BODY COUNT – BLOODLUST
Release: March 31st, 2017
℗ 2017 Century Media
- Civil War (ft. Dave Mustaine)
- The Ski Mask Way
- This Is Why We Ride
- All Love Is Lost (ft. Max Cavalera)
- Raining In Blood / Postmortem
- God, Please Believe Me
- Walk With Me… (ft. Randy Blythe)
- Here I Go Again
- No Lives Matter
- Black Hoodie
Due for release from Century Media Records on March 31, 2017 is the much anticipated sixth studio album from Body Count and it is nothing short of a writhing bundle of angst and utter ferocity coming to get ya in the most magnificent manner.
In addition to sensational sound, production perfection and superb sequencing, this album is an important account of contemporary African American cultural sentiment and dare I say, an abhorred declaration of ‘no more’. Furthermore, the exploration of modern society from a general perspective is compelling cause for concern at very least and a plausible prompt for outraged revolution.
Ice T and Body Count are back with some contributing heavy metal heavy weights to convey their latest collection and the truth is that they are pissed. I don’t wish to make light with that statement as regards the forthright content and subject matter contained within this work. I remain firm that I have lived through some hell-fire and heavy shit but remain cognisant that this Crenshaw Crew are describing a human condition and existence that would turn my lily arse whiter than the norm. This powerful portrayal of matters I can only struggle to grasp in my comparatively privileged Aussie existence, is utterly sensational and the best Body Count album yet. The power of the messages, the accompanying metal music magnificence and Ice T spitting venom as powerfully as ever culminate into a brilliant album, bursting with appeal.
Civil War is self-explanatory conceptually but with the incredibly captivating introduction and sensational contribution from Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) grab you by the throat and demand your attention. This track captivates the listener from the get go. Your intrathoracic space fills, pectoral muscles expand in fury and arteries pulsate with determined intent to unshackled from the existence described within the lyrics, regardless of race colour or conviction. All will hear their place in the global plot described to perfection and a frightening realisation is brought to the fore. You feel the angst growing within and your muscles flex ready to fight back and shuffle off the restraints. Incredible.
The Ski Mask Way is equally powerful as its predecessor but hook central musically and vocally. I’m quite certain Ice T is not assuming the role of career guidance councillor with this gem, but perhaps the realities of an existence in ‘da hood’ more accurately show young lives what is truly required to survive. Study at school, work hard and you will succeed? Perhaps the street show only success for those who deal and don’t use or those who say “I gotta get paid…the ski mask way”. What is remarkable at this point or even horribly shocking for some, is how the album cover art is applicable and relevant to any the songs and messages they convey.
This is Why We Ride is a slower track but carries all the musical malevolence required to be metal in nature. The lyrical content is explained by Ice T on introduction and any attempt from me to comment further would be disrespectful. As a well-seasoned public figure I think Ice T would forgive my comments, but those who may feel ‘dissed’ would be those who endure the life described. Some will say ‘that’s what it is’, some may express disbelief, others will weep in pain for those stuck in the repetitious generations of poverty and need. I personally ponder our blissful beginnings in entry to this earth. The thrill of the first breath and the unconfined first stretch out to full length, all the same, naked and without choice as to where we have landed on this earth. The simple matter of chance that I was dropped in the land down under, rather than in the hood with bandanna colours branding my ass in ownership as much a providing my first covering of warmth. Could I cut it in such a world? The feelings elicited by Body Count leave me on common ground as regards one point with those in the ghettos, namely that we are all capable of raw and righteous revenge. ‘Turn the other cheek’ doesn’t quite ring true for me laying in a puddle of blood issuing my last utterances…’Get the mother fuckers’ seems closer to reality for me. But this track comes with a caveat from Body Count so as not to celebrate the concepts, namely “This song is dedicated to all of you those who have lost somebody to street violence”.
I try my hardest to think of a track that would better be better suited to his metal majesty Max Cavalera, but try as I may, All Love Is Lost is the perfect song for collaboration and contribution from him. Max is a patriarch of a generation contributing to metal finery in addition to his own work with Soulfy, Cavalera Conspiracy, supergroup Killer Be Killed, formerly Sepultura and countless other collaborations and to hear his work on this particular track and its subject matter, is utter perfection. This will be my venom spitting song of revenge to any who dishonour my friendship from this day forth, and I won’t be alone in that sentiment. Thank you Max and Body Count. Perfect.
I will spare readers from a track by track description of this album because there is simply too much to say. This review could fast become a vast and endless manifesto of shameless spin because the album is simply that exciting. However, I must make particular note of Walk With Me featuring the tremendous Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) who brings an exciting dimension to this killer track (pun intended). A furiously delivered invitation to enter the psychopathic cerebral trap of a monster…the people we meet every day? Our neighbour? Ourselves. A brilliant track with the perfect added protagonist.
Now, I would seek to spare readers further passages to wade through in order to reach a summary. This is a humble and reserved description of only five tracks from a collection of eleven. This record is of such marvellous magnitude that I feel as though I have understated the true appeal and power of the collection. It is ferocious and unrestrained brilliance from beginning to end. The truth is that every track is a highlight for reasons their very own. Every track is an perfect blend of metal might and Ice T style rapper rhyme along with three of the finest metal masters in the business. So captivating is this superb collection that by the time you get to Black Hoodie you will be a combination of outraged, frightened, stunned, appalled along with thoroughly thrilled that you bought this album. An amazing collection and Body Count at their very, very best. Thoroughly sensational.