Freddy Cricien has been a part of the New York hardcore scene for most of his life, having performed onstage with his brother/Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret by the time he was 7 years old. And not only did he go on to form Madball, but also recorded their highly revered debut Ball Of Destruction, all at the age of 12. Since then, Freddy and Madball have continued to go strong, most recently releasing their new EP Rebellion via his own label Black N Blue.

In other words, not many could better evoke the spirit of NYHC better than Freddy Cricien. That’s why we thought it would be interesting to see which five NYHC albums the Madball frontman would pick as his favorite. So without further ado, click on the page numbers below to see which albums Cricien picked (along with favorite tracks) and what he had to say about the releases’ significance to the NYHC scene.