Joe LaRusso Photo: Blog https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog en-us Copyright (C) 2007-2021 Joe LaRusso Photo All Rights Reserved joe@joelarussophoto.com (Joe LaRusso Photo) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:40:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:40:00 GMT https://www.joelarussophoto.com/img/s/v-12/u193858448-o981240298-50.jpg Joe LaRusso Photo: Blog https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog 100 120 Biohazard, Reborn in Defiance... From the Joe LaRusso Photo archives... https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/8/biohazard-gramercy-jan-2012 Here is another one from the Joe LaRusso Photo Archives...  Biohazard hit the road again with their new album Reborn in Defiance, WITHOUT Evan Seinfeld. He left the band again, only to be replaced by longtime band friend Scott Roberts. So here is a review of their NYC homecoming show along with some photos. Check out the rest of the show photos in the CONCERTS Galleries... Hope ya like em. And check back with us for some EPIC upcoming shows...

 

 

Having released their last album “Means to an End,” finished in 2003, and then being released in 2005, the band ultimately split up. Despite being apart for all those years they somehow reconnected. In an interview at The Gramercy with Billy Graziadei, he told me he talked to Danny Schuler, and heard that Bobby Hambel and Evan Seinfeld went out for dinner. That was in 2008. I guess that was all the spark they needed. Billy Graziadei then got in touch with Evan Seinfeld, and the four decided to hit the studio again. Completing their latest album, “Reborn In Defiance,” set to be released for FREE in the US, the band hit the road once again. Then, disaster… They ran into a SLIGHT road block… OK a BIG road block… Evan Seinfeld decided, for personal reasons, to leave the band once again.

So needing a replacement for Evan they turn to long time friend, Scott Roberts. Who better to turn to? A guy who knows Biohazard inside and out, and has stepped up and filled in for them before. Which brings us to The Gramercy on January 17, for the Re-Birth of Biohazard. The HARDCORE, IN YOUR FACE, NO BULLSHIT band out of Brooklyn NY!!!

Biohazard comes home...
Biohazard came out onto the stage at The Gramercy to an explosion of screaming clapping and crazed fans. The Gramercy was PACKED to see Biohazard. Looking around at the crowd you could see a lot of the bands long time fans, coming out ready to pound it out in the mosh pit. Standing side by side with the new generation of heavy metal head bangers.

Biohazard

Biohazard was ready to show they still had it. NY HARDCORE at its best. They OWNED The Gramercy on their home coming. They kicked ass with classics, like Urban Discipline, & What Makes Us Tick. That drove the crowd into a frenzy. They were looking for blood. Old and new fans alike. When the intro to Down For Life started and Bobby Hambel called for a mosh pit, the crowd obliged!!! There was pure HARDCORE BIOHAZARD carnage!! I got as close as I dared with my camera and stole a few shots. Had to bid a hasty retreat for fear of diving into the melee, and risk losing the camera!!! HEHE, The Gramercy felt just like L’Amours did back in the 80’s when Biohazard was on stage. Bricks were DEFINITELY shaken loose that night!!!

The new stuff is just as good as the Classic Biohazard!!! They played Reborn in DefianceCome Alive, & Vengeance Is Mine. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! Definitely didn’t sound like a band they JUST reunited after all those years apart. Or a band with a brand new bassist/singer in Scott Roberts. I just can’t describe how great I thought this show was.

Old school fans joined the next generation of heavy metals fans. Only now a-days, instead of lighters being held up in the crowd, you only see that familiar glow as everyone holds up the cell phones. You could see the fire in every band member’s eyes. They were home in THEIR city!!! Biohazard came HOME!!! IT was great when Billy stopped the show asking if there was any military in the crowd. Billy, the band and the whole place went wild with applause. After more head banging and mosh pits, Bobby gave a shout out to the FDNY and the place went wild again with applause again.

Biohazard’s home coming KICKED ASS!!! IT was great seeing them again, after all these years. Not one of them missed a beat!!! And a band that definitely didn’t forget where they came from and what they had to endure after all these years. Just like the album, “Reborn in Defiance,” Biohazard came out kicking and screaming, announcing their rebirth. This album is for the HARDCORE… The FANS… And to say “THANK YOU” after all these years to their fans, Biohazard decided to release this album in the states for FREE. Yes, F R E E!!! The CD with bonus added tracks will be available for purchase later in the year.

Biohazard

So on behalf of Rock Show Magazine, I would like to thank Paul Cibrano, Owner of Cibrano Media, who graciously provided myself and partner Michael Burke-Andrade press passes and set up our video interview with Biohazard’s own Billy Graziadei. I would also like to thank Billy Graziadei for taking time out of his busy schedule for our interview.

 

At the time of this writing, we at Rock Show Magazine would like to wish our best to Scott Roberts who was rushed to a hospital while on tour in Europe. Scott the crazy man wasn’t letting THAT stop him, and he checked out of the hospital with a clean bill of health, ready to play by the time they hit their next stop on the tour!!

