Madball – Born Strong


Hardcore Lives is the eighth studio album by New York hardcore band Madball. It was released on June 27, 2014.

On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Madball had entered the studio to begin recording their upcoming eights studio album, which was scheduled for a mid-summer release. The band announced they were recording tracks with Ken Susi at System Recordings in Grafton, Massachusetts, and that additional recording would take place at Pinecrust Studios in Miami, Florida with Jonathan Nuñez. Also, the album would be mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who previously worked with the band on their 2005 album Legacy and their 2007 album Infiltrate the System.

On April 11, it was announced that the title of the upcoming album was Hardcore Lives, and that it would be released on June 27, 2014. Vocalist Freddy Cricien commented on the album title, saying:

“I shouted ‘Hardcore Lives’ on MADBALL’s first release, ‘Ball Of Destruction’. I was twelve then. It wasn’t pre-planned or written down… It was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then, there was no choice, really, not the way we were recording — two-track live at Don Fury’s… NYHC style! I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title. Sure, it’s about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. I’ve always felt that ‘we as a scene’ had to scream just a lil louder… to be heard! That said, ‘Hardcore Lives’, at least to us, is not just about a cool ‘catchphrase,’ it’s about that rebellious spirit that doesn’t give in… in life, music, whatever. It’s about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It’s about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It’s for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart.” — Freddy Cricien

“Born Strong” (feat. Candace Puopolo)