Body Count return guns blazing

Body Count are back with another brutal album and, particularly Ice-T, now close to 60 years old, show no sign of slowing down and present themselves at their best… once again. Their 1992 controversial hit ‘Cop Killer‘ may have been the way the world (apart from the underground west coast rap fans of Ice-T) got to know them but the truth is these guys have been opening eyes to a completely different world than the one most of us live in, for 25 years. Their new album Bloodlust isn’t different. After all the blood, sweat and tears, they are more mature than ever and in Bloodlust never loose their direction shouting against social discrimination, racism, power abuse, modern slavery, and corruption, in the same line of their last album Manslaughter [2014]. The fight in them is bigger than ever and they let us know that loud and clear right from the opening track ‘Civil War’ (which features Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine), through ‘The Ski Mask Way’, ‘Raining Blood’ (cover from Slayer’s track, presented to honor one of the band’s biggest influences next to Suicidal Tendencies and Black Sabbath), ‘All Love Is Lost’ (featuring Max Cavalera) and ‘Walk With Me’ (featuring Randy Blythe), down to ‘No Lives Matter’ and ‘Black Hoodie’. The album gets you in touch with the reality Body Count, Rage Against The Machine and Downset have been preaching for more than 20 years their very own way: the rap metal way.

‘You never see them pulling rich people out of their cars in their neighborhoods
because they know they have lawyers, they know they will sue their ass’ – No
Lives Matter

Bloodlust is probably one of their most approachable records ever but traps in it the same heart and soul they’re poured in the previous records. Still, it may drive their older fans crazy for opening their ‘fight’ to those who only now got to know them, but like it or not, record after record they have been getting more and more people to get to know their ‘fight’ making it bigger than ever. In the end, as Mark Twain said: it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog… and these guys have the biggest fight I know in them. Great work. 4.5 out of 5 stars. MRR

4.5 stars

TRACKS TO LISTEN TO INCREDIBLY LOUD Civil War, The Ski Mask Way, No Lives Matter, Black Hoodie

 

Post originally published on MEDIUM

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5 thoughts on “Body Count return guns blazing

  1. I feel the same way. Personally, their last album (Manslaughter) represented a huge leap already in maturity and production when compared to their previous works but this album… is something else. I really believe it’s a great work especially when the groups that used to ‘fight’ alongside them in the 90’s and 00’s are either no-longer-together or following a different direction.

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    1. I completely agree with you. This will probably be one of my favourite albums of the year.

      Regarding Code Orange’s record I must admit I am not a huge fan of their style and, in this album, they have pushed metalcore one step further away from the style itself. ‘Forever’ is definitely not an ‘average’ metalcore album but I think that as long as people listen to it with an open mind and be prepared to the (what feels like an) experimental concept, they will be impressed. Personally, I believe it’s a rock-solid album… just not my style 😉

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