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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
The wait is finally over, as Ice-T’s Body Count is back and more vicious than ever. The band's new full-length album, "Bloodlust," is set for a March 31st release via Century Media Records and the scathing music video for “No Lives Matter” can be seen below.
Body Count is the gangster metal collective that made music fearsome to mainstream America and with “Cop Killer” sent politicians, parents, and law enforcement officials into a proverbial tailspin a quarter-century ago.
“Music happens in climates,” Body Count frontman Ice-T says when asked about his expectations for the band’s new opus "Bloodlust," a razor-sharp collection of social right hooks and body blows that paint a picture of an America in utter and complete shambles. “Groups like Rage Against The Machine and Korn were born when the world was in turmoil, then music went into this delusional period where hip-hop became about nothing more than poppin’ bottles. Now we have impending doom again, racism is at an all-time high and it’s our season again. This is the optimal time for a Body Count record.” More...
In response to a fan question on Ice-T's Twitter profile, Body Count has now revealed that Max Cavalera, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe will all appear on new album "Bloodlust" coming via Century Media Records.
An official music video for first single "No Lives Matter" is coming on February 17th, with a previously posted teaser clip available right here.
Ice-T states: "With our last album 'Manslaughter,' we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact." More...
Body Count, featuring Ice-T on vocals, just released a new music video teaser for upcoming single, "No Lives Matter." The scathing track comes off impending full-length album "Bloodlust" (Century Media Records).
Look for the official music video to drop on February 17th and more info pertaining to the album will be announced in the coming weeks.
Ice- T states: "With our last album 'Manslaughter,' we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact."
Ice-T and co-founder/lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected a mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable "Manslaughter." They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer.
Body Count frontman Ice-T shares the below footage of a recent music video shoot for a new single "No Lives Matter", taken from the band’s upcoming new album "Bloodlust", which will arrive in stores in March, 2017 through Century Media.
Check out now "No Lives Matter" below.
EXCLUSIVE! In LA filming the 1st BodyCount Video 'No Lives Matter' Bloodlust is coming March 2017 Prepare for Impact! pic.twitter.com/tp0ikgtU8W— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) December 28, 2016
Dave Mustaine, frontman of American thrash metal legends Megadeth, has revealed in an interview with Metal Hammer magazine that his band will be teaming up with Body Count, the group fronted by iconic rapper Ice-T for a world tour in 2017. The package will also include three other bands and no dates have been announced as of yet, but they will be taking the tour to Asia, with at least one show in Malaysia expected after the country lifted the band on Megadeth performing there. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
"We're talking about a very large tour next summer with five bands on it with us. It's going to be more of a guest appearance than a direct support kind of thing.
"We've been looking at a lot of interesting acts, but for me I don't always try and pick out the flavour of the month – I have loyalty to my friends. I always thoughts that Body Count, while if not for everybody, I thought it was great.
"It's not your normal metal band, it's cool to see somebody crossing over from the hip-hop world into the metal world. I think it's great to be open-minded about different people from different backgrounds."
The Graspop Metal Meeting festival, held annually in the small Belgian town of Dessel, has become one of the highlights of the metal calendar, along with such festivals as Wacken Open Air and Hellfest and this year, the event proved how successful it is by celebrating it's twentieth edition. It was certainly a special way to mark the occassion, booking a number of bands who had never played the festival before but who fans had been clamouring to see. It has always traditionally catered to head bangers of all ages, bringing in bands from the early days of metal to the stars of today, as well as up and comers. Before we go any further, it should be noted that due to scheduling conflicts, some big names either will not be covered in this review, or only mentioned briefly, so don't be disappointed if your favourite band doesn't get the treatment you want, if at all. So, with all that said, just how good can a metal festival in the Flemish region be? Read on, MacDuff.
Arriving on the Thursday, the camp site seemed to be smoother than ever to get in to than previous years. Whether this is because the staff have further improved the planning of the grounds, metal heads have become friendlier over the past four years, or because I've been put on medication since my last visit, we'll never know. Anyway, the general atmosphere at Graspop was, as per usual, a very relaxed one, with people from all over the world coming to listen to and celebrate the music they love so dearly. There are some bands performing on this day too, mostly cover acts such as The Art of Pantera and Diolegacy. It's a good way to get introduced to the festival grounds, get some tokens (imagine Disney money but with skulls on,) and familiarise yourself with the stages, food stalls and the cafe, which is more of a pub with Warlock on full blast.
On to the most important thing however, the music. Kicking off the main stage, or rather, the second main stage as the festival now has two, was hard rock supergroup, The Dead Daisies. The band features a collective of solid names such as Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed and former Motley Crue vocalist, John Corabi. Looking at the bands on the members resume such as Guns N Roses, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, their good time, hard rocking sound was pretty much what one would expect. This does not, however, stop them from doing their job of getting people on their feet, putting smiles on faces and generally bringing a great vibe to the event that is so vital in making sure a festival gets off to a good start. They're not just a party act either, they've got some genuinly good songs and a number of people seemed to be a little surprised how much they enjoyed the set. Bottom line: If you want to party like it's 1985, go see the Dead Daisies. You'll be glad you did. More...
