Biohazard Kill Or Be Killed

Biohazard's last album, Uncivilization, was an admirable and (for the most part) successful attempt at experimentation, bringing in way too many cooks for a pretty fun romp through rap, metal and hardcore. Unfortunately with Kill Or Be Killed, the band has gone back to their roots, even self-producing the thing. But it just doesn't work. The gang dishes out ten forgettable metallic NYHC songs in a scant 36 minutes, leaving the listener with no hooks or fresh ideas to reel them back in for another round. Oddly enough, the delivery sounds somehow weak, which, love 'em or hate 'em, is not a word usually associated with this gang of thick-necked hoodlums. Except for the neck-cracking "World On Fire" and lead cut "Never Forgive, Never Forget" (the album's original moniker) this is a big step backwards for Biohazard, albeit one that fans of their traditional sound may prefer over the more experimental, and infinitely more interesting, Uncivilization. (Sanctuary)