New York hardcore veterans, Madball have finished recording their upcoming album, ‘For the Cause,’ which will feature a guest appearance from rapper/Body Count frontman, Ice-T. About being featured on the record, Ice-T commented, “It‘s an honor to record with the legendary Madball. Body Count draws its closest similarities to NY Hardcore. This is a natural.” Singer, Freddy Cricien added, “It’s truly an honor to have Ice-T on our record! I grew up on his music from his early hip hop stuff till now. He’s an iconic figure but also a ‘class act’, you don’t always get both at once. Ice has a great respect for NYHC and Madball, means the world. This was meant to happen…. real recognizes real.” Continue reading →
The Los Angeles rap metal outfit are having a great time of their career. Having released ‘Bloodlust‘ back in 31st March the previous year to a critical and worldwide acclaim, they continue to stir some controversial and blunt right opinions in the music industry. In its first week, it debuted at #3 in the UK Rock and Metal Chart. The track, “Black Hoodie” from the same album is up for their maiden Grammy nomination this year at the 60th annual Grammy Awards Show. Talking about Grammys, the LA collective will begin 2018 on a high note as they also get a chance to showcase their live performance at this year’s Grammys. BODY COUNT will perform live during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony hosted by Paul Shaffer, which will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 3–6 p.m. ET and will be streamed live internationally via GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com
Body Count is an Los Angeles based metal band formed in 1990. The group is fronted by Ice-T, who co-founded the group with lead guitarist Ernie C . Ice-T first made his stamp on the music industry as a rapper and moved on to metal when he formed Body Count. The band released its self-titled debut album in 1992. The band encountered controversy over their track “Cop Killer”, which was thought to glamorize killing police officers. Because of this song Body Count was banned from playing anywhere in L.A. The band was already star studded but this news made them even more popular. Ernie C the man responsible for writing the bands music had an integral part of kick starting the careers of both Stone Temple Pilots and Rage Against The Machine as he helped produce their demos. Three out of the band’s original six members are deceased: D-Roc died from lymphoma, Beatmaster V from leukemia and Mooseman in a drive-by shooting. The band released 3 more albums before going on hiatus. ‘Born Dead’ (1994), ‘Violent Demise: The Last Days’ (1997), and then 9 years later released ‘Murder 4 Hire’ in 2006. In 2012 the band advised they were working on a new album and were quickly signed to Sumerian Records. The band released the album ‘Manslaughter’ in 2014 and also unveiled the single and video for ‘Institutionalized’. The single cemented Body Count’s rightful place in the metal world. In March of this year Body Count released their sixth studio album ‘Bloodlust’ via Century Media. The album has star studded guest appearances by appear on the album are Max Cavalera, Randy Blythe and Dave Mustaine. The band has played very few dates since the release of the album, but we were fortunate enough to see one of their only U.S. performances at this years Chicago Open Air.
After an electric first day, it was time to get back up early Saturday morning to head in for day two of Chicago Open Air. Several great performances from bands like Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Crobot, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Code Orange, and more had all of us very interested to see if the second day could top it. With Korn, Godsmack, Avatar, Body Count, Clutch, and several others, we knew it would be very close. It only took a few performances and we already knew that Saturday would be on an even higher level. Continue reading →
Who doesn’t love SLAYER‘s ‘Raining Blood‘, one of thecareer defining and probably the most identified flagship SLAYER song, or maybe even the entire genre’s. Thrash metal has had some sort of weird love connection with rap, it all started when ANTHRAX did a collaboration with hip hop group PUBLIC ENEMY and thus kickstarted the rap metal wagon. Today after many years of their first coitus we see these two joining hands in another form. Hip hop legend, actor, vocalist and front man Ice T‘s band BODY COUNT has released yet another video from their all brand new album, ‘Bloodlust‘ and it is a rendition of SLAYER‘s ‘Raining Blood‘ with a twist as the song ends with the outro of ‘Postmortem‘. The BODY COUNT cover is known as ‘Raining In Blood/Postmortem‘. The song begins off with a short insight as Ice T explains why and how he formed the band when he saw kids mosh to hip hop songs and thought why not form a metal band by pulling in inspiration and influences from legendary acts like the BLACK SABBATH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and SLAYER. Stream the all new track below: