The highly controversial and iconic, Body Count (featuring Ice-T on vocals), has officially inked a world-wide deal with Century Media Records and will begin tracking their highly anticipated new, full-length offering with Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body). Putney also tracked the group’s last effort, Manslaughter, which caught the entire genre’s immediate attention with its sheer abrasiveness and unabashed brutality.
Ice- T states:
"It’s cool to be a member of The Century Label Group alongside such a lot of well-established metal artists. 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 CountT style intact. Producer, Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body), is like a member of the band and has an excellent ear. He’s a great producer because he captures the true essence of our band’s sound. Once we are done writing the song it’s his job to step in and make it sound better. He helps move the record in the right direction, were anticipating working with him again. “Once the records done, were going to shoot a lot of music videos and perform spot-dates on certain tests, etc.”
This is the group that dropped hip-hop attitude into heavy metal and hard rock music before Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead made records, despite nary an ounce of rapping over their mosh-pit inducing songs. Body Count is a full on metal band, fronted by a legendary rapper who drops knowledge, violent stories and verbal middle fingers, with a bellowing growl descended from some of punk rock’s most pissed off screamers.
Ice-T and co-founder / lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable Manslaughter, backed by bassist/songwriter Vincent Price (with Body Count now for nearly 15 years), drummer Ill Will (joined in 2009) and new guitarist Juan Garcia of Evildead. They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer. From the punk bite of their gold debut through the metallic triumph of Born Dead (1994), Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997) and Murder 4 Hire (2006), to the all encompassing Body Count vibe of Manslaughter, which merges the strengths of the band’s entire catalogue.
Driven by the same iconoclastic, anti-authoritarian and pimp-turned-poet mentality that made Ice-T a gangster rap pioneer, a platinum artist from the streets and a household name in film and television before “rapper / actor” was a commonly used term, Body Count flipped the script with the same tenacity when they bum-rushed heavy metal. The first rumblings of Body Count were heard in the eponymous song unleashed on Ice-T’s gigantic O.G.: Original Gangster album in 1991, which hit stores just two months after Ice’s first major movie role in the modern crime classic, “New Jack City.” The fierce thrash of the “Body Count” anthem put people on notice that the Megadeth cap Ice-T wore on MTV wasn’t for show: aggressive heavy metal and hardcore is in his blood.
Corrosion Of Conformity announce North American Live Assault; IX streaming in entirely At A.V. Club
With the official release of their new full-length, fittingly titled "IX", now just days away, North Carolina crossover icons, Corrosion Of Conformity are very pleased to announce their first North American live assaults in support of the offering. The near two-week run will commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying!
The trek follows the band's live takeovers next month in New Zealand and Australia. "We are really fired up to bring COC back to New Zealand and Australia for the first time in over a decade," says vocalist/bassist Mike Dean. "I've been with Vista Chino and had a great experience on Soundwave and the shows on the side. Our set is shaping up to include songs from IX, Deliverance, the self-titled, and Animosity."
7/18/2014 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
7/19/2014 Valhalla - Wellington, NZ
7/20/2014 Churchills - NZ
7/24/2014 Crowbar - Brisbane, AUS
7/25/2014 NSC - Sydney AUS
7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel - Melbourne AUS
7/27/2014 Enigma Bar - Adelaide AUS
w/ Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying
8/20/2014The Hop - Spokane, WA [tickets]
8/21/2014 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO [tickets]
8/23/2014 Sister - Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
8/24/2014 Club Red - Mesa, AZ [tickets]
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA [on sale next week]
8/27/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
8/28/2014 DNA - San Francisco, CA [tickets]
8/29/2014 Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA [tickets]
8/30/2014 Dante's - Portland, OR [tickets]
8/31/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA [tickets]
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC [tickets]
Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, writing for "IX" commenced in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by Summer's end. Completed in January, "IX" clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk... it's all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from Corrosion Of Conformity.
The planned June 24th release date of "IX" was moved to July 1st with the 180-gram vinyl pressing expected later in the month. Fans that preordered the CD directly from Candlelight should be finding their copy in post boxes now as the eleven-song digipak continues to garner glowing reviews critics nationally.
In a recent 8/10 review of the long player, Decibel Magazine gushes, "COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012's self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band's strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song." Crowning the record "Album Of The Month," Metal Reviews commends, "the sound of an experienced band who can still make a heavy and fresh-sounding album," while Loudwire adds, "The album's production is full with plenty of low end, showcasing the thick riffs and potent rhythm section. Clocking in at just over forty-two-minutes, the band delivers the goods and doesn't overstay their welcome."
In celebration of its approaching release, The Onion's A.V. Club is currently streaming "IX" in its entirety, lauding its variation between "smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence, the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast."
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