Now entering their third decade as a band, you can always count on Body Count to bring some politicised but no less fun rap metal, and it’s arguable that they’re still relatively overlooked.
Their latest album, ‘Carnivore’, shows no signs of slowing down, and they’ve got a wide range of guests on board.
The bloodthirsty opener and title-track is as immediate as you’d expect, with the gangster rap themes shining through, and a strong low-end helping to get things off to a fierce start.
‘Point The Finger’ is also a no-holds-barred, heavy number, with Reilly Gale (Power Trip) on hand to bring an extra level of righteous, politically-charged fury, specifically about police shootings. Given that their most famous single ‘Cop Killer’ is still being spoken about today, this is very much what you’d expect.
The band also proceed to deliver a cover of Motörhead‘s hit ‘Ace Of Spades’, which is as faithful to the original as you can get, yet Ice T‘s spoken introduction, which will appear again later, gives a personable feel to the album, and makes you feel as if you’re at one of their live shows. ‘Another Level’, featuring Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), is another slab of immediate, swinging hardcore.
While the ‘Ace Of Spades’ cover is understandable, you may be wishing for a newer original song in the place of ‘Colors – 2020’, which is a re-working of Ice T’’ classic 1988 single. The shuffle maintained from the original is still a positive, though, and this beefed-up version is still a noble idea on paper.
‘No Remorse’ follows in a similar vein. Even if the lyrics are a bit over the top with the machismo, you still feel you’d rather listen to this as opposed to faceless bands who have nothing to say.
‘When I’m Gone’, which is dedicated to the late Nipsey Hussle, is another moment of heart on the album, which shows that there’s more to Body Count than you may think. Another guest vocalist none other than Amy Lee (Evanescence) is drafted for this one, and the juxtaposition of Ice T‘s and Lee‘s vocal stylings is just about pulled off for this.
‘Thee Critical Beatdown’ is Body Count at their best though, and this song brings bounce, groove, and hooks: everything you want from them. It’s also a reminder that with bands like Stray From The Path as popular as they are, their influence is still looming large.
While ‘Carnivore’ is very much Body Count as you’d expect, this is still a fun album that doesn’t outstay its welcome at all, showcasing many methods to their immediately head bang-able wall of indignation.