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Madball @ Gramercy Theatre (1/20/2012)

Madball has been a seminal N.Y.H.C. band for years since their original inception in 1988 and thanks to ties within the Agnostic Front family and continual activity they have held the banner high for the Hardcore music scene. Over the years I think I have seen the sum total of Hardcore shows that one could easily count on two hands but that does not mean I don’t like some of the stuff. I just don’t always have the chance to offer up coverage as I am not the best study of the scene nor always free to do so. Tonight’s show was a Black ‘N Blue Productions presentation and they are generally behind events of this kind. The gig was going to feature Maximum Penalty as direct support and also give the fans sets by The Last Stand, Suburban Scum and Dead End Path. I got there early enough to see everyone since I wanted to indulge myself in the whole scene properly. Scroll past the logo below to see the full concert report and photos.

Artist: Madball
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Maximum Penalty, Dead End Path, Suburban Scum, The Last Stand
Date: 1/20/2012
Label: Good Fight Records

I don’t generally get myself into Hardcore shows because while I have enjoyed some of the stuff presented by its greats over the years, I am just not the biggest study of it all at the end of the day. That made this evenings adventure all the more interesting as I headed into the Gramercy Theatre for the Black ‘n Blue Productions presentation of Madball. This legendary Hardcore band has been at the game since around 1988 and for this gig they would bring local Hardcore heroes Maximum Penalty along as direct support. There were three other bands on the bill as well with The Last Stand, Dead End Path and Suburban Scum. The price of admission was a mere $20 on the day of the show and that was even lower had you been smart enough to purchase an advance ticket. I got inside nice and early to absorb the whole night and here is how it went down.
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“Life and Times” by Maximum Penalty

Artist: Maximum Penalty
Title: “Life And Times”
Label: Reaper Records
Release Date: 2/10/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hardcore
Rating: 3.75/5

Growing up as an eighties Metal maniac I can freely admit that the whole NYHC movement was lost on me and as result so were many of its biggest defenders of their ideals in the band sense. Despite my own lacking in this area, the NYHC scene found a number of its luminaries stepping into music history and as result groups like Sick Of It All, Madball, D.R.I and many more are heralded as legends and believe it or not many of them are still active today. Much like the Metal scene has found happening over the course of its life, the NYHC scene had a number of waves to it and this brings us to the second wave and one of its more promising bands – Maximum Penalty. Formed in 1986 by singer Jim Williams, the band was more of a cross-over outfit and one that took the NYHC aesthetic and infused it with a healthy dose of Metal riffs, some Hip-Hop sense and even a dash of Punk for good measure. It might sound like a mess when one looks at the ingredients but like all recipes in music, when each part is used to proper measurement, the end result can be very interesting. A lot has transpired since the time that the band made their first appearance and after a few short years of inactivity they were back in action in 2004 doing tours and writing new material. This brings us to “Life And Times” which brings the band into the present and finds them to be one that has grown in musical style and influence as they deliver some solid melodies and continue to uphold their cause with a renewed sense of zeal.
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