The votes are in, and the next title to be released by Run Out Groove will be a 2-LP, 30th anniversary deluxe vinyl edition of metal band Biohazard’s 1992 sophomore album Urban Discipline. Pre-orders are open now for this set which will feature bonus tracks making their debut on vinyl as well as an exclusive fold-out poster.
The Brooklyn-formed band came together in 1987 and is now recognized as one of the earliest groups to fuse hardcore metal, punk, and rap/hip-hop. The four-piece line-up of Evan Seinfeld (vocals/bass), Billy Graziadei (vocals/guitar), Bobby Hambel (guitar), and Danny Schuler (drums) recorded Biohazard’s self-titled debut in 1990 for the Magnetic Air label, introducing their hard-hitting sound with lyrics reflecting their experiences with gangs, drugs, and violence.
Soon after, they relocated to major label Roadrunner for 1992’s Urban Discipline. Produced by the band and Wharton Tiers, the album delivered Biohazard a major breakthrough. “Punishment” (inspired by the Marvel Comics character The Punisher and the 1989 film adaptation) yielded a popular music video that became the most-played title on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. The album, featuring original songs as well as a cover of Bad Religion’s “We’re Only Gonna Die (From Our Own Arrogance),” went on to sell over one million copies. For their next album, they would move to the even bigger Warner Bros. label. (In 2006, WB parent Warner Music Group would acquire a majority in Roadrunner; four years later, WMG acquired the label outright.)
Run Out Groove’s reissue is the first U.S. vinyl release for Urban Discipline. It features the original album on three sides of vinyl, with four demos appearing on the fourth side. The demos previously appeared on a 1998 CD reissue but this is their first appearance on vinyl. (Two live tracks, “Shades of Grey” and “Punishment,” were included on a 1993 expanded CD edition but those haven’t been retained for this presentation.)
A limited edition “yellow flame” pressing of Urban Discipline is available to those who purchase early from Run Out Groove. Each package is individually foil-stamped numbered and contains a fold-out poster. Pre-orders are open now through July 18 only.
Additionally, it’s time to vote for the next ROG release! The current choices are:
Mance Lipscomb, Trouble in Mind: Deluxe Edition – The blues singer’s 1961 album for Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records label would be expanded to 2 LPs with tracks new to vinyl. Lacquers would be cut from the original mono album masters.
Flotsam and Jetsam, No Place for Disgrace – The thrash metal band’s 1988 Roadrunner Records LP would be expanded to two LPs and “properly sequenced for improved fidelity,” with Side D featuring live bonus tracks debuting on vinyl. This would be a colored vinyl pressing.
The Monkees, More of the Monkees – The 1967 Colgems release featuring “I’m a Believer,” “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow),” “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” and “Mary, Mary” would return to vinyl in a new 2-LP edition pressed on 180-gram vinyl with lacquers cut from the original stereo masters. The second LP would feature bonus tracks, many of which would make their vinyl debuts. The albums would be housed in a deluxe tip-on jacket.
You’ll find the track listing and pre-order link for Urban Discipline below. In addition, ROG titles are available at over 400 record stores. View the Store Finder here.
Biohazard, Urban Discipline (Roadrunner RRD 9112, 1992 – reissued Run Out Groove, 2021)
- Chamber Spins Three
- Shades of Grey
- Black And White and Red All Over
- Man With a Promise
- Urban Discipline
- Wrong Side of the Tracks
- Mistaken Identity
- We’re Only Gonna Die (From Our Own Arrogance)
- Tears of Blood
- Hold My Own
Side D (all tracks previously released on Roadrunner RR 8747, 1998)
- Business (Demo)
- Urban Discipline (Demo)
- Loss (Demo)
- Black And White and Red All Over (Demo)