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Madball sticks to its guns and delivers yet another punch to the gut in the form of INFILTRATE THE SYSTEM. This NYHC mainstay sticks to its roots here, resulting in 13-hardened tracks displaying this quartet's life experiences of not only surviving in the forgotten, pre-Real World ungentrified NYC which spawned a groundbreaking hardcore scene still garnishing the utmost respect, but embodying its constant struggle alongside a handful of other stalwart acts. It's that kind of hardcore upbringing, stark honesty, and mastery of the style that propels the vicious guitar chugs and rage-ridden vocals found on "Set Me Free" and "Revolt" and sets off the dancefloor on cuts such as the lifestyle-justifying "The Messenger" or "No Escape". As always the case, what you get is what you see with this seminal outfit, and this time around it seems as if Madball hasn't lost touch with an ounce of the seething anger of its early works or the unconditional love for its hometown, heard on "Stand Up NY", a rousing track and a proper closer for an album of a band who proudly wear its heart on their wifebeaters and hoodies.
- Mike SOS