Gordie Ball
Madball has become one of music's most forceful and brutal bands.

Madball lead singer Freddy Cricien says he's a man of many secrets. But one that the hard-core band's vocalist chose to reveal is that Coldplay is one of his favorite bands.

"I like their melodies," Cricien said by phone from his home in New York. "I like the way the songs sound. I put their albums on after one of our shows, and it helps me relax."

That's saying a lot about Cricien, who has made his mark on the New York hard-core music scene as one of the most forceful and brutal vocalists in one of the most forceful and brutal bands in the business.

Cricien, along with bassist Hoya Roc, guitarist Mitts and drummer Rigg Ross, will bring Madball to Club Sound on Thursday. Originally scheduled to be performed at the Lo-Fi Cafe, it was moved to accommodate the band's bigger show.

Madball is touring in support of its new album "Legacy," which followed the band's self-imposed two-year hiatus. "The songs were written within this break we took," said Cricien. "We had 99 percent of the songs done before we started recording. The lyrics were half-done, but I had an idea of what kind of lyrics I wanted to put to these songs.

"It was a natural process with making the album. We just did what felt right."

As for making sure the new record would make its mark after such an extended rest, Cricien said he did feel some pressure going into the studio. "We wanted to make the record of our career. We wanted to show that even as we have gotten older, we have not mellowed out."

Madball began writing songs after taking a tour of Europe and Japan a couple of years ago. The tour, he said, was amazing. "The response was overwhelming. It was incredible."

Formed by Cricien and his brother— Agnostic Front's lead singer Roger Miret — Madball broke out of the New York hard-core scene as a force to be reckoned with, establishing Madball as something more than just an Agnostic Front side band. Miret lovingly placed Madball into Cricien's hands and let his little brother take over. "I have to give props to my brother for helping me learn the ropes of the business. If it weren't for him, none of this would have happened.

"When recording 'Legacy,' (which also has a DVD), we wanted to show the world what it was like to be Madball in 2005. And with this tour, we're showing it."

If you go

What: Madball, Walls of Jericho, Misery Signals

Where: Club Sound, 579 W. 200 South

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

How much: $12

Phone: 328-0255

E-mail: [email protected]