My God…what an album!!! This is definitely among the best releases of 2017 although I must add that it shouldn’t come as a surprise to all of us who follow Body Count’s journey in the last 25 years. “Bloodlust” is the sixth studio album by the American outfit and once again what we are getting here is yet another classic one!
The wrath, the anger, the tension, the frustration and the disappointment are spit out like venom through the ever sarcastic lyrics of Ice-T while the pure metal aesthetic is wonderfully blended with the punk/hardcore element that is so familiar to all the Body Count fans out there. Naturally, we didn’t expect and differential or experimental points here and truth be told…we didn’t want any! Pour into the musical crucible of Body Count a blend of Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies; add a heavy dose of most inspired, political, thought-invoking lyrics (courtesy of Ice-T), enrich them with a stellar production and of course don’t forget to include the narrative intros that are so characteristic of a typical Body Count album.
Apart from the amazing tracks “All Love Is Lost” and “No Lives Matter”, we are also treated with a magnificent rendition of the classic Slayer song “Raining Blood/Post Mortem”. You could have sworn that this was a remake by Slayer themselves (with Lombardo behind the drums). Of notice, here, is the participation of Dave Mustaine, Randy Blythe and Max Cavalera among the guests while Ice-T son, Tracy Marrow Jr. (aka Little Ice) is also featured in the backing vocals.
All in all, buy the album without any second thought and listen to it back to back with the debut record. But I must give you a word of advice: DON’T do it while driving. There is a serious possibility of an accident.
Highlight: What a huge tour would be if Suicidal Tendencies joined forces with Body Count. The excitement would be unbelievable and the shows monumental…with a few casualties on the way, that is…