Seminal New York City hardcore/metal band BIOHAZARD played its first show since the departure of bassist/co-vocalist Evan Seinfeld at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which was held June 10-12, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Scott Roberts, who played on the band’s 2005 “Means To An End” album and has been part of the BIOHAZARD extended family since, stepped in for Seinfeld when BIOHAZARD played Download and will perform with the band again on June 13 at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London. Guitarist Bobby Hambel, guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and drummer Danny Schuler will begin scouting for a permanent replacement when they return to the U.S.
Regarding the departure of Seinfeld, Hambel previously said in a statement, “We have a long history together, but it’s time for a change. We wish Evan well.”
Working with producer Toby Wright, BIOHAZARD has just completed its first new studio album in six years and the first with the original lineup since 1994’s “State of The World Address”. The LP will be released this fall, and will be followed by an extensive world tour, with concerts planned in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
“We had a great time recording this album and we’re psyched about it,” said Graziadei. “We’re really looking forward to having everyone hear it and to get back on the road to rip it up!”
“I think it’s one of the best albums we’ve ever done,” echoed Schuler, “so we’re ready to see what the future holds.”
In a May 2011 interview with “The Big Rock Show”, Graziadei stated about BIOHAZARD‘s long-awaited tenth studio album, “I think the reason we ended up kicking out a record of this stature is probably because we went on tour and played live first. There was no other reason — it wasn’t business, it wasn’t money; there’s not much money in this genre of music, especially with our career. It was more so to get a chance to rewrite history.
“People kind of wrote BIOHAZARD off. And one thing for me, personally, was I always wished that we could have gotten back together with Bobby and we never did. So that was important for us. And that brought us back into that live element of the band. It’s like we never stopped; we got on stage together and it was like we were 19 again. And we rocked it; it was awesome. That live energy made it so we were able to go back and be on the right foot going into the studio to make a record.”
“I think that we had some records that defined us in the past, and this record is gonna be the record that will rewrite history for BIOHAZARD in a lot of ways. It’s the meat and potatoes of BIOHAZARD, but there’s a growth… we stepped up in the songwriting… kind of what we have experienced over the years into BIOHAZARD without changing the sound of BIOHAZARD. It was difficult to continue to be satisfied as a musician and as an artist but yet remain true to what we have inside, and that transcribes in the writing. You still hear the passion, the angst and the energy that I felt and I hear when I listen to ‘Urban Discipline’ and some of our early records. But it’s just a step forward in a good way.”
On the songwriting process for the new CD:
“What we did is we went into the studio and we were in the studio for a couple of weeks and we kicked out 12 songs, and we were like, ‘Cool. Fucking awesome. This is gonna be easy. We know BIOHAZARD; we could do this with our eyes closed. And then we stepped back and we listened to everything, and we were like… I said to Danny, ‘It’s cool, and there’s really cool moments and I love a lot of the stuff, but if we take our time and we are brutally honest with each other and we go in and throw out anything that’s crap, anything that’s not 100 percent that we all four of us feel 100 percent about, we’re gonna make a record that’s gonna be a timely record; people are gonna appreciate that as the heart and soul of BIOHAZARD.’
“It was easy for us to go in and just kick out a bunch of cool, groovy riffs, but we threw those songs out, kept a couple of things here and there. It took a lot longer, but we made a record that is gonna be timely in our career, not a record that is just gonna be, ‘Oh, cool, it’s an excuse to tour.’ I think that in the past, sometimes we kind of settled on that for many reasons. But this record was more important to us than anything that’s going on in our lives — we all put our lives on hold and really took our time in being brutally honest with each other and made a great record.”
“It doesn’t really matter where the song starts from — it could be three of us sitting in a room, it could be two of us, one of us coming in with a demo, or someone could just have a riff — but wherever the song is born from, lyrically or musically, we all put it through what we call the “meatgrinder.’ We all put in our ideas — ‘What about this? What about that?’ — and we jam on the song and sometimes rip it apart, and sometimes it doesn’t need much work. But it’s the individual input that makes it BIOHAZARD. Pretty much any of us could write a solo record, but it’s the input of the other guys that makes what I write BIOHAZARD and vice versa for those guys.”
On collaborating with producer Toby Wright, who has previously worked with KORN, SLAYER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS, FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES, STONE SOUR and OZZY OSBOURNE, among others:
“Toby was great; he’s a great dude, and I’m looking forward to working with him again. He brought something to the table that no other producer has brought before. He stayed with us through thick and thin; no producer we’ve ever worked with has stayed with us for a year. And Toby, he was focused. He didn’t write anything, he didn’t do anything other than just say, ‘No, do it again.’ He helped us kind of organize everything and even though I’m a producer outside of BIOHAZARD and I have a studio here in L.A., it’s different when you produce your own band; you can’t do that. You have to have an objective person — an outsider and someone everyone respects that isn’t really tied to what you’re doing emotionally. So having Toby around, he was there every during the writing [process] and rehearsals, and it was great. It was the first time in our career that we had that much attention [from a producer]. But it was weird — it was kind of like having somebody there for support but without interjecting any ideas that would cloud up who you are. When we got into the studio, he stepped up on a different tip as far as a producer goes, and I learned a lot from him as a producer and as a musician; he really helped me individually — from singing and playing guitar to the way he recorded us. He’s a [good] communicator of ideas; [he would say] ‘I want it to sound like this,’ and he helped attain that. So it was great. We had a couple of disasters [that happened during the recording process], but that’s life.”