FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei of the seminal New York City hardcore/metal band BIOHAZARD. You can now watch the chat in six parts below.
In a recent interview with Sweden’s Metalshrine, Graziadei stated about the departure of bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld, “It dropped like a bombshell. It kind of came up from left field. We finished tracking the [new BIOHAZARD] record in late February and really didn’t have much contact with him that much. Everything was through management and I was working on the mix with [producer] Toby [Wright] and some additional overdubs and different ideas and some piano and keyboard stuff. Then a couple of weeks ago he calls up and says, ‘I can’t do it anymore!’ He’s got a bunch of personal stuff and it’s mostly secret. But it’s personal between… it’s what’s going on in his life, but he made a decision and we weren’t happy about it, but we made our decision to continue and keep going. It would be great if he was here and I know he’s proud of the record and as happy as it came out as we are. We were all there and made it together and focused equally on it, but rather to let it die out, we said, ‘You know what? Fuck it! We’re all psyched and happy and even though things are different it doesn’t mean much has changed!’ The heart and soul of the band is still intact and we’re gonna continue.”
When asked about how bassist/vocalist Scott Roberts, who played on the band’s 2005 “Means To An End” album, is working out as Evan‘s temporary replacement, Billy said, “He’s great! He was the guy [that joined BIOHAZARD] after Bobby [Hambel left]. It took us a long time to find him, but we knew him and he filled in for us at the last minute, but he stepped up and did it. It was a tough obstacle to overcome but we did it. We played Download [festival in England], which was cool and the next day we played the Metal Hammer boat and that was a phenomenal show! All the kids were like, “Wow!” and even the editors of the magazine were like… and they’ve been doing this for ten years and in the past three of four years with ANTHRAX and HELLYEAH and they were like, ‘Nobody’s rocked the boat like you guys did!’ It was cool! What happens in the future when I go home, we’ll sort that out, but right now I’m just here to talk about the [upcoming BIOHAZARD] record [which will be released this fall via Nuclear Blast Records].”
2011 Download festival performance: