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Billy Bio @ The Kingsland

Billy Graziadei brings his new group “Billy Bio” to Brooklyn and will have support from Thy Will Be Done.

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The End Records Signs Brooklyn’s Suicide City

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The Press Release:
SUICIDE CITY was first conceived when Biohazard vocalist/guitarist Billy Graziadei met Karl Bernholtz, vocalist of the south Florida band The Groovenics. The pair was joined by drummer Danny Lamagna, who had been recommended by members of Sworn Enemy. Soon after, Groovenics guitarist AJ Marchetta was added to the fold, and the lineup was finally rounded out by former Kittie bassist Jennifer Arroyo.

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Not the type of band to just wait around for things to happen, SUICIDE CITY self-released an EP, ‘Not My Year,’ in 2005 and has since managed to sell over 7,000 copies sans label support. That year they also saw success in the form of a “Best Unsigned Band” award from East Coast Romper. In 2006 Kerrang! called them “a mesmerizing presence” and said that they had “manic wide eyed energy.” They have also self-produced and released a live DVD, entitled ‘Live From CBGB.’
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“Not My Year” by Suicide City

Artist: Suicide City
Title: “Not My Year”
Label: Unsigned
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Post Hardcore/Punk
Rating: Very Good

Suicide City is the energetic new group formed by Billy Graziadei (Biohazard) and Jennifer Arroyo (Kittie). The interesting thing you will find right off the bat is that instead of finding a new version of Biohazard or Kittie you find that the group takes a different approach and takes you into a more power punk/post hardcore type of vibe. Fans of the pair who might have wanted this to be the case risk being disappointed but if you are one of those fans that enjoy the constant change that music offers there is a chance that you will be pleasantly surprised. There is a level of the teenage angst screamo going on which might turn off some folks and I admit that is not my cup of tea either but one has to agree with an artists desire to work into a growing in popularity style. Of the five tracks I enjoyed “Give Me Your Pity” and “Diemonds” the most and found them catchier than the rest over the couple of listens I was able to give the recording. Having caught the band live I can add that they are a very energetic group onstage and do keep the audiences attention through their set.
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“Means To An End” by Biohazard

Artist: Biohazard
Title: “Means To And End”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 8/30/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

To me Biohazard are best referenced as local guys who made it to the top because of hard work and being steadfast to their music. They had a vision and were able to follow it to a certain degree of success. I remember early gigs in their career at the famous L’Amour in Brooklyn and how it felt when this highly energetic and powerful live band first secured their record deal. The band was always in the mix of things and was crossing over in the genres like Metal and Hard Core before such things became more commonplace. One could always see them at gigs mingling as well and never was that “Rock Star” mentality at play. Looking back on this it’s about 16 or so years, and the non-believers can halt in awe to the longevity and tenacity of this band. The release of “Means To An End” on SPV Records shows that in true Biohazard fashion they continue along the path that they helped to forge so many years. This crossing over with an element of street credibility was the overall appeal to the fans that followed Biohazard. Evan Seinfeld is a powerful front man who shared the duties up front very well with Billy Graziadei (guitars) very well.
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Suicide City @ Brooklyn Music Terminal (8/19/2005)

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Artist: Suicide City
Venue: Brooklyn Music Terminal (Brooklyn, NY)
Opener: Lourds
Date: 8/19/2005
Label: Independent

It is not my practice to cover unsigned bands in the Concerts section as it is now how we have been set up as a journalistic medium. However this case would spark a little necessary change to the rule book when I discovered that Suicide City was comprised of members of popular signed acts. The lineup of the group features Billy Graziadei (BioHazard) and Jennifer Arroyo (former Kittie). Based on them I knew it was going to be an interesting night. This would also be the first time that I was to attend a show at the Brooklyn Music Terminal, or BMT for short. This newly opened club is located in the space that was formerly occupied by the legendary Rock Capitol L’Amour. According to the owners, the goal is to continue along the same lines and bring quality acts to Brooklyn and increase the visibility of Heavy Metal music in the area once again. For those that remember L’Amour, this club is in the rear section of the original club (as it had split in two to maximize the metal effect on the listener). The capacity is about 700 and that’s great for a popular group can perform and easily sell out the night. The PA sounded good and I felt it must be new. I did not focus on the lighting work but note that a good PA and soundman are a smart move and go part in parcel. I hope this will be a consistent find for me at future events. Their opening is a welcome site as it also gives me a new place to cover shows and bring you the news about what is happening.
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