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Body Count: Violent Demise: The Last DaysViolent Demise: The Last Days (1997)
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Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: BrandonSideleauBrandonSideleau
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I know, I know what you little dime a dozen punks are thinking "A band with Ice T in it reviewed on a punk site?!" Well, all I have to say is, if there was ANY true definition of punk rock, Ice T embodies it more so than most other people ever have. And this metal/punk band of his defines what poten.
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I know, I know what you little dime a dozen punks are thinking "A band with Ice T in it reviewed on a punk site?!" Well, all I have to say is, if there was ANY true definition of punk rock, Ice T embodies it more so than most other people ever have. And this metal/punk band of his defines what potent and angry music is all about. Although this was the band's third, last and least commercially successful album.....it is also the best.

The band's first album gained wide notoriety over the track "Cop Killer", a deliciously defiant track which made up for the rest of THAT album's rather unexciting tracks. So, what's the difference here? Well, this album is consistently solid and powerful musically. It sustains a good smack and potentencey throughout the entire record. The title track basically speaks for itself, we've all got to die and when you really sit and think about it....life is one brutal struggle to the last breath. In between choruses Ice lists off different ways to die, it's not the most lyrically complicated song, but it get's your blood pumping nonetheless. Another stand out track is "Truth Or Death", another song whose title explains itself. Ice vents about how everybody lies, all the time and that truth really doesn't exist. The ultimate music for a bad day at work.

The album even hit's a few darkly humorous numbers like the speed hardcore track "Dr. K", in which the infamous Dr. Kavorkian is the subject with entertaining lyrics like "You think your life is fucked? Call Kavorkian! You think your life just sucks? Call Kavorkian!".....with gang vocals and the whole nine yards. The album does hit a VERY serious note however with the song "Last Days", a brutally honest and angry song about racism and the social inequality between the upper classes and the minoritys.

Ice is obviously a very intelligent man whose had enough of the bullshit that surrounds him. Fed up with police brutality, racism, gang violence and the government so he lashes out in musical form and the results are great. Great music for working out or venting some steam.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

This album is GREAT, this is my SCORE!!!!

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

The best BC album until murder 4 hire(not the dvd) is releases

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

"Your right. I dont see why it matters that because im white its harder for me to go to school and its ok for me to be steretyped. Get fuckin brains. Equal rights arent just for poeple that arent white. I never judged anyone for what colr they were and I pay the price every fuckin day. I know some have it harder, and i know some get it much worse then me, but saying rascism doesnt matter to me because im white is pretty fucked up. Thats like saying its ok for some kids to go to school for free because their eskimo and im not! Its ridiculous! Oh wait....that does happen. Scholarships should be based on need not on the color of your skin. Most of these "pro minority rights" groups hurt the cause more then help. "

Oh please, scholarships and colleges. There are about 53452348905 more things that minorities get shitted on over. So fucking what if they have an easier time getting into and paying for college? I find it hillarious when people bitch over how minorities get it so easy when all they get is free scholarships and easier admissions. And I hate to break it to you, but EVERY white person is racist. Every single one. Go read "Bomb the Suburbs", there are several good essays on the subject in there.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

GreenVandal, please take your pro-white bitching elsewhere... Most minorities are still discriminated against in the job market, mostly in the hiring process.

Off the subject, or ON, rather: This album is not very good at all... Ice T has a lot to say, but the music isn't "punk", it's ugly... Even though you can tell they strive to achieve that hardcore sound.

TURN OFF THE WHITE NOISE

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

You honestly don't know what you're talking about.

