I was expected a murderous follow-up of their 92’s “Urban Discipline”. You know, ’92 – ’12, it was a seven years gap between their eight and ninth studio album, we’re living kind of strange, sometimes twisted and dangerous times, I guess I actually missed pretty badly the bold power of some grinding tracks as “Punishment” was. “Vengeance Is Mine” have something from that spirit, but something still missing. And few tracks further kind of disappointment taking over the hopes and although “Reborn In Defiance” sounds cutting and strong, Biohazard seems to became too slow, too predictable, eventually to conservatives.
And the dilemma remains the same: Metal or Hardcore?
“Reborn In Defiance” sounds heavy and pounding, but grinding quite slowly and somehow it feels like they can’t get the right tempo, the groove is kind of outdated, surpassed. Reminds me of Anthrax of the 90s, the riffs, the breaks, the choruses are quite similar to that hardcore influenced thrash metal. I love that s*it, it’s great and so on, but in 2012 it seems odd and eventually not quite enough to kick some asses. The whole album have this retro taste and “reborn” becomes synonymous to “repack”.
02. Vengeance Is Mine
05. Killing Me
06. Countdown Doom
07. Come Alive
08. Vows of Redemption
09. Waste Away
10. You Were Wrong
12. Never Give in
13. Season the Sky
Early 2008 the original bandmembers Billy Graziadei, Danny Schuler, Bobby Hambel and Evan Seinfeld got it together and rehearsed together for the first time in many years.
Next year Biohazard played some highly celebrated shows in their original line-up. “It felt as if we had never quit. We stood on stage and felt just like back in the days. This very energy allowed us to write new songs together“, commented Billy. They signed a contract with the German Nuclear Blast Record and went into the studio with Toby Wright (Slayer, Alice In Chains, Fear Factory, Soulfly) to work on their comeback album.
The exit of Evan Seinfeld – former bass player and singer of the band – came unexpectedly, but seems reasonable. Biohazard unfortunately didn’t managed to deliver their best, only to warm up their memories by recycling most of the out-dated metal and hardcore cliches.