THE BAND credited with revitalizing New York's hard-core/punk scene, Biohazard is descended from such East Coast predecessors as the Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front and Minor Threat, but is clearly of the next generation that includes L.A.'s Rage Against the Machine. The Brooklyn quartet's "Urban Discipline" is not so strenuously leftist as Rage's recent album -- a song from a previous release, "Howard Beach," even got the 'Hazards pegged as white-racist, although they say it was misinterpreted -- but both share rap-influenced vocal delivery. That this band is represented by the hip-hop-oriented Rush Artist Management makes perfect sense.
"People go hating for the color of their skin/Won't they learn they'll never win," barks the band on "Black and White and Red All Over," which returns to the media-dissing of "Howard Beach" while being pointedly unambiguous on the racial issue. What's more significant about that song (and a few others, including "Disease" and the title song) is the electric way bassist Evan Seinfeld and guitarist Billy Graziadei trade off shouted vocals. As a purveyor of either speedcore or social commentary, Biohazard offers little new, but its rap-metal fusion sounds fresh.
BIOHAZARD -- "Urban Discipline" (Roadrunner). Appearing with Sick of It All Monday at the 9:30 club. To hear a Sound Bite from this album, call 202/334-9000 and press 8131.