GreenVandal (April 10, 2003)

Your right. I dont see why it matters that because im white its harder for me to go to school and its ok for me to be steretyped. Get fuckin brains. Equal rights arent just for poeple that arent white. I never judged anyone for what colr they were and I pay the price every fuckin day. I know some have it harder, and i know some get it much worse then me, but saying rascism doesnt matter to me because im white is pretty fucked up. Thats like saying its ok for some kids to go to school for free because their eskimo and im not! Its ridiculous! Oh wait....that does happen. Scholarships should be based on need not on the color of your skin. Most of these "pro minority rights" groups hurt the cause more then help.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

I go to an inner-city school, and don't see many blacks or hispanics getting scholarships. I don't understand what's wrong with minorities getting scholarships easier, as opposed to white people.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Racism in the US is not about color, but about money.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

"Yeah. Its great to be labeled a rascist when im not one. And its great to be hated because the guy on the other side of the counter has this weird notion that I think im better then him. There will never be true equality."

yeah, whop de crap. life sounds really hard for you. oh the horrors of racism towards whites.

GreenVandal (April 8, 2003)

Yeah. Its great to be labeled a rascist when im not one. And its great to be hated because the guy on the other side of the counter has this weird notion that I think im better then him. There will never be true equality.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Trailer trash and hick usually imply a racist, redneck peice of shit....so I have no sympathy for those people. I'm a poor white guy but I'm not called these things! Why? Because I'm not some racist, patriotic asshole. Blacks, on the other hand, get it no matter what. It's the truth. White people don't know the meaning of oppression. You can whine all you want to, but until there is REAL equality, the problem will exist.

GreenVandal (April 7, 2003)

Actualllly....yeah. Trailer trash, hick, white trash, waste of life, embaressment to the species. Believe me I know. Both have it equally hard, except for middle eastern people, they have it the worst here and there is NO denying it.

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

How do poor white people have it worse? Do poor white people have to deal with racial stereotypes and racial slurs from stupid fucks all the time? No.

sk8punx4evr (April 7, 2003)

did anyone ever see that movie with ice-t where he was a homeless guy picked up by rich doctors and he thought they were going on a hunting trip, but then it turns out the rich doctors were going to hunt HIM? it was filled with suspense, with a lot of cliffhangers..literally! the bulk of the movie took place in a forest with cliffs and stuff. lots of good one liners too.

jonbonbandersnatch (April 7, 2003)

poor white people may have it worse, but white people, in general, are much better off. its a fact, look up the census numbers.

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

I love how people are refuting my statements and yet don't even back up their points, its always just "Such and such isn't true" without any proof. I'm not a racist by any means, I know a lot of black and hispanic people who agree with me that white people have it increasingly worse in this country. And anyway, its not as though there's anywhere in America at this point where minorities would be barred from a job simply because of their race, whereas around my area (Orlando, FL) most business have a token white person working there and everyone else are minorities. We have equal rights now, after all the years of struggles and bullshit, minorities have finally made it in this country. I just wish they'd stop fighting for it, because Equal rights is becoming a tool for oppression of the white man.

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

Kill Whitey

GreenVandal (April 7, 2003)

I dont think anyone said they have it easier. I think they said it really annoys us how easy it is to get into college for them.

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

i think it's funny that people think that power is tipping in the minority's direction just because they have an easier time getting scholarships.

jonbonbandersnatch (April 7, 2003)

theres no doubt that there are defintitely more poor white people and i do believe they get shit on just as much as any other minority (except they're not really a minority). something should also be done about it as well. i think poor white people may be one of most often degraded groups ive heard in awhile. its not so un-pc to bash them and this just contributes to problems. im getting a little off track, but im trying to say that i agree with you. poor people have always been fucked over.

i think one reason for some preferential treatment for minorities is when you consider the percentage of any particular race living in poverty; you'll find that minorities percentage of poverty rates are quite a bit above white rates. in other words, if you're born black, you're a hell of a lot more likely to be poor than if you were born white.

theres is a common consensus in the media that it is not ok to steretype minorities, so in order to fill the demand they stereotype poor white people. all of this pressure gives presents the image that there isn't racism in america. but if you consider the percentage of black people living in poverty compared to white people, its pretty obvious that something isn't right. or you could just walk into a mens room in a bar and im sure you'll hear something to make you question whether racism is truly disappearing.

