Mata Leão

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Mata Leão
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1996
StudioEldorado Recording (Burbank, California)
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerDave Jerden, Biohazard
Biohazard chronology
State of the World Address
Mata Leão
No Holds Barred
Singles from Mata Leão
  1. "Authority"
    Released: 1995[1]
  2. "A Lot to Learn"
    Released: 1996[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[5]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]
Entertainment WeeklyD[7]
Rock Hard9.5/10[10]

Mata Leão is the fourth studio album by American hardcore punk band Biohazard, released on June 25, 1996, by Warner Bros. Records, their second and final album for the label. Upon release, it charted at No. 170 on the Billboard 200, charting over 100 places lower than its predecessor, State of the World Address (which charted at No. 48), and was a commercial failure, leading Warner Bros. to drop the band from the label. Music videos for "Authority" and "A Lot to Learn" were released to promote the album.

The album was produced by Dave Jerden, best known for producing albums by Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction. It was recorded by the band as a three-piece following the departure of guitarist Bobby Hambel in 1995. During the touring cycle for the album, former Helmet guitarist Rob Echeverria stepped in his place.

The words "mata leão" loosely translate into "lion killer" in Portuguese (also the name of a chokehold in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).

The album was released on vinyl, cassette and CD. Some versions of the CD came with an O-Card.[13]

Track listing[edit]

2."These Eyes (Have Seen)"2:39
7."Modern Democracy"2:26
8."Better Days"1:49
10."A Lot to Learn"1:29
11."Waiting to Die"3:06
12."A Way"2:05
13."True Strengths"2:34
15."In Vain"4:04
Total length:38:23


Album chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 170
Australian Albums (ARIA Charts)[14] 80
Austrian Album Charts 21
Dutch Album Charts 53
German Album Charts 35
Swedish Album Charts 40
UK Albums Chart 72



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  2. ^ "Biohazard A Lot to Learn (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mata Leao - Biohazard". AllMusic.
  4. ^ Golemis, Dean (June 20, 1996). "Biohazard: Mata Leao". Chicago Tribune. p. E9A. ProQuest 2188958346.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Biohazard". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 1. MUZE Inc. pp. 541–542. ISBN 0-333-74134-X.
  7. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (July 19, 1996). "Mata Leao". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  8. ^ Arnopp, Jason (June 8, 1996). "Albums". Kerrang!. No. 600. EMAP. pp. 42–43.
  9. ^ Perry, John (June 8, 1996). "Biohazard - Mata Leao". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  10. ^ Frank Albrecht. "Mata Leao review". Rock Hard. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Michel, Sia (September 1996). "Records". Spin. Vol. 12, no. 6. SPIN Media, LLC. pp. 148–149.
  12. ^ Russel, Graham (July 1996). "Albums". Vox. No. 69. IPC. p. 92. ISSN 0960-300X.
  13. ^ "Biohazard - Mata Leão". Discogs. 1996. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 30.