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  BIOHAZARD
'Reborn In Defiance'
(Nuclear Blast)


Pippa Lang

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biohazard reborn in defiance

"Hardcore? Porn? Hardcore... Porn? Oh what to do?" Poor Evan Seinfeld. What a dilemma. To stay with Biohazard after recording 'Reborn In Defiance' or leave to indulge in a different kinda hardcore? Obviously, slapping his unruly member round the head as it screamed "me, me, meee!" didn't work, as Little Evan has won the debate. Seinfeld has, indeed, left to forge ahead with more hedonistic pursuits. Shame.

How can you not tour an album of this calibre, an album you've just spent months recording, submerging yourself in the 'zone' with your original Biohazard buddies (Graziadei, Hambel and Schuler) for the first time in eighteen years? A bit like saying "I didn't enjoy that at all." Anyway, Scott Roberts, much respected within the band (he played on 'Means To An End', but has contributed in pretty much every area of the band over the years), will fill Evan's shoes for the upcoming tour.

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Still ranting magnificently about life on their ninth studio album, but being careful not to be misconstrued, as they were in the early nineties (how can you accuse a band comprising two Jewish blokes of racism?), these days they're keeping any diatribes as straightforward as possible.

Sprinting out of the blocks with the pounding 'Vengeance Is Mine' and bellowing "you think you know me - fuck yeah!", it sounds like they're trying to save the world, 'Team America' stylee (oh no), but there's obviously something more meaningful going on here, some axe to grind. 'Skullcrusher', meanwhile, does exactly what it says on the tin, bludgeoning heads with thunderous, bleeding riffs. Submit, you bastards!

But 'Reborn In Defiance' is not all about rampant hardcore; it has so many layers, it'll take weeks to peel them all back. The overall brooding intent pays tribute to Biohazard's continuing, unstoppable evolution. The deep production courtesy Alice In Chains/Metallica/Korn producer Toby Wright has done Biohazard justice, creating a dark, syrupy texture fronted by a crunchy, industrial vocal mix.

The overall effect with total absorption? Some kinda sonic amphetamine… I don't mean because of the superficial battering-ram effect, but because the quality, skill, creativity and production creates an undeniably euphoric buzz. Bit like a Mustang on heat.

So, with Wright onboard, it's hardly surprising there are a few Alice In Chains-esque harmonies littering the album, particularly on 'Vows Of Redemption' and 'Waste Away'. Or that 'Decay''s chomping riff complements a menacing, Ministry vocal stylee embedded in radio chatter.

'Vows of Redemption''s meaty slide guitar (could be bass – either that or guitar with a deep bass effect) recalls the theme to 'True Blood', but much much heavier. An insidious, sleazy Cajun ambience, this would've made an interesting, alternative soundtrack to 'Deliverance' too (better than 'Duelling Banjos'), even when the AIC harmonies break into trademark hardcore rapping.

Such awesome dynamics seldom heard anywhere (even a little piano to top and tale), and what you have is some kinda nameless, unknown beast lurking in the bowels of Biohazard's fathomless swamp.

'You Were Wrong' and 'Season The Sky' surprise even further with yet another demonstration of Biohazard's infinite perspectives. The former epic encounter with their more contemplative side mooches about in those depths with its resigned but emphatic "I don't care...", the Arabic-flavoured guitar squirming about in the middle-eight; whilst the instrumental 'Season The Sky' delivers the album's gentle end-game with elegant, singing guitar tones.

Phenomenal. Ground-breaking, even. Oh Evan, what have you done..?

29.1.12





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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