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Ice T Body Count with Tilt

Ice T Body Count with Tilt

Body Count rolls mercilessly through Manchester and leaves nothing in its wake. Should we expect anything less from the LA mafia?


SLOPE

A quick intro and Slope flies into WHY SO SAD. It’s clear that the band is a cohesive unit. The bass and drums merge superbly as they roll through the Ritz.

Rage Against The Machine is a clear reference point for the German group. There are patches of thrash and punk that punctuate the grooves.

It’s Tickin’ is a highlight of the set – there’s definitely an early Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe going on. With the crowd already close to capacity, Slope has a real chance to showcase its musical wares.

They rock out to many of their impactful tracks in their thirty-minute slot. Thanks are offered to the audience that gradually grows into the set.

Talk Big goes heavy on the wah-wah and is the most in-your-face funk groove the band has to offer. It’s a sound straight out of the early 90s. The terrace-style chorus is delivered by the whole band and Manchester is starting to move.

A quick set for the bands in London in October is given as the band twists and turns through tempo changes and light and dark colours. You can imagine that Slope, with their own crowd, would go off without a hitch. They are a great warm-up for Body Count and finish their work off nicely.



BODY COUNT

There’s a palpable excitement in the air as Rage Against The Machine blares over the PA. Body Count and Ice T have earned their legendary status over the years and Manchester can’t wait for the release.

Blue and red lights swirl as the band makes their entrance. Ernie C is all dressed in red and ready to rock. The killer opening riff of Body Count’s In The House lights up the touch paper and Ice T makes his entrance introducing the band.

This band has always paid homage to and had great respect for metal music. Raining Blood gets the pulse racing. As Ernie C is tearing up the solo, beer mugs fly as the crowd cheers. Ice T throws water into the crowd during his solo – it’s going to be one of those nights.

A one-two from the debut album in Bowels Of The Devil and There Goes The Neighbourhood closes a blistering opening quartet of songs. The crowd sings along with chants of “Back Door” on the latter as the guitars duel together.



Merciless

“Manchester is here to play!” announces Ice T. “Haven’t seen you motherfuckers in a minute” – these are the last two shows of the tour. We saved the UK for last because you guys always get busy.

Body Count are currently on tour and testing new material from their upcoming album, Merciless. They’ve already given us Psychopath, which features Joe Bad from Fit For An Autopsy. Ice T wears a head covering, giving him the appearance of a psychopathic killer. The simulated murder of band members is comical, but the song is not. It cuts like a knife.

Another new cut is The Purge; inspired by the film of the same name. It’s a monster of a tune. It has all the signature Body Count sounds as thrash sections break down into harsh, bloodcurdling verses. Body Count bassist Vincent Price provides vocals on the track. It certainly whets the appetite for new Body Count material.

The collective is active and energetic all over the stage and in the crowd. There are heavy pits and several stage divers and crowd surfers. A dangerous and “off the hook” feeling fills the air.



POINT THE FINGER

Point The Finger goes to Riley Gale; the sadly departed singer of Power Trip. Ice T comments that it may have been the last song he recorded before his untimely death. Horns are pointed to the sky in memory of the brilliant singer.

“One of my biggest messages for the last 35 years has always been, ‘Fuck racism,’” announces the enigmatic Ice T. He sings No Lives Matter from his 2017 album Bloodlust. The message is pertinent and is, was and always will be vital. The crowd claps along to the bass solo and the atmosphere rises a notch.

Paying homage once again. Body Count rocks an Exploited medley that gets the OG punks moving. Drive By sees intensified and relentless mosh pit action. Manchester is bringing the heat tonight.

Another cautionary tale comes when Ice T invites a young punter on stage to offer anti-bullying advice. “You’ve got an Uncle Ice, now!” Talk Shit, Get Shot sees said punter strutting across the stage and eventually launching himself into the crowd. Manchester is more than happy to respond with the ‘Talk Shit…GET SHOT,’ chant.

To close out a main set before the encore, we have the infamous Cop Killer. It’s the song that put Body Count on the map back in the day, such was the controversy. It still packs a punch and gets the crowd going wild. The sweaty mess of the Mancunians is illuminated as the song ends and the band throws some merchandise around.



THAT’S WHY WE WALK

A ‘virtual’ encore takes place. Ice T explains that they will turn the lights out, the crowd will applaud and they will carry on!

Born Dead opens the encore. It’s another poignant track that batters the senses. It laments the injustice of the world then; but it’s once again, a message that is still so vital. Ice T calls for a worldwide ceasefire and the crowd agrees. Fists and horns are once again raised as Body Count reaches its final stretch.

It’s a final stretch that sees the band deliver This Is Why We Ride. Ernie C gets to channel his inner Eddie Hazel/Maggot Brain as he wails on the sixth string. It may be a little more downtempo, but it’s no less impactful. It’s more reflective.

Body Count is very much alive in 2024; over thirty years since its inception. Ice T is 66; he’s still going strong. Let’s wait for Merciless with bated breath. The pits are hard, the energy is charged, the riffs are hard, the messages are vital, the insight is real; Body Count is an incredible band.



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