The third trailer for “For The Cause”, the upcoming album from New York hardcore veterans MADBALL, can be seen below. Due on June 15 via Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2014’s “Hardcore Lives” was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (RANCID), who is also featured on one song on the album. It was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Tue Madsen (MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. Former MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson laid down the guitar tracks in the studio, but will not join the group on tour.
MADBALL recently revealed that legendary rapper, actor and frontman Ice-T (BODY COUNT) guests on one track on “For The Cause”.
Commented Ice-T: “It’s an honor to record with the legendary MADBALL. BODY COUNT draws its closest similarities to New York hardcore. This is a natural.”
Added singer Freddy Cricien: “It’s truly an honor to have Ice-T on our record! I grew up on his music from his early hip-hop stuff till now. He’s an iconic figure but also a ‘class act’; you don’t always get both at once. Ice has a great respect for New York hardcore and MADBALL, means the world. This was meant to happen…. real recognizes real.”
Last October, MADBALL parted ways with longtime guitarist Brian “Mitts” Daniels. The New York outfit called the split “a very hard and heartbreaking decision for all involved.”
“For The Cause” track listing:
01. Smile Now Pay Later
02. Rev Up (feat. Sick Jacken)
03. Freight Train
05. Old Fashioned
06. Evil Ways (feat. Ice-T)
07. Lone Wolf
08. Damaged Goods
09. The Fog (feat. Tim Timebomb & Steve Whale)
10. Es Tu Vida
11. For You
12. For The Cause
13. Confessions (bonus track; CD and LP only)
The original version of the “For The Cause” title track was released last September via the “Family Biz” split seven-inch single, which saw the Cricien-fronted outfit joining forces with Pennsylvania’s blue-collar-core heroes WISDOM IN CHAINS.