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State Of The World Address - Biohazard

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Biohazard / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 1994-05-02 at Warner

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      16.02.2008 14:04
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      Biohazard's third album (1994).

      Opening with the self-important declaration "It's the State of the World Address, motherf--" it was immediately obvious that Biohazard's third album wasn't going to be entirely my cup of tea. On the positive side, there's an increase in the thrash metal influence that comes along with the greater rap elements, and the whole thing is a lot more successfully fused than previously, properly defining the band's sound for the first time. On the negative side, this really isn't an album for those who dislike hip hop in general, as a guest performance from the guy from Cypress Hill who opens 'Tales from the Hard Side' by declaring that he is indeed the guy from Cypress Hill, not to mention the similarly overlong rap intro of 'Five Blocks to the Subway,' only end up reminding me of some of the reasons I've never enjoyed hip hop, which is weird as I expected its influence here to be more from the heart.

      The best songs for rock fans are the heavier offerings such as 'Down for Life' and 'What Makes Us Tick,' which respectively remind of eighties thrash bands Anthrax and Testament, and are excellent fusions of punk-thrash. The hip hop drums sit nicely alongside the lead guitars to make songs like 'How It Is' and 'Five Blocks to the Subway' enjoyable outside of the mindless rap declarations, and there are even a couple of songs that attempt something different and push the envelope of previous attempts-to-be-something-different; 'Each Day' opens with an acoustic guitar, as is customary for one song from each album, but is joined by unprecedented synthetic orchestra. More worrying is 'Love Denied,' which threatens to be a power ballad for an unnervingly long time before relenting and delivering another heavy offering.

      It's easy to see Biohazard's confidence, talent and recognition grow with each of these early releases, but to be honest I preferred the more scattered sound of the previous album.

      1. State of the World Address
      2. Down for Life
      3. What Makes Us Tick
      4. Tales from the Hard Side
      5. How It Is
      6. Remember
      7. Five Blocks to the Subway
      8. Each Day
      9. Failed Territory
      10. Lack There Of
      11. Pride
      12. Human Animal
      13. Cornered
      14. Love Denied

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 State Of The World Address
    2 Down For Life
    3 What Makes Us Tick
    4 Tales From The Hard Side
    5 How It Is
    6 Remember
    7 Five Blocks To The Subway
    8 Each Day
    9 Failed Territory
    10 Lack There Of
    11 Pride
    12 Human Animal
    13 Cornered
    14 Love Denied