There has never been a better time for a Body Count album than right now. With tensions continuing to increase in the US after the presidential election, Ice-T has brought the BC crew back together and the band has produced their best album!
‘Bloodlust’ represents the band firing on all cylinders; from Ice-T’s venomous vocal delivery, to the crushing guitars and pounding rhythm section, the whole album is incredibly focussed, filled with fire and passion, and leaves you feeling pumped at the end.
There are a number of high-profile guests on the album. From Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on the opening track-the crushing ‘Civil War’ to spots from Max Cavelera on the excellent ‘All Love is Lost’ and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe on ‘Walk With Me…’. Hell, there is even a cover of Ice-T’s favourite metal band, the legendary Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘Postmortem’ called ‘Raining in Blood/Postmortem 2017’. \m/
But, what makes this album stand out is the quality of the songs. Things getting off to a great start with ‘Civil War’, the production is tight, each instrument able to breathe and Ice-T spitting lyrics about a country divided, it is damn good stuff! ‘Ski Mask Way’ starts off with a ferocious guitar before settling into a catchy as hell tune of the highest quality-one of my favourite BC songs, for sure. Things go from strength-to-strength with ‘This Is Why We Ride’ to ‘All Love is Lost’ and the cool Slayer cover.
Things slow down some for the spoken word ‘God, Please Believe Me’, nice guitar from Ernie C playing in the background to this one then Randy Blythe explodes out of the speakers for ‘Walk With Me..’, another very solid tune. ‘No Lives Matter’ needs no introduction, this is classic Body Count and it’s up there with their very best songs. Finally, ‘Black Hoodie’ is a great way to finish the album. I love this song and it should sound intense in a live setting.
As a whole, the album is a short, sharp, shock of rap-infused metal with conscious lyrics, tight musicianship and a f**k you attitude that few bands can portray without coming across as fake. It’s Body Count’s best album ever, in my opinion. The band sticks to its winning formula but delivers their best set of songs in years. Hell yeah!
Pick up a copy from here.