BIOHAZARD was founded in 1988 in bloody district of NYC Brooklyn. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei, bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld, guitarist Bobby Hambel, and drummer Danny Schuler. They formed Biohazard for the purpose of expressing political viewpoints and discussing problems facing urban youth, which all of the members had experience dealing with themselves. They think all people should be 'Down For Life' wich means that they should be loyal to their friends and family, 'cause they're the only ones to back you up. There is BIO fanclub called Down For Life (DFL).
It unites the most hardcore Biofans(called DFLers) around the world. Biohazard began opening for local hardcore and thrash bands and gradually built a large following through their outraged sense of injustice, political awareness, and constant touring. Inspired by (but not limited to): Black
Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Run DMC, Bad brains, Judas Priest, Cro-Mags, Public Enemy, The Ramones, Agnostic Front, the band set out to create a musical hybrid that would transcend easy categorization and not be bound by limitation.
Biohazard was one of the first bands to mix heavy metal and
hardcore with elements of hip-hop and rap. In 1990 they signed their first label at a little record-company which is called Maze Records, Biohazard also released their first LP there, which is published under the name "Biohazard". It
sold over 40.000 copies, this bad quantity was based on poor promotion. This album was all about Brooklyn, the gang-wars, drugs, violence, etc. After releasing their debut in 1990, Biohazard set out on their path for world domination. Returning from their first European tour, they realized that the problems they sang about on their first record were not limited to their Brooklyn hometown. After a long time of fighting about a good record label, Biohazard finally got it's contract with Roadrunner Records. In 1992, the band released the classic URBAN DISCIPLINE, which went on to sell
over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.