BODY COUNT
Crossover Thrash / Alternative Metal • United States

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Body Count is rapper and actor Ice-T's heavy metal side project. Their style combines traditional metal with crossover thrash.
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.. Album Cover 4.05 | 11 ratings
Body Count
Crossover Thrash 1992
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Born Dead
Alternative Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Violent Demise: The Last Days
Alternative Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.45 | 2 ratings
Murder 4 Hire
Crossover Thrash 2006
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Manslaughter
Alternative Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 3 ratings
Bloodlust
Crossover Thrash 2017

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BODY COUNT Born Dead

Album · 1994 · Alternative Metal
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"Born Dead" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, California based metal act Body Count. The album was released through Virgin Records in September 1994. It features the same lineup, who recorded the band´s self-titled debut full-length studio album from 1992. Said debut album earned Body Count quite a bit of infamy as a concequence of the "Cop Killer" track, but also lots of attention because they were an all black band playing heavy metal (which is still a rarity). The album became quite successful in terms of sales, and what some people might have thought was a one off project, became a bit more than that, as Body Count opted to continue and recorded "Born Dead".

Stylistically "Born Dead" is quite different to it´s successful predecessor. It´s audible that it´s the same band playing, but Body Count sounds harder edged, more riff oriented, and more "metal" on "Born Dead", than they did on the more hardcore tinged debut. I´m not sure if it´s part of the explanation, but as opposed to the debut album, which was almost solely composed by lead guitarist Ernie-C (with lead vocalist Ice-T handling most of the lyrics), both bassist Mooseman, and rhythm guitarist D-Roc, are credited for writing or co-writing several tracks on "Born Dead". In addition to the original material on the album, "Born Dead" also features a cover of "Hey Joe" (which was originally featured on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album "Stone Free (1993)").

However to my ears the major difference here is how the vocals are performed and how the lyrics are written. While the debut album contained several tracks, which featured "storytelling" type lyrics (probably as a result of Ice-T usually performing rap vocals), the lyrics on "Born Dead" generally feature less words, and are more anthemic in nature, with the same words being repeated over and over again. Ice-T sounds pretty pissed here too, and the otherwise quite charming humour from the debut is more or less gone on this album.

The sound production is sharper, more heavy, and darker too, and it all adds up to a pretty aggressive and raw sophomore album by Body Count. Unfortunately the new musical direction doesn´t elevate the band´s music to a higher level. On the contrary the lack of the humourous storytelling lyrics and the endless repetition of the lyrics on many tracks, make "Born Dead" slightly hard to get through in one spin. A great riff, a clever lyric line, and a cool rhythm pop up now and again, but overall "Born Dead" is a disappointment compared to the strong debut album and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

BODY COUNT Body Count

Album · 1992 · Crossover Thrash
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"Body Count" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by US, Los Angeles, California based hardcore/heavy metal act Body Count. The album was released through Sire Records (a subsidary to Warner Bros. Records in March 1992. Body Count was founded in 1990 by lead guitarist Ernie C. and lead vocalist Ice-T along with three old friends (Mooseman on bass, D-Roc on rhythm guitar, and Beatmaster "V" on drums). Ice-T was a very prolific name in rap music circles in those days, but he also had a love for rock and heavy metal music, and wanted to expand his means of expression and found a songwriting partner in Ernie C., who could help him do that.

The album was both a commercial and artistic success, but it was also a very controversial release as the song "Cop Killer" was deemed as a call to kill cops. Despite the heavy criticism from authorities, the label initially defended the band´s right to include the track on the album, but Body Count eventually opted to remove the track (and the short intro track "Out in the Parking Lot") from the album, and replace it with "Freedom of Speech", which is a song from Ice-T's 1989 solo album "The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say". The track was re-edited and remixed for the occasion.

Despite Ice-T's background as a rapper, the music on "Body Count" isn´t rap metal, although there are vocal parts featured on the album, which resemble rap type vocals. Ice-T predominantly sings in a more rock/hardcore type raw/shouting vocal style. The instrumental part of the music features elements from both thrash, heavy metal, punk, hardcore, rock´n´roll, and blues. Ernie C. is obviously a very skilled guitarist, and he plays quite a few impressive solos on the album, but the rest of the band are well playing too. The rhythm section is a bit unconventional sounding for heavy metal music, and I´d be surprised if Mooseman and Beatmaster "V" had ever played metal music before recording this album. But despite (or maybe because) of the unconventional rhythmic playing on the album, that part of Body Count´s sound is actually pretty original.

