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Freddy Cricien (Florida, USA), brother of Agnostic Fronts Roger Miret, was inevitably influenced by his imposing sibling, and his own band Madball operated in a similar all-out hardcore vein. Cricien had made his debut at an Agnostic Front show at the age of seven, when visiting his New York-based brother, climbing on stage to offer a rendition of the Animals Its My Life. Eventually, he moved to the US capital, spending much time at the citys home for hardcore, CBGBs. It was Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front who gave him his nickname, Madball, after provoking the young Cricien to the point where his face resembled such an object.
When Madball was formed in 1988, the line-up included Cricien and three members of Agnostic Front, brother Roger on bass, Stigma on guitar, and Will Shepler on drums. Their first release, the Ball Of Destruction EP, was unveiled in 1989 on In-Effect Records, and is now a...