Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Turn­stile, Ag­nos­tic Front, Ter­ror ■ This year marks 30 years of Madball, so it’s un­der­stand­able that their ninth album sees the band slow the pace down and delve into softer, acous­tic ma­te­rial which will doubt­less make those live sets a lit­tle less pun­ish­ing. Yeah, right. For The Cause is a full-body as­sault of an album, as fast and de­struc­tive as even the most vis­ceral of Madball’s pre­vi­ous records. Pro­duc­tion by Ran­cid’s Tim Arm­strong adds ex­tra fire­power to the New York­ers’ bruis­ing sound, and The Fog even sees the Cali punk chuck his own dis­tinc­tive, drawl­ing vo­cals into the mix. Else­where, Body Count’s Ice-t joins the crew for the sub-two-minute de­stroyer Evil Ways, drop­ping atomic F-bombs as he goes. With songs about broth­er­hood, war, loss and be­ing lit­er­ally gunned down by karma (ni­i­i­ice), it’s fair to say that time has done ab­so­lutely noth­ing to take the edge off one of New York’s most no­to­ri­ously ag­gres­sive bands. Good. JOHN LONGBOTTOM

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