lieutenant (April 6, 2003)

He means on the scale. Not the scale of power, the scale measured in kilograms.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

So you're saying that a Republican african american (Powell), whom is one of the very few african americans in a position of power, actually out weighs all of the thousands of white politicians? I don't think so.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

Yeah well I'm white and fucking piss poor and yet I'm still trying to get into college and rise above the white trash roots that have been laid out for me. Yet I haven't been able to do that because I'm having a fuck of a time finding any scholarships applicable to me. Even the ones that go on nationality don't have Irish listed in some place. Meanwhile I see a lot of black students in my classes who are, in all honestly, dumb as dogshit and don't try to succeed at all, and they're being courted by colleges left and right. I'm not saying minorities don't deserve help and I'm not saying there aren't a lot of poor minorities. What I am saying is that it's completely unfair to assume that all white people have it better than all blacks or hispanics or whomever and thus don't need any help. And who is it that's the 3rd in command of the entire country? Colin Powell? Isn't he black? and what about Condeleeza Rice? A hispanic woman in a position of power? whoda thunk? I'm not saying thats a bad thing, I'm saying that this shows that maybe there isn't such a downward slant against minorities in this country anymore and people should stop acting like it.-------Murphy, the guy who posted the last 2 things that sparked this conversation.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

Another great song on this album is "Street Labotomy". Ice T is a straight edge for any of you who didn't know, and he just nails this song out so well. It kind of reminds me of a speed metal version of "Teenage Lobotomy", except with slightly different lyrics.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

greenvandal-just curious. what about richmond specifically poses a "glass ceiling" for minorities? is there a lot of racism in that city?

GreenVandal (April 6, 2003)

A loan can only go so far dude. If i took any larger of a loan out I would have to start paying the interest while in school, and for like a century afterwards. I dont have time to worka full time job and be a full time college student and sleep somewhwre in there too. If there were 12 more hours in a day maybe...And i dont blame minorities for my predicament. I blame mysle ffor being a bad student, and for just not giving a shit. And even if minorities get much easier rides through college, they still face some undeniable glass cieling in many places in our country still. (such as anyone in Richmand can tell you) I dont balem anyone. And although rascism isnt that bad anymore, it is still there.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

AS long as racism exists there will be a need for affirmative action. Like it or not, racism is still horrifically alive in our shitty american culture. I have seen it first hand, I see it all the time. So if you're gonna blame someone, blame the racist fucks who continue to discriminate, not the minorities who are only trying to pursue a better life. And, secondly, even with affirmitive action if you are a caucasian male you have great chance at getting into college- there are far more "whites" in college than anyone else. Why? Because most are usually priviledged and have money. So, instead of whinning about something that really has nothing to do with you, why don't you work your ass off to get better grades and maybe you'll get in college. Morons.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

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jonbonbandersnatch (April 6, 2003)

"I might not be able to go to college because no scholarships are available to me, and New Jersey will not give me aid because im caucasian, and going to school out of state. It really fucking sucks."

I find it hard to believe that you can't get a federal student loan. its not a scholarship but it affords you the opportunity to go to college. i'm white, don't have scholarships, don't have parents pay for my college and i can still go to school. just because you cant get someone to pay for it, doesn't mean its unattainable. although, i dont presume to know about how college aid works in NJ, but i can attend with very few problems in IN.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

If you get beat up on the subway that's your problem, people just don't go around hitting people for no reason.

lieutenant (April 6, 2003)

Don't tell me about the rise of the minority power until you get beat up on the subway.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

whats all this bullshit about things going in the minorities direction? minorities have it horrible here in the states. theres only one place i see blacks and thats in the ghetto. i dont see any giving speeches from washington. blacks most certainly dont have things going in their direction.

jimmyarndt (April 6, 2003)

any of you want to bitch about affirmative action? go fucking die. if you can't get into college on your own, you didn't try hard enough. it's not becuase "they're letting all the blacks in first"
no. that's not it. fuck off.

