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August 1st, 2012

PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #8 – Madball @ Hevy Fest 2012

In the latest installment of djent’s chuckled answer to sobriety and common sense, James Monteith of the mighty TesseracT tells you why you should go and see Madball this weekend. It makes sense.

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Madball are better than your favourite hardcore band.

I’m super excited about going to Hevy festival this week as it’s possibly my favourite festival line up all year: Meshuggah, Converge, Glassjaw, Will Haven, The Safety Fire, Hundred Reasons, Campus… and the kings of metallic hardcore, MADBALL. Oh yes.

The popularity of hardcore music and its more metallic strain in particular is possibly at an all time high in the UK right now – metal/hardcore weekender Ghostfest, sold out its 2700 capacity venue this year and UK bands like TRC and Your Demise are breaking into the wider rock sphere, which is huge achievement. On a global scale, US titans Hatebreed are filling massive theatres over the world with their beatdowns and earnest messages, and are over here playing just before Testament and Machine Head on the mainstage at Bloodstock. Now is the time for hardcore in the UK.

So anyway, if you’re a mosh-core/beatdown addict, you love your mosh pits, or quite simply, you’re loving the new wave of UK hardcore and going to Hevy, it absolutely essential you catch Madball. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that if you’re into hardcore and you do don’t watch Madball, it’s a grave show of disrespect. And I know how important ‘respect’ is in Hardcore!

For those that don’t know, Madball were formed originally as a side project in 1988 by some members of Agnostic Front and (I believe) were one of the first bands to introduce tight, punchy, precise metallic riffing into the genre, which is a staple combination in heavy music today. If they weren’t the first, they were definitely the first to get it perfectly right in my opinion. They pioneered this sound along with the likes Biohazard, Downset and Sick Of It All throughout the ’90s, and although I love all these bands equally, Madball were the slickest in terms of metal riffage.

1994’s Set It Off was the point where they mastered their formula, and is considered by some the definitive Madball record, but their subsequent releases benefit from killer modern production. Recent albums Infiltrate the System, Empire and Rebellion EP are a must listen. They have consistently put out killer records in their 24 years as a band, which is an achievement in itself, but their live shows are as relentless and brutal as they ever were and are unmissable.

Basically the point of this blog isn’t so much about telling people to respect a band who pioneered a sound that we all enjoy today… it’s saying that if you like this kind of music, you NEED to see this band live this weekend and you need them in your life.

Oh, and if you’re not at Hevy, go see them at The Underworld on Monday. No excuses!

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