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No Holds Barred: Live - Biohazard

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Biohazard / Live / Audio CD released 2000-05-08 at Roadrunner

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      16.02.2008 16:36
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      Biohazard's first live album (1997).

      I've always found live albums to be much more satisfying than compilations in offering a best-of assortment of tracks, and although I've never been a big Biohazard fan, this is a great collection of material from the first half of their career, the only real problem being that it's comparatively skimpy on the hardcore punk material and overly favours the rap rock. Recorded live in Hamburg to what seems to be an enthusiastic and presumably incredibly sweaty crowd response, this is the angry New York hardcore punks at their best, which isn't to say any of them are supremely talented (that would be silly), but the performance is noticeably more energetic than in the studio.

      The sound quality of this recording is pretty good, though it favours the vocals over the slightly stilted guitars and drums, and the bass can't be heard much at all. Of course, this isn't music that demands a polished production job to appreciate, but the band surprised me by making some interesting creative choices aimed towards cramming in more material in the form of something resembling an extensive medley, as tracks ten through fourteen cover a lot of ground in the space of just over five minutes. The 'Victory' segments bookend a stampede of edited cuts that work well together due to the similar, fast punk style, and to top it off, there's a Black Sabbath cover to follow, which is nicely disguised until the vocals come in, and proceed to be butchered in a manner only slightly inferior to Ozzy Osbourne's butchering on the classic original.

      Fans of Biohazard's rap-rock stuff will be pleased by the majority of the album, most notable in 'Urban Discipline,' 'Better Days' and 'Waiting to Die' that balance the two styles well, and there's a segment (track seventeen) in which the vocalists attempt to pay respect to their German audience by reading badly from a prepared speech of platitudes that they're clearly parroting rather than understanding, which I found quite amusing and perhaps had the opposite effect intended. The best thing about it is hearing those Brooklyn accents modulated to German.

      1. Shades of Grey
      2. What Makes Us Tick
      3. Authority
      4. Urban Discipline
      5. Modern Democracy
      6. Love Denied
      7. Business
      8. Tales from the Hardside
      9. Better Days
      10. Victory
      11. Survival of the Fittest
      12. Blue Blood
      13. Black and White and Red All Over
      14. Victory (Reprise)
      15. After Forever (Black Sabbath cover)
      16. Tears of Blood
      17. German Lesson #7
      18. Chamber Spins Three
      19. Wrong Side of the Tracks
      20. Waiting to Die
      21. These Eyes
      22. Punishment
      23. Hold My Own

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Shades Of Grey
      2 What Makes Us Tick
      3 Authority
      4 Urban Discipline
      5 Modern Democracy
      6 Business
      7 Tales From The Hard Side
      8 Better Days
      9 Victory
      10 Lot To Learn
      11 How It Is
      12 After Forever
      13 Tears Of Blood
      14 Chamber Spins Three
      15 Wrong Side Of The Tracks
      16 Waiting To Die
      17 These Eyes
      18 Punishment
      19 Hold My Own