GreenVandal (April 5, 2003)

I might not be able to go to college because no scholarships are available to me, and New Jersey will not give me aid because im caucasian, and going to school out of state. It really fucking sucks. I never heard this album though...and for some reason i dont thin i want to.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Hey moron, NO ONE can get scholarships right now....atleast in Cali, where it is impossible. And that is'not "bending" to the minorities.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

I am definitely not a Republican and I still stand by my earlier comments. If you think that there isn't a balance of power toward minorities in this country right now, try filling out a scholarship search saying that you're a straight white male and see how many responses you get.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

I'd rather read a review of Ice-T than some shit by New Found Glory, The Moveilife or some other watered down shit for the masses.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Sounds like the republican "punks" are on the board now.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Fuck this shit. This is the same band that sang "Evil dick likes to hide in warm wet places."

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Is this a joke? Why have people been digging through their shitty old record collections lately and writing a review of an album that was shitty when it was released and is shitty now. C'mon, the line should be drawn somewhere. Just becuase someone creates music with aggresion does not mean it is punk.

Melvyl (April 5, 2003)

cop killer is not a bad song.

but seriously, what's up with the brutality? shoot him in his face, that's just brutal.

Bryne (April 4, 2003)

Ice T is a pretty good actor as well. He's got a lot going for him.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Tipping in the minorities favor??? Maybe 5 years ago....not today, the republicans have re-destroyed this country once again.):

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Body Count are bad ass, but the racial themes have lost more and more effect over the years as the balance of equal rights has shifted towards a decent equillibrium and now to the point where its starting to tilt more towards the minorities' favor. Also, don't diss on V~Ice. He may have been a corporate puppet back in his heyday and a bandwagon jumper now, but the kid had raw skills and insane flow that very few more popular rappers can boast. In that time, someone like Tone Loc was given infinite times more respect than Ice, and yet Tone Loc's rap skills were way weaker than Ice's. I mean, I know all the words to Ice Ice Baby, and that gets damn fast and hard to rap in some parts. Plus, even his newer stuff isn't too bad. One of his songs off of Bipolar I think, called The Weed Song, was really inventive. stupid song subject but it had this really cool distortion effect on the vocals in some parts and had a nice reggae undertone. But, Ice is still universally hated, whereas MC Hammer is merely the butt of jokes. THAT, my friends, seems way more like racism to me.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Is he really? Last I heard they were recording way back in 2000 for a new album and things just kind of fell apart. I think that would be badass, always liked this band......but I get a feeling the shows are violent as hell....HOPE I CAN GO!

TheBouncingSoul (April 4, 2003)

ice t is getting body count back together, by the way...if you didn't know

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Ice T motherfuckin douche bags. Man this guy is still pimpin like none other.

Ramo
(the new fisticuffs CD is gonna be double uranium)

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Comparing Vanilla Ice to Ice T is like comparing the lead singer of Good Charlotte to Henry Rollins. Go get an education on the subject you little twat. Body Count fucking owned.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

For the record, Ice-T has been a part of the hardcore/metal scene for years, unlike Vanilla Ice who just recent has been working his shoddy attempt at nu-metal.

sweetsugarpezz (April 4, 2003)

whats next? a review of vanilla ice's "hardcore" albums?

-sweetsugarpezz

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Jimmy & Timmy, Crips For Life!!

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

This score is for the cover art...fucking brilliant. Blood and crips.

-sickboi
(representing the eastEAST side)

evildeadalive (April 4, 2003)

I didn't even know they had a second album...

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

When I said "strong musically" I meant it pacfks a sonic whollop unlike earlier efforts, I didn't mean musical mastery or anything.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

this album has it's funny moments, and it has some good ideas, but music-wise this is pretty bad.

june 17th: the first Mars Volta album. best album of 2003.

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