In the latest of tracks streaming from the new Body Count album "Manslaughter," Ice-T has posted a remake of the Suicidal Tendencies track "Institutionalized."
In the remake, the lyrical content is changed to vignettes about playing on the Xbox, resetting internet passwords, and vegans. Stream the remake of "Institutionalized" below.
Body Count, featuring Ice-T, is streaming the new track "Bitch in the Pit." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Manslaughter," which drops on June 10th via Sumerian Records.
Body Count is set to embark on a tour this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Bitch in the Pit" here:
The legen - wait for it - dary Body Count (featuring Ice-T on vocals) triumphantly returns with a new full-length album, titled "Manslaughter," which is set for a June 10th release.
Body Count will be performing a special, one-off record release headlining show at The Gramercy in NYC on June 12th with Madball as direct support. Details are available here. Also look for Body Count on the RockStar Energy Mayhem Festival this summer (select dates only). More...
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has now revealed the lineup for the 2014 tour, which kicks of July 5th and will feature four stages.
The lineup will feature: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Body Count Featuring ICE T, Miss May I, Emmure, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil Of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Darkest Hour, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, King 810 and Erimha.
Dates are as follows:
July 05 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
July 06 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 09 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 11 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
July 14 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 Maryland Heights, MO Verizion Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 Milwaukee, WI Eagle's Ballroom ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TASTE OF MAYHEM
July 19 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Theatre
July 25 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
July 30 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 01 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 02 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
August 03 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 07 Oklahoma City, OK OKC Downtown Airpark
August 09 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 10 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion More...
"There goes the neighborhood," Ice-T loudly exclaimed. The rapper/actor wasn't here to shoot a commercial or drop a beat. At this moment, the second day of FFF 2013 in Auditorium Shores park, he was "in the house" with his metallic creation, Body Count. The song in question, which deals with the prejudices of black people playing rock music, took on a different context after Ice-T explained Austin, Texas marked the beginning of legal trouble he experienced with "Cop Killer." Because of the controversy surrounding this song from the group's self-titled debut, and I didn't even know Austin's PD chief instigated the controversy, I wondered if we would hear this infamous track. More...
AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 12, 2013) - The eighth annual FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) unveils the daily schedule of music and comedy performances during the festival at Auditorium Shores in Austin November 8-10, 2013. Also just announced, is the FFF Nites lineup, which are the nightly after parties free with a festival wristband.
"There's really something for everyone in this year's daily lineup. Folks are in for a special treat on any of the three days," says FFF Fest Founder Graham Williams. "We're very excited about the amazing list of FFF Nites artists who help us keep the music going all weekend long."
Festival producers Transmission Events are once again bringing a mix of new, up-and-coming talent, rare performances, and fan favorites each day of the festival. And, the fun will continue after the park closes each night during FFF Nites with shows at participating venues all around Austin. The music of FFF Fest combines everything from indie rock to hip-hop, punk to electronic, metal to folk, comedy to action sports.
Check the schedule below to determine when to see bands such as Slayer, Gojira, Flag, Pelican, Cro-Mags, Quicksand and Body Count. More...
AUSTIN, TX (July 10, 2013) Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is excited to announce the music lineup of the 8th annual festival to be held November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale today at funfunfunfest.com
The lineup includes headliners M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, and FLAG (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton). The full list of artists also includes performances from Big Freedia, Cut Copy, Ice-T’s Body Count, The Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre), Deerhunter, Dismemberment Plan, Quicksand, Death Grips, Johnny Marr (of The Smiths), King Khan and the Shrines, Lupe Fiasco, Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth), The Locust, Daniel Johnston, Unlocking the Truth, and more. Still to be announced is this year’s comedy programming. Additional musical acts may also be announced in August and September. More...
Legendary rapper and frontman of crossover thrash metal outfit Body Count, Ice-T has announced via his Twitter account that the band will be recording a new album next month, entitled, "Manslaughter." This will be the first album from the group since the 2006 release, "Murder 4 Hire," and will be available on Sumerian Records. No further details have been made available at this time.
For more information on Body Count, please check out our feature on the band from our Sunday Old School series.
A new track from veteran rap metallers Body Count, who feature rapper and actor Ice-T in its ranks, has made its way online. The track was penned for the upcoming Gears of War 3 video game release in which Ice-T will also appear as a playable character by the name of Griffin. You can check out the song below.
Body Count, the highly controversial band fronted by rapper and actor, Ice-T, recently performed a brand new song entitled, "Gears Of War" at this year's edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3.) You can check out fan filmed footage of the band performing the song below. This is the first new material from the band since the 2006 album, "Murder 4 Hire," and is expected to appear on the group's new album, which is rumoured to be released this year around September time.
