Sunday 15 March 2020

Album Review: BODY COUNT - Carnivore

Body Count - Carnivore

01. Carnivore
02. Point The Finger (feat. Riley Gale)
03. Bum-Rush
04. Ace Of Spades (Motorhead cover)
05. Another Level (feat. Jamey Jasta)
06. Colors (2020)
07. No Remorse
08. When I'm Gone (feat. Amy Lee)
09. Thee Critical Beatdown
10. The Hate Is Real

I've been a Body Count fan since I was a kid, so I've been looking forward to Carnivore for some time. Their 2014 comeback album, Manslaughter, was my favourite album of that year and the best thing they've ever released. The album that followed, Bloodlust, was killer too (read my review here), so I had every faith in Ice T and Ernie C to keep their standards high. Once again, they haven't let me down.

This is Rap Metal at its finest. It's agressive, punchy, lyrically provocative, and weaves between the worlds of political commentary and much needed escapism. However, this time, there's less escapism and even more rage. Since Manslaughter, the fun element has decreased and the genuine anger at social injustice has become more direct and arguably more reflective of the times we live in.

Most importanlty, the songs are killer. Lead single Bum Rush is a high-energy, infectious track that stands shoulder to shoulder with their finest songs. It as sounds fresh and contemporary as anything released by artists several decades younger than Ice T and Ernie C (they're in their 60's now).

Most of the album is fucking brutal. Carnivore and Point The Finger take no prisoners. No Remorse and The Hate Is Real are also hate-fuelled bangers that require repeated listens at high volume. I ws surprised to hear Evanescence's Amy Lee on a Body Count song, but her vocals on When I'm Gone add a heavy-hearted beauty to one of the album's more somber moments.

Aside from the original tracks, there's a balls-out cover of Motorhead's Ace Of Spades and a heavy re-working of Ice T's solo classic Colors. What's not to love here?


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