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Mata Leao

Biohazard Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002N67
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. These Eyes (Have Seen) 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Control 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cleansing 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Competition 1:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Modern Democracy 2:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Better Days 1:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gravity 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Lot To Learn 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Waiting To Die 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Way 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. True Strengths 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Thorn 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. In Vain 4:040.79  Buy MP3 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than its given credit for 24 Dec 2007
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After the very popular and successful 'Urban Discipline,' and 'State of the World Address,' Biohazard had backed themselves into a corner. How could the band possibly top two such accomplished and genre defining albums? Well, the sad fact is that they couldn't and they didn't. Unfortunately many people dislike this album because it doesn't meet their unrealistic expectations... however, its still a great record that's well worth listening to.
Tracks like 'These Eyes (have seen),' and 'Authority,' are classic Biohazard and are easily as good as anything of their first three albums.
The main problem people have with this album is that most songs are short, around 2 minutes long, and have fewer guitar solos than usual... making an overall more punk sounding Biohazard album than people were expecting. However; while not timeless classics, these songs are fun none the less.
The real highlight of the album is the catchy and heavy 'Modern Democracy,' which rivals all the best Biohazard material. Overall, the production is awesome, with a very original Guitar tone and a great snare sound. The drumming on the longer songs is exemplary and This album is the first album where Billy 's voice is finally as good as Evan's voice.
This is a very underrated album and every Biohazard fan should at least give it a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HARDCORE!!!!!! 12 Jan 2009
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Man, this is really good! It's probably the best production (Dave Jerden) that Biohazard had ever had, the bass is really upfront (and technically very good!), the drum sound is the best the band has had, and the guitars are very sharp. There's not a lot of lead work here but it's compensated for by the riffs & bass lines. To be honest, solos were always a bit hit & miss with this band, and often felt rather perfunctory.
The songs are varied, there are lot's of different tempos, the focus is mainly on a Hardcore sound, but there is still a very strong Rap influence on here, and even the odd funky/groovy part. Some of Bio's material, particularly towards the latter days, sounded a little one dimensional but this album is VERY creative!
These Eyes, Waiting To Die (with cool sounds from DJ Lethal) and the blistering, 100 mph Hardcore rant of Competition are particular standouts, but there is very little filler here. The balance of Evan & Billy on vocals also seems to be a 50/50 split here, when usually it's Seinfeld that dominates. I really enjoy this album's vocal work - not as OTT bordering on Death Metal as say Kill Or Be Killed but still very aggressive, and surprisingly emotive at times! Good lyrics as well that are not just focused on the harsh world of Brooklyn.
This album actually reminds me a bit of Suicidal Tendencies in parts, which I haven't really thought before.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable, but at least it's different 26 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
This "experimental" offering from the Hazard lads is far less than orthodox. The average Biohazard fan would be slightly bemused to hear that the Brooklyn hoodlums had decided to do something different; and it's not hard to see why. After "State Of The World Address" failed to supply a quality follow-up to "Urban Discipline", but just gave the fans more of the same, "Mata Leao" attempts to be slightly different from the Hazard's usual blend of stomping riffs and shouty gang vocals. What we have here is a blend of stomping riffs, shouty gang vocals, and a frankly unwelcome punk influence. While the Hazard have always been influenced by punk, it is far more evident here than it ever was before. Perhaps Bobby Hambel's departure had something to do with this. He had apparently left the band due to "musical differences", and it's clear that Evan, Billy and Danny wanted to move in a much different direction to that which Hambel did. Mata Leao opens in incredible style with the unusually thrashy "Authority", which stands out particularly because the lads somehow manage to fit the F word in at least sixty times... ah, what fun. Unfortunately the remainder of the album seems to have been written in about a day. With the exception of "Modern Democracy", "Cleansing", "Gravity", the Sabbath-esque "In Vain" and possibly "Waiting To Die", the album contains nine tracks which could easily pass as fillers. For example, "Stigmatized" sounds like it was thrown together in the studio, "A Lot To Learn" was actually written several years ago, and it shows that the chaps had hardly reached their songwriting peak when it was written. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Triumph with three 4 Jun 2013
By Matt182
Format:Audio CD
Biohazard's fourth studio album marked the end of an era for the band. Bobby Hambel, the band's original lead guitarist had decided to quit after State of the world address and the band did not have a replacement for him on this album, meaning it was recorded as a trio, which is 1 of the reasons why this album sounds quite different from any other. Billy Graziadei did all the guitar throughout the album and as there is no lead guitarist those big solos and impressive, sometimes dramatic guitar interludes are absent. The overall sound is more simplistic but that is not necessarily such a bad thing and I do enjoy this album which has some great tracks. The first three albums were focused on urban life and this album steps into much wider topics, which was a breakthrough the band continued with. The songs are shorter than the average of Biohazard's previous works and instead of the usual metal sound this album is much more hardcore punk. The album's title "Mata Leao" roughly translates from Portuguese as "Lion Killer" and features a man being attacked by 2 lions on the cover. It's also the name of a chokehold in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which may have been a metaphor for what the band felt like they were in at that point.

