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Old 12-19-2011, 03:56 AM
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Madball -- Anaheim, CA -- December 16th, 2011

In the late '80s the NYHC scene was thriving, with bands like Agnostic Front, Sick of it All, and Cro-Mags releasing some of the most glorified records in hardcore, however the NYHC scene we know today is much different. Now it has become the centerpiece of a much heavier style of hardcore that is largely inspired by none other than Madball. These days when a band says they take influence from NYHC they usually mean Madball. There's no doubt that they have inspired numerous bands across the states, including some of today's most successful ones, such as Hatebreed and Terror. With that said, I was unbelievably excited to see a legendary band playing at such a small venue.

I showed up early to make sure I would see the opening band, Soul Search. They released a crushing EP this year that takes a lot of elements from, you guessed it, NYHC. While waiting outside I noticed Nick Jett (Terror's drummer) hanging out and talking to people. After a while they opened the doors and I went in. Soul Search took the stage and unleashed fury upon those who were smart enough not to miss their set. They played all of the new EP, a couple songs from their demo, and two new ones. I'm glad I was able to see them; they're definitely one of the best bands in the scene right now.
  1. Stuck
  2. Depth
  3. Bury the Blame
  4. Me & Mine
  5. Burning
  6. Nobody's Nothing
  7. In the End
  8. Reasonable Doubts

Next up was Take Offense, another Southern California band. Going into the show I wasn't familiar with their material, so I don't know what they played, but they were pretty damn good. By the time they started their set more people were inside, and the crowd was pretty into them. Nick Jett did guest vocals on the last song. After seeing their set they may have very well turned me into a fan. I'm definitely going to give their new album a listen.

After Take Offense was Rotting Out. The venue was filling up now and it was clear that a lot of people were there to see them. Having never seen them before I was worried they might not play their old material, since they just released a new album this year. I was wrong. They busted out a lot of songs from This is Just A Life as well as the new ones. Wally had a massive stage presence and there were plenty of stage dives throughout their set. The energy in the room was insane. Seeing them live made me appreciate their new material a lot more and I really want to see them again.
  1. Street Prowl
  2. Suicide King
  3. Redeemer
  4. S.B.T.S.
  5. Iron Jawed Angel
  6. Kobe Bryant Lifestyle
  7. I Want A Disaster
  8. Goddamn
  9. City of Shame
  10. Positive Views
  11. Laugh Now, Die Later

Then it was time for what I really came for. Madball came out and opened with "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" and "Hold it Down". Honestly, I was surprised by the lack of energy by the crowd. For the few songs there were very few stage dives and not much movement up front. It wasn't until "Get Out" that the crowd really exploded and from that point on everybody kept up the intensity. They blazed through their set and soon enough they were on the last few songs. Toby from H2O came out to do guest vocals during "Pride (Times are Changing)". Although they only played for about 40 minutes it was incredible to hear some of my favorite songs live. It wasn't until I got outside that I realized I had lost my voice from screaming along. The only thing I'd change is add a couple more old songs to set. 40 minutes just isn't enough Madball for me. I'm hoping they come back around sometime next year, I will see them every chance I can!
  1. Can't Stop, Won't Stop
  2. Hold it Down
  3. Invigorate
  4. For My Enemies
  5. We the People
  6. Get Out
  7. Heavenhell
  8. Empire
  9. R.A.H.C.
  10. 100%
  11. It's My Life
  12. Smell the Bacon (What's With You?)
  13. Set it Off
  14. Infiltrate the System
  15. Demonstrating My Style
  16. All or Nothing
  17. Look My Way
  18. Nuestra Familia
  19. Hardcore Pride
  20. Pride (Times are Changing)
  21. Hardcore Still Lives!
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