BIOHAZARD (1988–2005). Evan Seinfeld (vocals, bass), Billy Graziadei (vocals, guitar), Bobby Hambel (guitar, replaced by Rob Echeverria, replaced by Leo Curley, replaced by Carmine Vincent, replaced by Scott Roberts), Danny Schuler (drums).
Biohazard were one of the few metal bands, along with Anthrax, to posses a keen appreciation for rap music as well as crunchy metal riffs. Unlike Anthrax, Biohazard were more willing to commit themselves to incorporating rap more regularly into their sound. The band came across as a bunch of Brooklyn street toughs who would almost rather rob you than play for you. But this added a gritty edge to the band that incorporated hip hop beats with heavy vocals, going so far as to even do their own version of the Anthrax/Public Enemy duet, with their collaboration with the rap groups Onyx on the metal version of that group’s hit “Slam” (which was a fairly hard song to begin with). They also played together on the quintessential rap/rock hybrid movie soundtrack “Judgment Night,” which showcased the in-concert ferocity for which the group had become revered. New World Disorder in 1995 was probably the peak of the band’s career.
Evan Seinfeld went into an unjustly deserved purgatory, when he joined the VH1 “Supergroup” show, along with Scott Ian of Anthrax and Ted Nugent. Still, at their peak, Biohazard were one of the hardest, hippest, and most urban of the rap/metal hybrid bands. Seinfeld, a metal punk legend, also made notable appearances on the gritty HBO prison drama “Oz.” It seems as though Biohazard were too left field at the time for many bands that preferred the simulated rap metal of groups such as Limp Bizkit as opposed to bands who actually walked the walk and talked the talk.
Discography: Biohazard (Maze, 1990); Urban Discipline (Roadrunner Records, 1992); State of the World Address (Warner Music Group, 1994); Mata Leao (Warner Music Group, 1996); No Holds Barred [Live in Europe] (Roadrunner, 1997); New World Disorder (Mercury, 1999); Tales from the B-Side (Orchard, 2001); Uncivilization (Sanctuary Records, 2001); Kill or Be Killed (Sanctuary Records, 2003); Means to an End (SPV, 2005); Live in San Francisco (2BI, 2007).