Biohazard - Means To An End...really?

By Sgt. Deth

 I recently had the esteemed opportunity to speak with Billy Graziadei from Biohazard. He has some news about the future of the band, and the future for his new band, Suicide City. Biohazard's latest CD, "Means to an End", is also reviewed here on Wormwood Chronicles. As we all know, all good things must come to an end...

Wormwood Chronicles: You've had a long and resilient career in the hardcore scene. Do you think it's at a peak now or was it better in past days?

Billy Graziadei: I’ve always looked at my career as...where I am is the place to be...we’ve had a lot of up’s and downs in the Biohazard career, but it was always important that we stood up and fought...and we did with tooth and nail!

WC: What's your opinion of the "metalcore" bands of today? A fad or is it here to stay?

BG: Odd to hear so much of the “metalcore” tag these latest days...we used that term to describe our music back in the early 90’s; soooooo...a fad??? No, will it has always been here, it’s now just being exploited!

WC: How did you wind up on SPV Records and do you think this will be a long-lasting home for you?

BG: We’ve been on SPV for the past several years in Europe...they’ve now just opened up here in the it’s not like a new’s more like a marriage after 20 years...and we still leave the seat down!

WC: What are your touring plans for the new CD?

BG: Nothing definite but sometime in 2006 we will do one last tour.

WC: Is it really hard to tour now, since all the security upgrades?

BG: Touring has never been hard...the security upgrades are a necessity! I’ll let you know how difficult it has become, I leave for tour with Suicide City tomorrow!

WC: What is it like to play in another country being a hardcore New York band?

BG: Fucking still shocks me when people from different parts of the world like my music! It still shocks me when people in Brooklyn like my music!

WC: Are you "Filled With Hate", as your new song says and if so, why?

BG: The song is about some types of people in general...and how at the anger can overtake your life!

WC: How many tattoos do you have? And, do you have the most of any Biohazard member?

BG: I never counted...

WC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?

BG: Too many. Lately, my most recent was from my boy Chachi at Big City Ink in Staten Island, NY and a good friend named Andrea Ellston at McDougal Tattoo in NYC.

WC: Do you think some of your song writing in your past CD, "New World Disorder", kind of predicted 9-11 and the state the world is in today?

BG: I’ve been screaming about how fucked up shit is/was on every yes. The horrible times we went through were compounded by the fact that I knew it would happen!

WC: Was any of Biohazard in New York when 9-11 happened, and if so, do you have any stories to share with us?

BG: Yes, we all were...I was on my way to the embassy that morning (9am appointment) but slept in because we played a show the night before and got home at 4am.

WC: Tell us a little about your project with ex-Kittie bassist Jennifer Arroyo. And are there any other side projects Biohazard members are involved in?

BG: It’s a full fledged band now and with Jennifer leaving Kittie for Suicide City and with Biohazard being over...we are quickly moving forward! Danny has a side project he does on the weekends with Bloodclot and Evan makes, you know he’s happy!

WC: Have you ever had a "Spinal Tap" moment while touring or recording with Biohazard?

BG: Of course...I’ve seen everything...I can keep you laughing for hours...having a beer with me can be the most entertaining experience!

WC: Thank you so much for sharing with our readers, is there anything else you wish to tell them?

BG: I’m proud as hell of being an innovator with Biohazard...we set OUR way...did OUR thing...lived OUR lives as we the same, you won’t regret it! With 10 albums behind me...I’ve turned myself inside out, showing the world my whole life...tried and true, baby!

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