Now THAT'S ...H A R D C O R E !

 

 

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AnAkA... ROCKIN Bowery Ballroom https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/AnAkA-Bowery-Ballroom Had the opportunity to shoot Anaka again. Always a KICK ASS show. If you haven't seen them live you need to get to one of their shows!!! You won't be disappointed!!! They shake the bricks loose from every theater they play. Just be careful, don't go near the pit if you can't handle it!!! \,,/ These are some portraits we shot at Bowery Ballroom. Check out the rest of the set from this show listed on concerts.

 

Jimmy,  CRAZY eyes, vocals

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Pete, Guitar, Summoning the Heavy Metal Gods

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Matts, Guitar

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Tony, Drums

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Carl, Bass

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From the Joe LaRusso Photo archives... Five Finger Death Punch "Share the Welt" https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/five-finger-death-punch-starland-ballroom-nj-11-2011 This is one from the Joe LaRusso Photo archives. A review  with photos I wrote for Rock Show Magazine. 

Five Finger Death Punch Share the Welt Tour Nov 2011, Starland Ballroom Sayerville NJ. Check out the rest of the photos from this

show on my concert page.

Ok first and foremost I’d like to thank Five Finger Death Punch and Adrenaline PR for providing me with a photo pass to shoot the “Share the Welt Tour” at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ, for Rock Show Magazine. Without their generosity the photos accompanying this review would not be possible.

After corresponding with Rikki Zazula from Adrenaline PR, I was put in contact with Five Finger Death Punch’s tour manager Brendan. Brendan advised me to get to Starland early. I'm glad I listened to him. The show was SOLD OUT way in advance. With Five Finger Death Punch coming in from the west coast EVERYONE from the NY/NJ area was pumped for the show. This was a show FULL of HEAVY METAL’S HEAVY WEIGHTS. Five Finger Death Punch headlining, with All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rains starting the show off. The place was a mob scene 2 hours before the doors even opened!!!

It was an all ages show. That’s a GREAT THING... guarantees the future of METAL by introducing it to the younger generations. \m/... And there were plenty of heavy metal youngsters in the crowd.

Rains got things started. They got the crowd right into it with their heavy tunes. The audience was full of energy right from the first song and the intensity just grew from there. Hatebreed was up next. The crowd, the intensity and excitement continued to grow with their set. After Hatbreed tore it up, All That Remains came out and they had the crowd mesmerized and going wild!!! So far, up to this point the show was AWESOME!! The lineup for this show was great. Right from the first song every band had the crowd hooked and going nuts. From the multiple mosh pits to the fans riding the crowd, it was INTENSE!!!

By the time All That Remains finished their set, EVERYONE in the packed theater was foaming at the mouth in anticipation of Five Finger Death Punch to hit the stage!!! ME INCLUDED!!!

Then all of a sudden… BLACK. The crowd started chanting... One side of the PACKED room, “FIVE FINGER,” then the other side, “DEATH PUNCH!!!!” 

The Knuckleheads couldn’t wait any longer. Five Finger Death Punch had to come out!!! After what felt like 10 minutes, the stage lights came on and Five Finger Death Punch hit the stage in full stride to a crowd that erupted. Five Finger Death Punch recently released the bands third album, “American Capitalist.” This album is just as hard core and explosive as their previous two!!!

Five Finger Death Punch opened with “Under & Over It,” off their new album. Starland Ballroom exploded into to chaos and mayhem from the very first note played!!! They kept their fans rocking with their hard core songs, “The Bleeding,” “White Knuckles,” “Far From Home,” and finally giving a shout out to Veterans Day and supporting our troops they blew up Starland Ballroom with “Bad Company.” The place was so jam packed you literally could not move one inch. As you looked around all you saw was horns up and heads bangin’ as EVERYONE sang along with lead singer Ivan L. Moody.

Ivan made everyone in Starland feel like one big happy dysfunctional family!!! So much so that he invited a bunch of youngsters on stage to rock out with him and the band. The band was just as exited to be there performing as much as the Knuckleheads were to be there watching them. It was great hearing that Starland turned away over 1000 people at the door trying to get in to the sold out show. The Sayreville Fire Chief had to come out too!! The BEST news of the night for the fans was when Ivan made the announcement that “American Capitalist” surpassed Lil Wayne’s new album in sales; the place went ape shit!

So to sum up this review... Get out and see FFDP!!! They're not only THE BEST HEAVY METAL BAND, but they put the metal back into this 42 year OLD man!!

