BODY COUNT — Violent Demise: The Last Days

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Album · 1997

Filed under Rap Metal
By BODY COUNT

Tracklist

1. Interview
2. My Way
3. Strippers Intro
4. Strippers
5. Truth or Death
6. Violent Demise
7. Bring It to Pain
8. Music Business
9. I Used to Love Her
10. Root of All Evil
11. Dead Man Walking
12. Interview End
13. You're F**kin' with BC
14. Ernie's Intro
15. Dr. K
16. Last Days

Line-up/Musicians

- Ice-T / Lead Vocals
- Ernie-C / Lead Guitars and Guitar Synthesizer
- D-Roc / Rhythm Guitars
- Beatmaster V / Drums
- Griz / Bass, Loops and Samples

About this release

Label: Virgin Records
Released: March 11, 1997
Producer: Howard Benson

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"Violent Demise: The Last Days" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US heavy/crossover metal act Body Count. The album was released through Virgin Records in March 1997. There´s been one lineup change since "Born Dead (1994)", as bassist Mooseman has been replaced by Griz, who also handles loops and samples. "Violent Demise: The Last Days" would be the last Body Count album to feature drummer Beatmaster V, as he died of leukemia shortly after recording the album. The album is dedicated to him.

The music on "Violent Demise: The Last Days" is unmistakably the sound of Body Count. That means a hybrid rock/metal style which includes elements from rap, hardcore/punk, crossover thrash, traditional heavy metal, and blues. Calling this rap metal would be wrong, although several tracks on the album features rap style vocals, but Ice-T predominantly sings/shouts.

The 16 track, 46:09 minutes long album features both "regular" tracks and quite a few shorter intros/interludes. Typically with Ice-T talking about what the next track is about in a humourous fashion. The lyrical themes ranges from tales about gang violence/ghetto issues, social/political commentary, and bragging about sexual adventures ("Strippers" is for example quite explicit). The quality of the material is generally pretty high, and for the most part relatively metallic and aggressive in sound.

"Violent Demise: The Last Days" features a well sounding and powerful Howard Benson production, which suits the music well. The musicianship is also on a high level, and all in all "Violent Demise: The Last Days" is a pretty good quality release by Body Count. Definitely a step up from the rather disjointed "Born Dead (1994)". It doesn´t quite match the excellence of the debut album, but it´s still enjoyable in it´s own right and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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