Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

MADBALL For The Cause

By Nathan Dufour, Great White North
Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 1:27 PM


- advertisement -
MADBALL
For The Cause

2018, Nuclear Blast




Death. Taxes. Hardcore. These things keep coming back time and again forever circling like a pit of eventuality, and in the centre of it, arguably, is NY’s MADBALL. The band have been stalwart proponents of the form distinctly their own, the rallying cry of “Hardcore lives!” echoing over decades now. MADBALL are dependable. Even the most dependable workhorses need to stretch now and then, for the cause, of course.

For The Cause represents MADBALL at both their best and most perplexing, the band squarely still inside the box they drew themselves but this time the lines are blurred between a tried and true formula in hopes of artistic growth and, surely, personal maturity. Check out the serviceable clean singing present through the album as well, with third track “Freight Train” plainly eschewing the trappings of the genre with lyrics such as “I’m sick of talking about paying dues, it’s all a game fool, life changes the rules.” But does this invalidate the amount of heart present on For The Cause by seeming to take the piss out of the bravado MADBALL is known for? No. Does the sing songy nature and awesomely almost country tinged guitar solo potentially alienate longtime fans and new converts? Yes. And that’s the point. This is not the same band that demonstrated their style so many years ago.

“Tempest” finds Cricien in repose, wondering aloud if the world he has brought kids into is coming to and urging people to essentially be nice. And then, the old reliable MADBALL brings back the Doc Marten stomp with “Old Fashioned”, bringing thirsty riffs from old dogs trying to learn some new tricks and is easily a standout track on an album that is hard to digest. But hey, when did hardcore get soft anyway? No haircuts here, boys and girls. Oh and then it just gets weird.

Ice-T stops by to spit some bars (did I say it right) and it straight up slays. The protracted d-beat gives way to another cleanly sung (relatively) song. And it is intriguing. Tim Armstrong, who produced For The Cause, shows up in better form than he has in RANCID for literally years. And it seems, unfocused but with a strange precision.

Look, MADBALL has been MADBALL since Freddy Cricien was 12 years old or so, and I have read elsewhere complaints about his voice quality. Stuff it. The man is weathered, has seen more and done more than several others, and track “For You” is one of the best ballads I have ever heard and I do not say that nor use the word lightly and brings in shades of early AFI in terms of feeling and instrumentation (albeit a lot heavier).

For The Cause is a hard album. It is a hard album to love because musically and lyrically it diverges from the patented MADBALL formula and, honestly, it won’t be a release I reach for often when I want to listen to MADBALL. What it is, is a statement. The worth of that statement on the whole, well, I am not sure I am qualified to say. Give it a spin and decide for yourself.

3.0 Out Of 5.0


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
STEEL PANTHER In Portland, OR With Photos!
AMARANTHE Helix
SOILWORK Verkligheten
THE THREE TREMORS The Three Tremors
IRON MAIDEN Album By Album Book
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Get It Out
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The End Of Chaos
WARRIOR SOUL In Ottawa, Canada
BILLYBIO, THY WILL BE DONE In Ottawa, Canada
ALCATRAZZ Parole Denied: Tokyo 2017
VOIVOD The Wake
HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT, NEW YEARS DAY In Orlando, FL With Photos!
ACCEPT Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017
GENERATION AXE Tour In Clearwater, FL With Photos!
JOE SATRIANI In Sydney, Australia
Modern Art Featuring Ted Poley
HEAVEN'S TRAIL Lethal Mind
METAL CHURCH Damned If You Do
TED NUGENT The Music Made Me Do It
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH In Portland Photo Gallery
GHOST In Inglewood, CA With Photos!
ASHES OF ARES Well Of Souls
STRIKER, SKULL FIST, NO RESPITE In Essen, Germany With Photos!
UNEARTH Extinction(s)
WITHERFALL A Prelude To Sorrow
ARCHITECTS Holy Hell
RED DRAGON CARTEL Patina
ARTILLERY The Face of Fear
REVOCATION The Outer Ones
CATTLE DECAPITATION Medium Rarities
ARIA Proklyate Morey (Curse of the Seas)





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2019 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News