"The Beast", the new Pedro Matos-directed video from New York hardcore legends MADBALL, can be seen below. The clip, which was filmed in Badalona, Spain while the band was on tour with Portugal's DEVIL IN ME, utilizes gritty backdrops and shots of the group's crushing stage performance.
Commenting on the video's guerilla style of filming (part of it apparently even taking place in the back of a moving vehicle), MADBALL frontman Freddy Cricien told CraveOnline.com, "In my opinion, those are the most fun videos to do, sometimes on the fly! You have to be creative both while you're filming and during the editing process. Pedro did a fine job! I chimed in with him about the direction of the vid and some backdrop ideas, but I let him run with the directing aspect."
According to Cricien, "The Beast" "is about going through the trauma of an anxiety attack. It's something a lot of us have unfortunately have had to deal with, me included. It's a different kind of song, lyrically, for MADBALL, but it's just like anything else we've written about... it's very real."
"The Beast" was the first single from MADBALL's new EP, "Rebellion", which was released digitally this summer via The BNB Label, a brand extension of Cricien's Black N Blue Productions group. The six-song effort contains four new tracks and newly recorded versions of two cuts from the band's legendary 1989 seven-inch single, "Ball Of Destruction". The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersberg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL).
"Rebellion" marked the first MADBALL recording with former UNEARTH and THE RED CHORD member Mike Justian, who has served as MADBALL's touring drummer for more than a year.
"Rebellion" EP track listing
01. Reap What You Sow
02. The Beast
03. Get Out ("Ball Of Destruction" re-recording)
05. My Blood
06. It’s My Life ("Ball Of Destruction" re-recording)