Local Wire

Madball

"God save me from my past and present sins," growls Freddy Cricien (rhymes with Christian) on the Kings of New York Hardcore's latest aggro epistle, "Heaven - Hell." Past sins include being an offshoot of a band you may have heard of called Agnostic Front, releasing albums that clock in under a half-hour, and recording a cover version of the Animals' "It's My Life" without learning the song. Present sins include making fans wait five years for a follow-up to Hold It Down, a pre-9/11 collection with the World Trade Center prophetically and eerily missing from its New York skyline cover. Despite Freddy's finding his faith, Legacy ain't all-out Christian hardcore, but more a thinking man's browbeat music, one that still has enough blood-boiling tough-guy posturing and pummeling ("For My Enemies"), yet still has space for diplomacy ("Adapt and Overcome"). Excuse me, "Adapt and Overcome"? Grrrwwwaaa!
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Serene Dominic
Contact: Serene Dominic