Hardcore Lives

Hardcore Lives
Studio album by Madball
Released June 27, 2014
Recorded March 2014 at System Recordings, Grafton, Massachusetts; Pinecrust Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 31:55
Madball chronology
Hardcore Lives

Hardcore Lives is the eighth studio album by New York hardcore band Madball.[1][2] It was released on June 27, 2014.[3][4]

Background and history

On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Madball had entered the studio to begin recording their upcoming eighth 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.[5]

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[6][7]

On April 25, a lyric video for the song "DNA" was released.[8] On April 30, an in-studio trailer was released.[9]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   1:13
2. "Hardcore Lives"   2:06
3. "The Balance"   2:49
4. "Doc Marten Stomp"   3:23
5. "DNA"   2:29
6. "True School" (featuring Scott Vogel) 2:13
7. "The Here and Now"   2:20
8. "Nothing to Me"   2:51
9. "My Armor" (featuring Toby Morse, Chad Gilbert, and CM Punk) 1:37
10. "Beacon of Light"   1:59
11. "Born Strong" (featuring Candace Puopolo) 2:13
12. "Spirit"   1:52
13. "Mi Palabra"   2:08
14. "NBNC"   0:27
15. "For the Judged"   2:15
Total length:
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
16. "The Beast"   2:09
17. "Spit on Your Grave 2014" (Rerecorded from Set It Off) 1:51
Total length:




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  3. Schreurs, Jason. "Madball Hardcore Lives review". Alt Press. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. McNamara, Colin. "CD Review: Madball - Hardcore Lives". Reflections of Darkness. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. "MADBALL Begins Recording New Album". Blabbermouth.net. March 10, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  6. "MADBALL To Release 'Hardcore Lives' Album In June". Blabbermouth.net. April 11, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  7. "Freddy Cricien interview". Loudwire. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. "MADBALL: 'DNA' Lyric Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  9. "MADBALL: 'Hardcore Lives' In-Studio Trailer Available". Blabbermouth.net. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
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