Biohazard - _Kill or Be Killed_
by: Jackie Smit (
I'll admit that my expectations were perhaps unfairly high after being thoroughly blown away by the 'Hazard on their Eastpak resistance tour last year. Even taking this into account however, I find it hard to ignore the stench of underachievement wafting from their latest effort. The music may be heavier than 2001's _Uncivilization_, but the passion and conviction of _State of the World Address_ is nowhere to be found. Instead Biohazard have concocted a dull, by-the-numbers record that never seems to quite find direction. From the tedious doldrums of "Never Forgive, Never Forget" to the cliched mess that is "Hallowed Ground", _Kill or Be Killed_ is a massive let-down. Indeed were these the days of _Urban Discipline_, I doubt that many of the tracks on offer here would have even made it on to B-sides. Still, in the midst of overwhelming disappointment a few rays of light shine through -- were the rest of the album of the quality showcased by "Open Your Eyes" or "Penalty", that 5.5 you see above this review could easily have been a seven or an eight. When compared to Hatebreed or Snapcase's latest records though, _Kill or Be Killed_ is quite laughable.
(article published 5/27/2003)
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