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Maintaining urgency, authenticity and integrity has never been an issue for New York City's hardest and hardest working band, Madball. 25 years as a recording and touring entity, Madball brings forth its ninth aural chapter, For The Cause; a signature collection of lionhearted, groove-laden, street-level New York Hardcore. The aptly titled album doesn't so much revisit where the group has been since 1994 - although Madball released its first EP, Ball Of Destruction as a virtual Agnostic Front side-project back in 1989 - but forges forward and represents where the fellas find themselves collectively and personally a quarter-decade down the road. For The Cause sees the return to the fold of guitarist Matt Henderson, who hasn't appeared on a Madball album since 2000's Hold It Down.
Unique to this album is the stellar production work by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, who clearly helped express Madball's distinctive voice powerfully and dynamically without stepping on the trademark formula the band has forever carried, yet constantly seeks to improve upon. Danish studio veteran Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Dark Tranquility, Sick Of It All) skillfully handled mixing duties on For The Cause. Also, noteworthy are the various cameo appearances by some of Madball's friends, as well as several artists with whom the group shares a mutual respect; namely Pyscho Realm's Sick Jacken on the track "Rev Up," The Busineess' Steve Whale and producer Armstrong on "The Fog," plus legendary emcee Ice-T on the hardcore banger "Evil Ways."