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New World Disorder - Biohazard

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Biohazard / Enhanced / Audio CD released 1999-05-24 at King

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      16.02.2008 17:30
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      Biohazard's fifth album (1999).

      The roughly-defined beginning of the second half of Biohazard's career is rather a disappointing one, abandoning all traces of the energetic hardcore punk of their earlier days in favour of endless songs featuring the same style of slow riffs and breakdowns that even ventures into unintentional self-parody with the song 'Breakdown,' which couldn't be more stereotypical of their perceived approach if it tried.

      There's even less rap here than before, which is weird considering its generally rising prominence and popularity in their previous albums, which begs the question of what exactly is left if most of the rap and punk elements have been eradicated. The answer is repetitive hardcore with occasional hip hop rhythms and verses, which never makes the anticipated leap into a faster tempo but frequently slows down when least necessary to offer a couple of heavy grunge songs in the form of 'End of My Rope' and 'Cycle of Abuse,' throwing out some reasonably enjoyable riffs and reminding me of Testament's slower offerings, but ultimately being a poor substitute for something more substantial.

      Even the guitar performance has become entirely devoid of interest, the solos now sounding squeaky and irritating rather than inexplicably cool, but I was glad to hear the resurgence of the unison shouting chorus in songs like 'Resist,' a nice reminder of the band's early days amidst this collection of "nu" mediocrity. That's not to say that the band has entirely lost direction, and songs like 'All for None' are as vicious as ever, but this feels like a comparatively lazy album lacking in ideas, which tries desperately to squeeze in some rap at the end in the form of the unconvincing 'Dogs of War' and the all-out rap of the title track featuring some high-voiced guy called Sticky Fingaz, whose rhymes are embarrassingly poor. But what would I know, I can't even spell rymez.

      1. Resist
      2. Switchback
      3. Salvation
      4. End of My Rope
      5. All for None
      6. Breakdown
      7. Inner Fear On
      8. Skin
      9. Camouflage
      10. Decline
      11. Cycle of Abuse
      12. Dogs of War
      13. New World Disorder

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Resist
    2 Switchback
    3 Salvation
    4 End Of My Rope
    5 All For None
    6 Inner Fear On
    7 Abandon In Place
    8 Skin
    9 Camoflage
    10 Decline
    11 Cycle Of Abuse
    12 Dogs Of War
    13 New World Disorde