy crawl NYHC looming sound starts us out into a fast break that will incite pure melee on the floor. FREDDY continues his introspective lyrics of perspective; which may or may not be about a certain apologetic foe. Mid-song that bass line comes back to distill the pit to the true old school dudes. The rolling bass drums let you know MADBALL is in full swing.
a ripping riff that comes into that hardcore hip hop bounce MADBALL is known for (and pretty much created). Guitar elements of a LEEWAY or NYHC cross over comes in but the drums push the rhythm dead set ahead. The song is short and manages to balance the windmill sections and the fast ahead old school style.
an opening riff that MATT HENDERSON would be proud of, dips into an even heavier sound once the lyrics kick in. Another great HOYA bass line is the center piece here. The song commands the rebels and outcasts to eschew the fetters of society and "take charge". The breakdown in this song is vicious i expect venues will be shaken and crashed during this ending.
shows a slight different sound and influence. A chord progression and tuning is something not from the MADBALL mold. But with the arrangement and drum beats - it fits quite well and is cool.
"Get Out/My Life"
re-recorded classic and they sound awesome.
This is done DIY on the new FREDDY imprint, BnB Label. Which is why i assume the digital is out... but we are still waiting on that REAPER Records vinyl. MITTS is kicking ass at the helm of guitars here; i love what he is doing. FREDDY's voice is as intimidating and as strong as ever. HOYA gets some spotlight. and IGOR, again, is fitting right in.
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