Album Review: Body Count – "Manslaughter"
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:02:37
Body Count pops off like never before on their brand new album Manslaughter.
It's by far the most vicious, visceral, and vital record yet from Ice-T, Ernie C., Juan Of The Dead, Vincent Price, Ill Will, and Sean E Sean. In fact, they up the ante for rap metal as a genre with just how rough and raw they get over the course of the record's fourteen tracks. By the time it's over, you'll be beaten, bloody, bruised, and begging for more. That's precisely what a Body Count record should do.
"Black Ops, I fucking live for the headshot," proclaims Ice-T on the first single "Talk Shit, Get Shot". A gnashing riff cruises along before spiraling out into a stunning lead as the frontman's flow pummels with the same kind of power it did back on the band's self-titled debut and 1991's O.G. Original Gangster. During the dismembering anthem "Pray For Death", he adds, "I'm having too much fun". You can't help but have a blast with him as everything morphs into a good old-fashioned revenge fantasy of the highest order. Body Count also gives us the real "99 Problems BC", running through all kinds of "bitches" and their proclivities with unabashed bravado even HOV couldn't cop to. The punk-y "Back to Rehab" emanates gritty swagger, while "Institutionalized 2014" updates Suicidal Tendencies with 21st century angst.
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed joins Body Count for the explosive "Pop Bubble", adding his growl to the refrain, trading lines with Ice-T who makes sure you know, "You're living in a world for a bullshit!"
At the same time, Ice-T pulls back for a minute and pays a touching homage to the soldiers defending this country on "I Will Always Love You". It's those kinds of moments that makes this a new classic for Body Count.
Ice-T isn't afraid to draw blood, and it flows like rivers on Manslaughter, killing the competition.
What's your favorite Body Count song?