"Body Count" is an album with a good flow, although there is good variation between tracks too. There´s not a dull moment or anything sub par on the album, and it´s through and through a quality release, seen from a compositional point of view. Some tracks can be a bit formulaic and repetitive, but the band always successfully incorporate bridges, a guitar solo, a drum solo, or some other detail to make sure the tracks are entertaining throughout. The lyrics deserve a mention too, as they are quite entertaining, dealing with race conflicts, sex, violence, drug abuse, police brutality, and political issues. Some are delivered with fierce conviction, and some are delivered with a more warm humourous gleam in the eye, but you are never in doubt about the passion behind the delivery. I can mention quite a few highlights from the album, like "KKK Bitch", "Cop Killer", "Body Count", "The Winner Loses" (which always reminds me of Jimi Hendrix), and "There Goes the Neighborhood", but again there´s not a single track here that´s not equal in quality to those mentioned.

The album features a pretty well sounding production too, and all in all this is a great quality debut album by Body Count. The eclectic nature of the tracks is one of the album´s greatest strengths, but the high compositional quality (instantly catchy and memorable tracks), and the skills of the musicians involved, are also assets that combined make this a great listening experience. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

BODY COUNT Bloodlust

Album · 2017 · Crossover Thrash
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"Bloodlust" is the 6th full-length studio album by US metal act Body Count. The album was released through Century Media Records in March 2017. It´s the successor to "Manslaughter" from 2014 and features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor. "Manslaughter (2014)" was the band´s first album in 8 years, but this time around Body Count have kept busy with touring, and writing and recording "Bloodlust".

After a couple of relatively mediocre albums "Manslaughter (2014)" was a nice comeback for Body Count and it signaled a slight change towards a more metal oriented sound. That´s nothing against what the listener is treated to on "Bloodlust" though, as this is easily the band´s most hard edged metal oriented release up until now. Razor sharp riffs, pounding heavy beats, and an Ice-T in top vocal form. He has never sounded this aggressive and raw before, and it suits him well. Lyrically we´re as always treated to subjects like corrupt politicians, social issues (especially the US black/white issues), bad cops, and ghetto and gang violence. As such nothing unusual for Body Count, but Ice-T as usual has a lot to say about those subjects. Agree with him or not, he successfully adresses the issues in a direct and outspoken manner. There´s no smooth politician talk here, just an angry man talking about the despair and corruption of the world, as seen by him.

The material on the 11 track, 41:00 minutes long album are generally well written and quite catchy. Highlights include "Civil War", "This is Why We Ride", and "Black Hoodie" but there is not a single sub par track featured on the album. Body Count even deliver a decent cover of "Raining In Blood / Postmortem 2017" by Slayer. "Bloodlust" features a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, which further enhances the feeling that "Bloodlust" is the heaviest Body Count album to date. Upon conclusion "Bloodlust" shows a positive development of sound, although at least one naughty/humourous track could have been nice, but it´s obvious that Body Count have aimed for a more serious and aggressive sound on "Bloodlust", and they succeed well with that mission. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

BODY COUNT Body Count

Album · 1992 · Crossover Thrash
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Anyone with a metal background would not dream of doing what Ice-T did here. What did he do? Well, it's basically gangsta rap themes and lyrics stuck over a metal backing band.

Many remember 1992 as the year Grunge hit the headlines. By far the biggest musical controversy of the year though, was Body Count. Ice-T and his homies hit all the right buttons to upset the self-appointed moral protectors of the world. Gang warfare, murder, racism, voodoo, promiscuity, drug addiction, the self-righteous morality police missed Ice's opinions on the whole lot. What they got up in arms about was the infamous "Cop Killer".

Yes, a black man singing a song about killing police, how wicked, how evil, he must be stopped! Conveniently, it was forgotten that Ice and other gangsta rappers had been rapping about the same thing for at least a decade. Outrage turned to threats. Threats of legal action, threats against Ice-T, threats against Warner Brothers. When the threats turned to death and bomb threats, allegedly from police officers, Warner had no choice but to pull the plug on 'Cop Killer'. I'm glad these protectors of the community are looking after MY moral well-being...

Anyway, back to Ice and his posse... Controversy aside, if Ice-T hadn't already been an established artist, this album probably would not have seen the light of day. The themes already mentioned here had hardly ever been mentioned anywhere in metal prior to this release. Major labels don't generally like gambling on such things as originality. Right from the first track, a little spoken interlude where Ice and bass player Mooseman ambush and murder a police officer, you can tell this is going to be far from your standard metal fare.



Some of the lyrics are just downright idiotic. "Voodoo" is just dumb, a filler track in every sense. "Evil Dick", "KKK Bitch" and "Momma's Gotta Die Tonight" are also somewhat lame when you read the lyrics, but are trying to convey a serious message. While most of the lyrics are fictional, they are written from the first person point of view, making it easy for the ignorant or vindictive to miss the irony. Anyone who thinks Ice-T really had anal sex with Tipper Gore's niece at a KKK rally, or that he dismembered his mother with a bread knife needs serious help.

