One of the albums I have been listening to is the new Body Count album, Manslaughter. This is a ridiculously absurd album. By lead singer Ice-T’s own admission this album is grindhouse. It is meant to be over-the-top. Songs about torture, black voodoo sex, and murder permeate the album. However, this is absurdity with a purpose: The record is meant to show how meaningless the modern recording industry is. This album is a comedy record as well as a heavy metal record. It is more laugh out loud funny than it is offensive, and that is by design. Ice-T is just having fun.
The riffs and songs in general don’t rise to the level of Body Count’s self titled debut. However, anyone that liked that record will find enough to like here.
“Guys have gone from ‘Fight the Power’ to ‘What does Kim Kardashian have on today?’ What the fuck is going on?”
Ice is telling dirty jokes and speaking truth to power, often at the same time. On the song Pray for Death he imagines torturing a bully by splitting his nuts with a golf club.
“America’s losing their cribs while you are bragging about the shit you did or shit you bought. Most of it lies. Yeah you know I know you know.”
It’s like if Slayer and Public Enemy made a record together. In another era this album might be simply entertaining, but unfortunately it is one of the few records I have heard recently where it feels like something is on the line.
Imagine if an angry Richard Pryor fronted an extreme metal band. You’ll arrive somewhere close to where these proceedings go. If that sounds at all interesting to you check it out. If you have never heard Body Count start with their self titled debut. If you like that album this is a worthy follow up.