Body Count is not the only band to have recorded a song for the "Gears Of War" series, American thrash metal legends Megadeth also recorded a song of the same name for the first installment of the series, where it appears in an instrumental version. "Gears Of War 3" will be released on September 20th. More...
The relationship between rap music and the world of hard rock and heavy metal has long been an interesting one. In many ways, both genres are very different and many members of each community look at the other with contempt. Whether it it be that metal fans think that rap is all about "bitches and money" or that rap fans think metal fans look stupid and every band is just screaming. However there are many others in both genres who at least respect the other, at times colloborating such as Public Enemy and Anthrax. One such member of the rap world who had a respect, admiration and love for hard rock and metal music was the legendary Ice-T. Ice-T decided to form his own rock band, Body Count with musicians he knew from school to help expand his musical palette in 1990 and debuted the band at the 1991 Lollapalooza tour, which many stated was the highlight of the tour. From there the band appeared on Ice-T's acclaimed album, "O.G. Original Gangster" and opened for Guns N' Roses before releasing their self-titled debut album in March 1992.
The band was highly controversial, not least due to the song, "Cop Killer," a song inspired by the Talking Heads track "Psycho Killer" and intended to criticise corrupt police officers in the United States. The band was boycotted by police groups as well as parents and the religious right and were even denounced by then U.S. President George H. W. Bush. "Cop Killer" wasn't the only song on the album to receive a negative reaction either. "KKK Bitch"and "Evil Dick" also gained the band notoriety for what people saw as obscene lyrics, to the point where noted actor Charlton Heston entered a Time Warner shareholders meeting and read the lyrics out, confident with a sense of unwarranted self-importance that by doing this the band would be fired from the label. Ice-T himself decided to remove the song "Cop Killer" from the album because he felt that the band should be more known for their music than controversy. The band does, however, continue to perform the song live.
Since then the band has released three more albums, 1994's "Born Dead," 1997's "Violent Demise: The Last Days" and 2006's "Murder 4 Hire." Sadly, of the original lineup, only Ice-T and lead guitarist Ernie C are still alive, with drummer Beastmaster V passing away in 1996 after a battle with leukemia, bass player Mooseman being killed in a shooting while working for Iggy Pop in 2001 and guitarist D-Roc succumbing to lymphoma in 2004. The band has been inactive for a while but recently made an apperance at the Vans Warped Tour anniversary party in Los Angeles. No word has been given on whether they will record a new album again at some point, but Body Count still holds a large cult following across the globe, particularly in Europe, and the very thought of a new tour or album is something that generates a lot of excitement... and probably some controversy for good measure. More...
Machine Head has announced that a special edition of their acclaimed album, "The Blackening" will be released on October 27th. The set will include two CDs aswell as a bonus DVD.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Clenching The Fists Of Dissent
2. Beautiful Mourning
3. Aesthetics Of Hate
4. Now I Lay Thee Down
8. A Farewell To Arms
Disc two (rarities and b-sides):
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden cover)
2. Alan's On Fire (Poison Idea cover)
3. Negative Creep (Nirvana cover)
4. Seasons Wither
5. My Misery
6. House Of Suffering (Bad Brains cover)
7. The Possibility Of Life's Destruction (Discharge cover)
8. Ten Ton Hammer (Extended original mix)
9. Hole In The Sky (Black Sabbath cover)
10. Colors (Ice-T cover)
11. Hard Times (live Cro-Mags cover)
12. Halo (demo)
13. Aesthetics Of Hate (demo)
1. Clenching The Fists Of Dissent (With Full Force Festival 2008)
2. Now I Lay Thee Down (With Full Force 2008)
3. Halo (With Full Force 2008)
4. Aesthetics Of Hate (Rock In Rio 2008)
5. Davidian (Rock In Rio 008)
6. Imperium (Download Festival 2007)
7. Old (Download Festival 2007)
8. A Thousand Lies (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
9. The Rage To Overcome (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
10. Death Church (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
11. Blood For Blood (Burn My Eyes anniversary show)
The DVD will also include the music videos for "Aesthetics Of Hate," "Halo" and "Now I Lay Thee Down" aswell as a "making-of" feature for each video.
Body Count's latest video for the track “Relationships” off their new record, Murder 4 Hire has been posted on YouTube. The video features Ice-T’s wife Coco and was shot in Miami before the record was even completed. You can check out some of Body Count's music on their MySpace page. More...
MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has dismissed the rumored Gigantour 2 lineup which was published in Bass Player magazine as "so not true, it's actually funny."
As previously reported, new issue of the Bass Player magazine (see scan at this location) has named the following bands as taking part in the second installment of the Gigantour, the festival tour organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power":
The official Gigantour 2 lineup is expected to be announced later this month.