at Trillians, Newcastle, U.K., August 12, 2014

The tail end of Hurricane Bertha may have been battering the south coast of England over the weekend but up in Newcastle the only storm hitting this city was the unbridled whirlwind unleashed by New York Hard Core legends Biohazard on their return to Trillians.

Describing last year’s show as something akin to being in the epicentre of a wild west bar room brawl without the fighting pretty much sums up the ferocity of a Biohazard show. This is primal Rock ‘n’ Roll at its brutal best.


“Shades of Grey” from their hugely influential Urban Discipline album lit the blue touch paper and through “Black and White and Red All Over” to “Vengeance is Mine” from their most recent opus Reborn in Defiance along with “Tales From The Hardside” there was no let-up in their social commentary inspired songs.

Billy Graziadei, an expert in Jiu-Jitsu, drew on all his martial arts training using a level of energy that few possess while guitarist Bobby Hambel and the imposing bassist Scott Roberts leapt around the stage like rabid rabbits. Even being caught in the mouth by a flying microphone stand during a suitably riotous “Punishment” failed to put Graziadei off his stride.

BiohazardQuite what the security made of matters as the band and crowd became one heaving mass as the maelstrom of the moshpit spilled over onto the stage is anyone’s guess but whatever it was there was no need to fret as this was all good natured stuff of pure, raw Rock energy and the absolute antithesis of the bland, corporate, over produced music so beloved of daytime radio.

As “Hold My Own” brought matters to a suitably anarchic close there’s something remarkably therapeutic about a show like this. Had a bad day at work or stressed out with exams? Then a trip out to a Biohazard show will see all of those worries just drift away.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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