Seminal New York City hardcore/metal band BIOHAZARD will hold open auditions to find a replacement for recently departed frontman Evan Seinfeld.
Seinfeld left BIOHAZARD in June after the band's new CD was completed and was temporarily replaced by Scott Roberts, who played on the band's 2005 "Means To An End" album and has been part of the BIOHAZARD extended family since.
A statement from the band themselves reads as follows: "ATTENTION SINGERS!!! You think you got what it takes to be one of the voices for BIOHAZARD? Send us your music, videos, links, etc., to [email protected] and we'll check you out. Experience is a must, as is the ability to commit 100% to the life of a full-time touring musician, as the band is booked solid for 2012 and 2013."
BIOHAZARD has set "Reborn In Defiance" as the title of its tenth studio album, due in Europe before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band's first new studio CD in six years and the first with the original lineup Evan Seinfeld (vocals, bass), Billy Graziadei (guitar, vocals), Danny Schuler (drums) and Bobby Hambel (guitar) since 1994's "State of The World Address" was produced by Toby Wright, who has previously worked with KORN, SLAYER, MTLEY CRE, KISS, FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES, STONE SOUR and OZZY OSBOURNE, among others.
A song from the album, "Reborn", can be streamed at this location.
Commented guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei: "When we got back together in 2008, we erased the last memory of BIOHAZARD in people's heads and replaced it with a new kick-ass memory of what BIOHAZARD was all about back in the day.
"People heard we used to fuck shit up, but being back together again as the original BIOHAZARD gave us a chance to re-write history. Now we're doing it once again with a brand new album.
"Our new album, 'Reborn In Defiance', is everything I love about BIOHAZARD but more....in 2011! 100% ass-kicking in every way.... See you in the pit!"
In a recent interview with Sweden's Metalshrine, Graziadei stated about the departure of Evan Seinfeld, "It dropped like a bombshell. It kind of came up from left field. We finished tracking the [new BIOHAZARD] record in late February and really didn't have much contact with him that much. Everything was through management and I was working on the mix with [producer] Toby [Wright] and some additional overdubs and different ideas and some piano and keyboard stuff. Then a couple of weeks ago he calls up and says, 'I can't do it anymore!' He's got a bunch of personal stuff and it's mostly secret. But it's personal between it's what's going on in his life, but he made a decision and we weren't happy about it, but we made our decision to continue and keep going. It would be great if he was here and I know he's proud of the record and as happy as it came out as we are. We were all there and made it together and focused equally on it, but rather to let it die out, we said, 'You know what? Fuck it! We're all psyched and happy and even though things are different it doesn't mean much has changed!' The heart and soul of the band is still intact and we're gonna continue."
When asked about how bassist/vocalist Scott Roberts, who played on the band's 2005 "Means To An End" album, was working out as Evan's temporary replacement, Billy said, "He's great! He was the guy [that joined BIOHAZARD] after Bobby [Hambel left]. It took us a long time to find him, but we knew him and he filled in for us at the last minute, but he stepped up and did it. It was a tough obstacle to overcome but we did it. We played Download [festival in England], which was cool and the next day we played the Metal Hammer boat and that was a phenomenal show! All the kids were like, "Wow!" and even the editors of the magazine were like and they've been doing this for ten years and in the past three of four years with ANTHRAX and HELLYEAH and they were like, 'Nobody's rocked the boat like you guys did!' It was cool!"