The album opens with Authority which is fast and has that Biohazard attitude written all over it with the sing-along chorus "F*** the rules, F***, F*** the rules"! It's 1 of the best here. These eyes have seen is a decent track but follows suit with the rest of the material. It sounds less exciting with a pretty short exciting moment, shown in the chorus of this song. Stigmatized is another very punk sounding track with aggressive verses by Billy and a half decent chorus courtesy of Evan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet... 7 Nov 2002
By Nicholas Alla Koholick - Published on
Format:Audio CD
For an album with two minute songs and a lot of repetitveness, Mata Leao is still really great. This is much better than New World Disorder. It can't match Urban Discipline or State Of The World Address, but not much can. These guys were so ahead of their time. The big five of rapmetal: Biohazard, RATM, Faith No More, 311, and Body Count. Anyway, back to Mata Leao.
This album showcases Biohazard's punk roots, as half of the songs are speedy punk numbers without solos or breaks. There are gems within, such as "Authority," "These Eyes," "Stigmatized," "Modern Democracy," "Gravity," "A Lot To Learn," "Waiting To Die," and "In Vain." "Modern Democracy" has a great groove, "Authority" has awesome lyrics, and "Gravity" has a great percussion breakdown. Evan Seinfeld and Billy Graziadei are the rappers. Their lyrics work very well, without resorting to overusing swear words or using typical idiotic rap lines. Evan is the much better vocalist of the two. His flow is smoother, while Billy resorts to screaming and has a very annoying high-pitched voice. The songs are somewhat samey, but a few spins cures the disc of repetitiveness, as the standouts jump out. There's something here for any fan of punk, hardcore, and/or metal. Support the 'Hazard!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Flag? 27 Nov 2006
By Catherine Lott - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was burning "damaged" by Black Flag & wanted to add to the disc.

This is utterly absurd, but this CD works.


My punk rock friends hate my hardcore, maybe Biohazard will open those eyes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars NYC Keepin It Real 1 April 2004
By K Woobie Walker - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I'm an old PAHC kid now reaching my late twenties. I lost this album years ago, now struggling with the midlife thing I remembered that this was one of the best albums I have ever listened to. My office mates are listening to Lynard Skynard, but when they get up, Biohazard is the first thing I slip into the cd player. I thought I was old. So 5 big stars for Mata Leao and all the other Bio Albums. F what people say about Urban Discipline, that one ranks up there as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mata Leao is Biohazard's best album yet!!! 16 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I have been following Biohazard since 1989 before they were signed, and they have only gotten better each album. Just when you think that they can't get any heavier or better, they take the rug out from under you. Mata Leao is their best album yet!!! I'm looking forward to New World Disorder, as Billy tells me it's their heaviest yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Biohazard album, still 12 Aug 2002
By Michel Aaij - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I agree with all the reviewers giving this album top marks, though not necessarily with their wording. "Mata Leao," which came in this sweet cardboard cover with cool artwork when I bought it, is the best Biohazard to date--and I write this after "Uncivilization."
Everything about this album is the best of Biohazard, so to speak--great songs, great production, finally also great sound. The tunes are tight; they all seem to be played just a bit faster than the earlier studio recordings--as tight and as fast as they are live. And if you have a chance to catch them, do--Biohazard live rules. I caught them in Amsterdam with Orange 9mm, not a bad band, but they didn't have anything on the boys from the wrong side of the tracks.
Grammar and literary expertise has never been a forte of metal bands (yes, I know Queensryche and Prong still try, and with some success), but Biohazard, in their non-self-reflective way, do quite well on this one. Tunes like "Thorn" and especially "Gravity" are gems in a genre that sometimes lacks the smarts to make it in the lyrics department. And really, the production, I don't know if they had someone new for "Mata Leao," but this may be the best metal album I've ever heard.
I can't tell you how pleased I was when I got this one--I got this and Sepultura's "Roots" on the same day, but this one is the real keeper. Pick up this one, and maybe an earlier one ("Biohazard" or "State of the World Address"), and you won't be disappointed.
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