(Not from Share the Welt, The drum kit was too hight to even see Jeremy so I added this from Trespass America)

 

We look forward to seeing Five Finger Death Punch again on tour real soon!!! \m/

Thanks,
Joe

 

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joe@joelarussophoto.com (Joe LaRusso Photo) 5FDP Chris Kael FFDP Five Finger Death Punch Ivan Ivan Moody Jason Hook Kael Army Knuckleheads New Jersey Prudential Center Share the Welt Tour The Rock Zoltan Zoltan Bathory https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/five-finger-death-punch-starland-ballroom-nj-11-2011 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:55:22 GMT
A New Year Celebration with Dragons https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/a-new-year-celebration-with-dragons Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center. A New Year Celebration. I was there to see the New York Chinese Cultural Center's dancers celebrate the New Year. The year of the Dragon. It was such an amazing show with so many great dancers. The costumes were colorful, and the dragons all but spit fire. The cup dancers did an amazing job, and not one cup was dropped. This shoot was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to getting out there to shoot another New Year's Celebration!! See the rest of this set shot by Joe LaRusso Photo in the Journalism Gallery.


 
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Go to Models https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/go-to-models I have a son and a daughter. They are my life. I used to use them as my go to models. Anytime I needed to try something new, they'd get dragged in front of the camera. LOL. Unfortunately, that came to an end a while ago. They no longer sit for me when I pull out the camera. When they see it, they run the complete opposite direction. They used to LOVE posing for me, but now they're getting too old and cool for dad already. They're not even teenagers yet and already it's started. So here is the last photos that I got them to actually sit and pose for me...

 

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joe@joelarussophoto.com (Joe LaRusso Photo) https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/go-to-models Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:39:40 GMT
True to my roots... https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/true-to-my-roots Being true to my Brooklyn roots I have to mention 2 Brooklyn brothers that I'm proud to call friends. Jimmy and Peter Pallis of ANAKA. Brothers that together started a Heavy Metal band that brings down the house every single show they play. Anaka played a big role in my photography. I started shooting them a few years ago. Because of them and the opportunity to shoot one of their live shows, I found what I'd like to think is my calling with regards to photography. I absolutely LOVE to shoot concerts. Thanks to Jimmy and Pete having me shoot their lives shows, has brought me some unforgettable times shooting concerts. I've been lucky enough to be in the pit shooting FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HATEBREED, V.O.D., BIOHAZARD, ALL THAT REMAINS, and a bunch of other great bands that I might not have had the opportunity to shoot otherwise. There'll be plenty more about those bands in upcoming blog posts, as well as photos.  And a BIG THANKS goes out to my buddy Camaro Joe who introduced me to Jimmy and Pete. If it wasn't for the fateful night in the Gramercy Theater in New York City...

 

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joe@joelarussophoto.com (Joe LaRusso Photo) Anaka Anaka Army Anaka MTV Brooklyn Brooklyn NY Deathborn Gramercy Gramercy Theater Hardcore Heavy Metal Jimmy Joe LaRusso" Metal Mosh MoshPit Music NYC New York City, Photos, Photography, Pallis Peter Pallis Thrash Verrazano Bridge joe LaRusso Photo https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/true-to-my-roots Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:33:13 GMT
Into the Abyss... https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/into-the-abyss I grew up in the greatest city in the world... Brooklyn New York. I LOVED living in Brooklyn. It was my whole life. I never wanted to leave my beloved Brooklyn. Until... After marrying the love of my life and deciding to start a family of our own. My wife and I decided that we wanted to move to the suburbs to raise our family. Having to work in Brooklyn made it fairly simple... I had no intention of moving too far away. As most of us from the area know, traffic could be pretty bad... So like a lot of Brooklynites, we headed West. Yes we decided on moving to Staten Island. LOL Not exactly the suburbs, but close enough!! I LOVE the Verrazano Bridge. That bride would become my lifeline in and out of Staten Island. My direct route to Brooklyn. So over the years of living on Staten Island, you could well imagine I have quite a lot of photos of my favorite bridge. This one in particular is one of my favorites. I shot this from the Brooklyn side of the bridge. I wanted a different look so I thought shooting the bottom of it would look cool. And as it turned out, I really like this photo. So the VZ Bridge became my bridge to nowhere as I sat in countless hours of traffic driving home after work, to my family. The bridge that carried me "Into the Abyss..."

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joe@joelarussophoto.com (Joe LaRusso Photo) Abyss Brooklyn Favorite Bridge Staten Island Verrazano Bridge https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/into-the-abyss Sun, 06 Jul 2014 04:21:46 GMT
My World https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/my-world I'm not usually in front of the camera. I prefer to do my thing from behind the view finder, my comfort zone. Every once in a while I get caught out there though. But only when it comes to my family. Then I'll get in front of the lens. So here is a photo of me with my beautiful wife and 2 beautiful kids. When the 3 of them see me coming with my camera, they usually run the other way knowing that I'm going to want them to pose for me while I try out something new!!! LOL

La Famiglia

 

This is how I prefer to be, working. Behind the view finder of my camera, lost in my own little world...

Hard at work

 

 

 

 

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joe@joelarussophoto.com (Joe LaRusso Photo) Family My world https://www.joelarussophoto.com/blog/2014/7/my-world Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:50:59 GMT