Madball at The Underworld, London - live review

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Thanks to their relentless touring, it feels like Madball play the Underworld every other week. Had you never seen them before you might wonder why they continue filling the same venue with such regularity, but if you’ve experienced the New York hardcore legends before, you’ll know why people can’t get enough of their impeccable old-school attack. Vocalist Freddy Cricien doesn’t appear to have aged since he first set foot on the stage over two decades ago, still charging around and barking out classics like Set It Off, Pride and Look My Way like a bucking bronco. Soon the walls are dripping with sweat, the setlist has been ditched and Freddy is taking requests from the crowd. “Who came out to see us with Korn and Limp Bizkit?” he asks to a cheer, referencing last year’s arena tour. “Respect to those guys for giving us that opportunity, and respect to you if you liked what you saw on that big stage and decided to come check us out for the first time tonight.” If you didn’t, rest assured, they’ll be back soon.