One look at the biographies on this website makes it evident that Nu Metal is a style of music that few like and many probably abhor. Bands like KORN, SLIPKNOT and LIMP BIZKIT are lamented for being considered Metal but mixing an unwelcome element of Rap and Hip-Hop to the scene. For me however, the inception of this unbearable mix of incongruent music was when I first heard BIOHAZARD. The up and down sway of school yard sounding rap mimicking was enough to turn my stomach. On their newest release “Means To An End” the band has progressed little to make me change my mind.
“The Fire Burns Inside”, the second track on the record is a perfect example of why I have no desire to listen to BIOHAZARD. Starting out with a decent Hardcore/Metal riff, the band then goes into their inane, machismo musical manifestation of Down For Life (the philosophy of the band which is simple…take care of yourself…wow that is deep!!) The sway of this song drives me absolutely mental, grating my ears with its aggravating back-and-forth cadence. I’m obviously not going to pull punches here, I cannot stand this band. “Filled With Hate” is also replete with another of BIOHAZARD’s habitually annoying traits: bellowed choruses. Holy shit, it’s as if they are constantly in need of putting up the front of how incredibly tough and mean they are. Well, many bands may have a gimmicky façade (Black Metal is overflowing with it) but BIOHAZARD put it out front in the hope of it showing the kids just how serious they are about real life. One rule, which is very rarely broken for my taste in Metal, is that back-up choruses are utter shit. BIOHAZARD are here to prove their mettle by everyone in the band screaming their overwrought angst. Look, I sympathize with their social concerns, but Metal is about music for me and I cannot get by the near juvenile attempt to perpetually sound pissed off that is the band’s musical choice to deliver their sentiments.
Plenty of Metal is repetitive, no one would argue that. But each band differs in their recurring compositions and themes and I take each band as they come. I don’t think it will shock anyone to say I’m not quite a fan of BIOHAZARD’s reverberations at all. I don’t like their watered down hardcore, I don’t like their quasi Metal and I sure as hell don’t care for their attempt at Brooklyn Rap. (Online February 22, 2006)