There's also the rap penchant for self-promotion. Two tracks are basically the name Body Count chanted repeatedly.

The band does get it right from time to time though. "Cop Killer" and "There Goes The Neighbourhood" manage to combine biting irony, a touch of comedy and deliver their message with a real punch. The best of the whole album is "The Winner Loses", the only song Ice-T didn't write (lead guitar maestro Ernie C penned it). It is a heartfelt story of drug addiction and death. It also shows a little subtlety can go a long way.

Most importantly to metal fans though, what does Body Count actually sound like? Well, it sounds like Body Count. Ice-T managed to gather an impressive bunch of musicians around him. The guitar duo of Ernie C and D-Roc are not out and out speed freaks, but can thrash out when required. The rhythm section is solid, while not impressive. Beatmaster V does break into a drum solo at one stage, which is kept mercifully short.

For those who spell rap with a silent "c", even you could stomach this. There is not a single record scratched anywhere on the album, the rhythms are straight metal, rather than anything funky, and while there are breakdowns on most tracks, Ice-T talks rather than raps the lyrics. And he likes to say bad words starting with the letters F, MF, P and N. A lot.

Messy in places, and overrated due to the "Cop Killer" controversy, Body Count's debut is still an entertaining listen, if you can look past a few well-meaning but amateurish mistakes.

BODY COUNT Manslaughter

Album · 2014 · Alternative Metal
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"Manslaughter" is the 5th full-length studio album by US heavy/crossover metal act Body Count. The album was released through Sumerian Records in June 2014. It´s the successor to "Murder 4 Hire" from 2006. There were 9 years between "Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997)" and "Murder 4 Hire (2006)" so it´s safe to say Body Count aren´t exactly profilic when it comes to the number of releases they´ve put out since their inception in 1990. Of course lead vocalist Ice T also has his hip hop/rap and acting careers going (since 2000, Ice T has portrayed NYPD Detective Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), so it´s probably hard to find time for Body Count too. The band has been plagued by untimely deaths among their original members too though (D-Roc died from lymphoma, Beatmaster V from leukemia and Mooseman in a drive-by shooting), and as Body Count was originally founded as a band of brothers playing together, that has probably also had an impact. Since "Murder 4 Hire (2006)" Ill Will has replaced O.T. on the drums, and Juan of the Dead is the new rhythm guitarist replacing Bendrix. Sean E Sean has also been added to the lineup on backing vocals and samples. The rest of the lineup is Ice T on vocals, Ernie C on lead guitars, and Vincent Price on bass.

It was never easy to tag Body Count´s music with a valid genre tag, and while it´s slightly easier on "Manslaughter" (it´s simply a more stylisticly consistent album than some of it´s predecessors), the band still mix as different musical styles as rap, blues, traditional heavy metal, crossover thrash, hardcore, and punk, and create their own style out of those elements. They´ve tuned up the heaviness and crossover thrash metal elements on "Manslaughter" though, and it´s probably their most metallic sounding release to date. Tracks like "Pray for Death", "Manslaughter", and "Bitch in the Pit" are very aggressive and especially in the latter case mosh inducing tracks, that´ll sit well with the band´s most metal loving fans. The same is probably true for the cover version of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies. Ice T has re-written the lyrics for that one, and they are actually quite humourous, although I´ve heard the opinion from others that it´s silly.

As usual Ice T´s vocal performance and lyrics are a big part of Body Count´s sound, and on "Manslaughter" were treated to the trademark lyrical themes of social issues/commentary, violence, and explicit tales of sexual adventures. Especially "Black Voodoo Sex" and "99 Problems BC" describe the latter theme. "99 Problems BC" is a re-recording of the track which originally appeared on Ice T´s "Home Invasion (1993)" album. Alledgedly in an attempt to reclaim the classic track after Jay-Z had huge commercial success using the chorus. In other words making sure that people know that the track was originally written by Ice T and not Jay-Z. Ice T gets a bit preachy on "Wanna Be a Gangsta" and "I Will Always Love You", but other than that this is generally a both fun and thought provoking album.

"Manslaughter" is overall a heavy and quite aggressive album, and the powerful and clear sounding production suits the music perfectly. The band are also very well playing and upon conclusion "Manslaughter" is a great quality release by Body Count. All tracks on the 14 track, 50:29 minutes long album are memorable, and only few of them drag the overall quality down. To my ears it´s their best album since the debut, and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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