So, Ice-T’s metal band, Body Count, has been around for over 20 years or so. I have to say that I’ve never really been much of a fan. They’ve put out some decent songs over the years, but it always seemed like more of a vehicle for stirring up controversy rather than really focusing on putting out some really amazing metal. I was honestly under the impression that Ice-T’s main focus these days was more on his acting career more than music.
Well, Ice-T and his crew are pissed and they have harnessed this anger into one of the more moving and catchy albums to hit the streets this year. Maybe it’s because my frame of mind of late has been in a particularly pissed off mood, but this new album really touched a nerve. This is a serious platter of hardcore influenced metal that just doesn’t fuck around one bit. Musically, this thing jumps out of the gate and just slams the listener up against the wall and doesn’t let up until the last note hits. It looks like the main creators on this album are Ice-T and his long time guitarist/buddy Ernie C, but it looks like a good chunk of the supporting cast are new members from the original lineup from the Cop Killer days. I don’t know if these guys are just a more talented group than the original group of musicians, but the songs are just tight and catchy as all get. I seriously have not been able to get Black Hoodie, Civil War and No Lives Matter out of my head since the first listen I gave this album. I dare you to listen to Black Hoodie and not have “Wooo, Wooo…that’s the sound of the police” stuck in your head all week long. Lyrically, Ice-T is doing his thing and, agree or not, his anger is real and his takes on current events warrants a listen.
In addition, the album has some really cool guest appearances from Dave Mustaine(!), Max Cavalera and Randy Blythe and as an added bonus, the band rips through an awesome cover of Raining Blood midway through the album
I have a feeling that this is going to be the album that ends up surprising me the most this year. I had no expectation of even purchasing this thing when I saw it on the release calendar, but I am soooo glad that I took a chance on it. This really has a serious chance to be an album of the year contender when we get to December.
4.5 flip flops out of 5