Last week, Biohazard announced unique plans to release their long awaited album Reborn In Defiance for free via Revolver Magazine’s website and Repudo.com today, January 20. However, as fans may already have noticed, neither site offered a link to the album. Well that’s because the NYC hardcore metal group have had to pull the plug on giving away the album at the last minute.
Biohazard released the following statement via Facebook:
“We regret to inform you all that due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to offer our new record “Reborn In Defiance” in the US at this time. We love all of you who have continued to support us through the years and can’t wait to share with you a record that we are extremely proud of. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience and a special thanks to our partners Revolver, Repudo and Google for their hard work setting this up. All of our touring plans are still solidified and we are excited to see you all out on the road!”
During our recent interview with guitarist Bobby Hambel, he expressed how the band really wanted to release the album in North America the same time it was released worldwide. At the moment, it’s also uncertain that a physical version of the album (which Hambel told us would include lots of bonus material) will still be released on Record Store Day, April 16.
It’s certainly a shame to hear this, considering how the album had already been long delayed. It’s also unclear as to what “circumstances” beyond the band’s control were behind the album not being released today. Considering that one form of the album’s U.S. release was supposed to be through Repudo’s apps and services, it could likely have been a technical issue that popped up at the last minute. Unfortunately, though, nothing else has been revealed and all we can do is speculate. And as the saying goes, “shit happens.” On the bright side, though, Reborn In Defiance is still available everywhere else around the world via Nuclear Blast Records.