New York hardcore legends MADBALL recently spent five days at the Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersberg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL) recording their new EP, “Rebellion”, to be released later this month via The BNB Label, a brand extension of frontman Freddy Cricien‘s Black N Blue Productions group. The six-song effort contains four new tracks and newly recorded versions of two cuts from the band’s legendary 1989 seven-inch single, “Ball Of Destruction”.
“Rebellion” marks the first MADBALL recording with former UNEARTH and THE RED CHORD member Mike Justian, who has served as MADBALL‘s touring drummer for the past year.
Speaking to AOL‘s Noisecreep, MADBALL vocalist Freddy Cricien stated about the process of re-recording 23-year-old material, “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.”
He added, “We recorded ‘Ball Of Destruction’ at Don Fury‘s studio on two 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 for this new EP.”
“Rebellion” EP track listing
01. Reap What You Sow
02. The Beast
03. Get Out (“Ball Of Destruction” re-recording)
05. My Blood
06. It’s My Life (“Ball Of Destruction” re-recording)
“My Blood” audio stream at MassAppeal.com
“The Beast” audio stream at AOL‘s Noisecreep
According to Cricien, “The Beast” “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.”
An eight-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the “Rebellion” recording sessions can be seen below.