Review Cassandra Hale
The police presence was heavy as I made my way to Margaret Court Arena for a night with Body Count. Little did I know then that by the nights’ end I would be calling them the POLice along with everyone else who turned out for this killer show. After a bag check and a full body ‘wanding,’ it was off to check it out. With only GA tickets on offer I was unsure if there would be any seats but luckily enough there was a small section left uncovered for those who didn’t want to venture on the floor.
Opening act Void of Vision are a young Australian band which broke the Melbourne music seen in 2013. I was quietly wondering if the singer got lost on the way to the gym, but clearly, comfort is his thing and active wear is his go to gig choice. They performed a solid 30-minute metalcore set, and while the audience was small it was enthusiastic. If they keep getting opening gigs to the bands like Body Count their future is definitely looking bright.
Second on the stage were A.B.Original who gave us a 30-minute hip-hop set. This Australian duo was armed only with their microphones and a turntable which is a little different than I am used to, but not necessarily a bad thing if hip-hop is your genre of choice. The crowd had swelled considerably during their set and they seemed to be down with the whole hip hop thing.
The demographic was not even close to what I expected with the majority being middle aged folk just like me, making me feel right at home. The transition between bands was smooth and short just as you want it, and before we knew it, it was time for Body Count.
It has been twenty long years since Body Count have graced out shores, so the question has to be asked, was it worth the wait? Hell yes, it was worth the wait, every ‘mother fucking’ minute! Now if you are easily offended, please stop reading now as this review just can’t be written without using explicit language.
Flashing red and blues lights, sirens and police radio reports saw the packed out floor go absolutely crazy as Raining Blood/Postmortem got the show underway.
The songs flying thick and fast, Bowels of the Devil, Manslaughter and crowd favorite There Goes the Neighbourhood played to endless crowd surfing and moshing, security sure had their work cut out for them. Ice T is a fabulous frontman, the masses hanging on his every word. After introducing the band and some more chat on life matters, we found that Ice T has a new name, “Ice Mother Fucking T Bitches”, he owned the stage and nothing was off limits. I don’t think I have ever heard as many ‘mother fuckers’, ‘fucks’ or ‘fuck youse’ but it wasn’t offensive, it fitted the show and the music and at the end of the day its Ice T mother fuckers so suck it up and enjoy the show!
No Lives Matter, Body Count, Black Hoodie and Drive By now that’s four songs that set Margaret Court on fire, the crowd were whipped into a frenzy with some pit action and hundreds of hot sweaty moshers. Voodoo, KKK Bitch they just kept coming. An awesome mix of old and new songs to keep any fan happy for the twenty-year wait to see them live. Credit to the band, they were faultless, a professional unit that was evident in every song they played. Even quickly pulling up Ice T when he almost skipped a song. A perfect drum solo is thrown in, which was just the right length, no self-indulgence just a good hard skin bashing.
Ice T returned to the stage wearing a balaclava and it was obvious that The Ski Mask Way was up next, followed by my favourite of the night Talk Shit, Get Shot, what a killer, the crowd became unhinged much to Ice T’s delight, he kept saying ‘get crazy’ and wow, the Melbourne fans did not disappoint. Cop Killer rang out and the irony of Ice T playing a cop for the last 14 years on television was not lost, he even said ‘we only kill the bad cops’!! The fans loved it chanting back ‘Fuck the POLice ‘ with middle fingers up to drum home their statement.
Time for a virtual encore, which seems to be the way of the world these days, so we all pretend the band leaves the stage, we chant ‘Body Count’, ‘Body Count’, they turn around and off we go with the encore. You know what, it really works and saves time and hassles all around. A cover of The Exploited’s Disorder was the first of three for the encore, followed by Born Dead and This Is Why We Ride, it was now that we got some insight from Ice T into revenge killings and why they happen, a bit of an eye opener that’s for sure.
Thanks and waves goodbye see out this amazing show, everyone is spent with not one ounce of energy left in the tank, just how you should feel after a really intense gig. But if I asked the question, would you do it all again? I know the answer would be ‘in a heart beat Mother Fucker!’
VOID OF VISION
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RETURN TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS IN JUNE
FOR THE BLOODLUST TOUR
Rohan spoke with Ernie C about their killer album BLOODLUST and the cool news of BODY COUNT Australian Tour later this year.
WEDNESDAY MAY 3, 2017 – Strap yourself in as ICE-T’S BODY COUNT announce some very special guests for their first Australian tour in 22 years. They’ll be performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with A.B. ORIGINAL and VOID OF VISION.
A.B. ORIGINAL write songs in the spirit of N.W.A and West Side Connection, while lyrically bringing attention to issues closer to home. Respectively coming from the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes, Briggs and Trials are socially conscious outspoken Indigenous artists.
A.B. ORIGINAL’S debut album Reclaim Australia reached #10 on the ARIA charts and #1 on the iTunes charts in the first week in November 2016. It won the 2016 Australian Music Prize, the first time in the AMP’s 12 year history that an Indigenous artist has won the coveted annual prize. The duo have performed to sold out audiences at the Rolling Stones Live Lodge, a BIGSOUND showcase, supported Hilltop Hoods on their national stadium tour and recently the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Today they unveiled the new single and companion video for Report To The Mist which is a statement about police brutality towards A.B Original’s community. Division, racial profiling and discrimination are ever present within the relationship between Aboriginal people and the police. You can watch Report To The Mist HERE
VOID OF VISION broke into Melbourne’s heavy music scene early 2013 and touring in 2014 saw them tour 3 national tours with Hand Of Mercy, Hellions, Elegist, Villes (SNG) and The Sweet Apes. In 2016 they released their debut, Children Of Chrome which took them on their first overseas jaunt (supporting Chelsea Grin throughout Europe). Renowned for their erratic live show, VOID OF VISION have won over the hearts of heavy music fans all over and have continued that explosive momentum into 2017.
Further to the exciting support announcements, BODY COUNT are giving the die-hard fans an opportunity to get up close and personal in a very limited allocation of Premium Meet & Greet Experience packages.
Packages include, early entry to the show, pre show sound check experience, meet and greet photo opportunity with the band, a signed tour lithograph, exclusive VIP tour lanyard and first access to the tour merchandising range.
VIP Meet & Greet Experiences are now available for purchase. Existing ticket holders have the ability to upgrade their standard ticket to the VIP package also.
Get in quick as there is an extremely limited opportunity to meet ICE-T and BODY COUNT.
BLOODLUST AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
SUPPORTED BY A.B. ORIGINAL AND VOID OF VISION
THURSDAY 1 JUNE – TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE
Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/
FRIDAY 2 JUNE – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE
Tickets available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/
SATURDAY 3 JUNE – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
Tickets available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/
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