Body Count – Bloodlust

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Reviewed: June 2017
Released: 2017, Century Media
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

I must admit and send out a brief apology here. When all the hype of Body Count’s latest release, BLOODLUST was circulating, I was genuinely looking forward to hearing it. Being a fan of the band, owning the first three releases, I had hesitation and excitement building. When they released the studio video for “All Lives Matter”, I could only make through the end of the opening talking point before clicking the close button and not giving the rest a chance. It truly irritated me.

Being a fan of the band, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I gave in and bought the album. (Actually bought it the day it was released). It is the politically charged rhetoric and violently natured topics that Ice-T spews forth in their style of edgy, hardcore thrash that I have come, or better yet, we have come to enjoy over the years. If it’s one thing that Ice does, is tells it like it is. BLOODLUST as a whole is an incredible album of non-stop hardcore fury. The many elements of thrash throughout the album are as usual, done very well in the Body Count fashion. Many metal fans over the years don’t give Body Count the credit they deserve. Ice-T is a metal fan. Sure he may sudo-rap to the thrashy goodness us metal heads enjoy musically, but even many metal or hardcore bands do the same.

Anyways, I can get into the whole narrative of the tracks. But I actually do not want to spoil them for you. There is some brutal shit (lyrically) on this release that left me shaking my head thinking, “Damn!” There are not really any outrageous claims on the socially and political (police) rantings on a couple of the tracks that delve into what we as a country here in the U.S. have been dealing with the past few years. Just a breakdown of what is happening out there.

Some of the other tracks deal with some pretty violent, pretty messed up content. It’s great! I can’t get over how well I enjoyed this album from first listen. It is still in the player. Body Count is primed and ready for the world of metal once again. As fans of the genre, give Body Count’s BLOODLUST a listen. I do not see how anyone could dislike this one. This ain’t just Ice-T, and this ain’t any lemonade. This is straight up hardcore thrash metal. This is Body Count mutha fuckas!


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Track Listing:
1. Civil War
2. The Ski Mask Way
3. This Is Why We Ride
4. All Love is Lost
5. Raining Blood (SLAYER cover)
6. God, Please Believe Me
7. Walk With Me
8. Here I Go Again
9. No Lives Matter
10. Bloodlust
11. Black Hoodie

Ice-T – vocals
Ernie C – lead guitar
Vincent Price – bass
Juan Of The Dead – guitar
Ill Will – drums
Sean E. Sean – sampler/backing vocals
Little Ice – Background vocals