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Body Count
Bloodlust
Type: CD
Company: Century Media
Release: 2017
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Nakia Melody
Published: 4/12/2017
Nothing is out of reach for the tirade of fury
It is rare that a band who seemingly peaks with their first album like Body Count did with their 1992 eponymous release ever can reach those same heights again. Ice-T has never pulled any punches lyrically, however as success and money starts to flow it is hard to see the same anger taken seriously as a listener.

Thankfully, no matter which side of politics you sit, the last two years has provided plenty of fodder for righteous indignation and from the first Mustaine-led riffs and public service overture in "Civil War" it is very clear where this album is going. Whether it is Trump, BLM, SJWs, the 1%, police or black-on-black crime, nothing is out of reach for the tirade of fury that Ice-T displays as the frustration pours out.

Every song hits hard and influences differ from every song that rips from the playlist. Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Stuck Mojo, and Sabbath are heard everywhere and then a decent mix of guests in Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) and Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly) take this everywhere from Rapcore to Hardcore to Thrash to Groove Metal.

As a pasty late-30 something white dude, it is still difficult to have the same bravado in public that I have in my car when screaming to the Body Count lyrics but this genre-smashing classic is everything a metal, no, MUSIC fan could want. There are so many highlights however the violence and horror in "The Ski Mask Way" and "Here I Go Again" will have you pressing the little circle button to do it again, and again, and again.

After 22 years, we are going to go to see Body Count again in OZ soon, so the timing of this release has been perfect. Buy it, stream it, just do whatever you have to do to get this in your rotation.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BODY COUNT
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
BloodlustBody Count
2017
Nakia Melody4/12/2017
Live In LA DVDBody Count
2005
Eric Compton7/19/2006


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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BODY COUNT
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Ernie C.Body CountMM3/7/2004


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