It’s Friday! TGIF! And time to rock out and kick the weekend off right! I know I haven’t done one of these in a while, but honestly, I’ve had The Punisher on the brain all week, so that’s the inspiration behind this “song of the week.” I mean, we had the great Mark Goldblatt, director of the original 1989 movie as a special guest on the latest Killer POV, but also, I’ve just in general been going back to the early books featuring my favorite vigilante & re-familiarizing myself with all The Punisher stories. And it always reminds me of the Biohazard track “Punishment” from their 1992 album “Urban Discipline.” While lyrically it doesn’t match or fit the character (it’s not about him or anything), it does opens with a bit of Dolph Lundgren dialogue from the movie which I’ve always loved. (It’s sadly cut out of this You Tube video though.) Biohazard was one of those Brooklyn hardcore bands I discovered through Life Of Agony during my angst-filled teen years in New York. Long before lead singer Evan Seinfeld was showing off his dong on HBO’s ‘Oz’ or making porn with his (now ex) wife Tera Patrick, he was pounding the pavement of various clubs and venues across the tri-state area with one of the fiercest hardcore/metal bands to come out of the East Coast scene. I was 16 at the time that this record came out, and quite frankly feared for my life whenever I went to a Biohazard show. Thankfully everything turned out alright and I luckily stayed out of harm’s way in their gnarly mosh pits, but alas, whenever I hear this tune, I revert back to that naive, angry 16 year old kid who loved The Punisher. (OK, realistically not much has changed.) So crank “Punishment” and let’s kick off this weekend in style!

As an added bonus, I’m also a huge, huge fan of Lexi Alexander’s 2008 film ‘PUNISHER: WAR ZONE.’ It perfectly captures the sheer lunacy of the Garth Ennis books and hence is probably my favorite on-screen interpretation. This “red-band” trailer cut to the band Ramallah‘s track “Days Of Revenge” that debuted at Comic-Con is AWESOME. The song itself again doesn’t have lyrics that reflect the character himself. (They’re actually kinda silly lyrics.) BUT the main riff, the tone, cut with these violent Ennis-inspired images make me pump my fist in the air and say “FUCK YES!” Enjoy!

Previous ‘Song Of The Week’ Picks:
– Suicide Silence “Slaves To Substance”
– Soundgarden “Live To Rise”
– Megadeth “Go To Hell”
– Alice In Chains “Them Bones”
– Ministry “Just One Fix”
– The Ramones “Pet Cemetery”
– Testament “Souls Of Black”
– Impending Doom “Deceiver”
– Helmet “In The Meantime”
– Slayer “Threshold”
– Anthrax “Only”
– Sebadoh “Skull” & The Misfits “Skulls”
– TV On The Radio “Wolf Like Me”
– The Misfits “Dig Up Her Bones”
– The Dwarves “We Must Have Blood”
– Deftones “Tempest”
– Vision Of Disorder “Hard Times”
– Metallica “Holier Than Thou”
– The Melvins “Honey Bucket”
– Suicide Machines “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
– Bring Me The Horizon “Shadow Moses” & Alice In Chains “Hollow”
– How To Destroy Angels “How Long” 
– My Vitriol “Grounded”
– Rivulets “How, Who”
– Bring Me The Horizon “Chelsea Smile”
– Anvil “Straight Between The Eyes”
– Danzig “How The Gods Kill”
– “Dwight Twilley Band “Looking For The Magic”
– Strapping Young Lad “Love?”
Nine Inch Nails “Closer”

  • Phil Fasso

    You’d do good to pair this with Megadeth’s “Holy Wars/ The Punishment Due,” the second half of which actually is about the Punisher, unlike this tune. It is by far my favorite Megadeth tune. I saw Mustaine play it live twice when they toured with Slayer in 2010, and it’s one of those songs that’s even better live.

    On a related note, I saw Biohazard live at some underground rave in Nassau County back when I was in college in 1995. I can’t for the life of me remember if they played this song or not.