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Body Count

These days, most know Ice-T from the hit TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but between his days as a world-famous rapper and the show, he and his pal, Ernie Cunnigan (better known as Ernie C.), who he met while they both attended Crenshaw High School in Compton, California, started a punk-metal band called Body Count. I was in high school when the band released its debut album in 1992, featuring the controversial song “Cop Killer.” 

What many deemed a side project at the time now has lasted 25 years. It’s been a long ride but not an easy one. Three band members have passed, but Ice and Ernie C. have remained. Despite never really going away during Ice’s 16 years playing detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on SVU, Body Count had somewhat of a resurgence in 2014, with the release of its album, Manslaughter (featuring “Talk Shit, Get Shot”), and touring on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. But was this just a novelty act reliving the glory days? We probably wouldn’t hear from back the band for a while after this, right? Wrong.

With the current unrest and political state of the world, Body Count once again has a lot to get off its chest and its back with what is sure to be another controversial new album called Bloodlust, due March 31, 2017 (pre-order the album here). Now a “full-on” metal band (as Ernie C. told  me), the new release features guest spots from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Sepultura/Soulfly legend Max Cavalera, along with a Slayer cover medley. And there’s already been some feathers ruffled with the first single, “No Lives Matter.” Yeah, Body Count never has been a band to shy away from the cold, hard truth and tell things from its perspective.

Prior to the album’s release, Ernie C. called in to Live Metal’s Jeff Maki to discuss Body Count’s career, the prejudice the band faced in its early days and the new album. (more…)

Check out pro-shot footage inside of Megadeth’s full set, live at Hellfest 2016, the annual music festival which takes place in Clisson, France. Megadeth will continue its Dystopia World Tour with U.S dates from September 20 – October 16. Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok will be in support. This will be Megadeth’s first U.S. tour with new drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) as an official member.

Click here for tickets. View the dates and watch the live set inside!



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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Megadeth-Dystopiaby Jeff Maki
There’s been a huge buildup to Dystopia, the 15th album from the legendary Megadeth. Another Megadeth album means another round of mainman Dave Mustaine in the press, and while I quite enjoy his ramblings and his controversial remarks, he’s a constant target on the Internet. (The latest developments are not crediting Dave Ellefson as being a founding member of the band and, most recently, the possibility of a Mustaine-family reality show.) Fans were ecstatic about the near-reunion of the Rust in Peace-era lineup, only to see it fall apart. (Drummer Nick Menza said it was over financial negotiations.) Of course, Mustaine was to blame. He made amends with fans by adding Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler for the recording of Dystopiaand hiring Angra’s Kiko Loureiro as Megadeth’s new full-time guitarist.

So that brings us to Dystopia. I don’t really agree with the things I’ve read about the album being a “return to form.” When did Megadethlose it’s form? Aside from taking a few “risks” and going a little commercial over the years, Megadeth has been about as rock-solid of a thrash metal band as there ever was. (For the record, I happen to like that album.) Rather, Dystopia is hopefully the beginning of a new era for Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Loureiro, and Adler or whoever ends up becoming the full-time drummer. (more…)

Megadeth will kick off the North American leg of the Dystopia World Tour in Dallas, Texas on February 20, 2016. The North American leg will take the band across the U.S., visiting 12 States and throughout Canada. Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom and Havok will suuport. View tour dates inside! (more…)

Megadeth will be releasing its new 12-inch single, “The Threat Is Real”, tomorrow as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday, but you can stream the track now! The single will include the title track and a cover of Fear’s “Foreign Policy”, both of which are taken from Megadeth’s forthcoming fifteenth studio album, Dystopia (January 22, 2016).

Listen to “The Threat Is Real” inside. (more…)

Details for Megadeth‘s highly anticipated 15th studio album have finally been revealed. Dystopia is scheduled for a Jan. 22, 2016 release date and the album art and full track listing have been released. Listen to the new track “Fatal Illusion” and get all the info inside! (more…)

Universal Enterprises (UMe) has issued the first five platinum-selling Capitol Records Megadeth albums on limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S.

Titles include Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, So Far, So Good…So What!, Rust In Peace, Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia. Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings. (more…)

On September 14, ten years ago, Megadeth’s tenth studio album The System Has Failed was released. In honor of that day, the band has posted a previously unreleased video of the track “Back In the Day”. This video was produced in 2005 and not released until now. Check it out inside. (more…)

1975275_767543546611289_1133079801_nMegadeth, Motörhead and Anthrax will perform on the inaugural Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from Sept. 22 to 26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat in the World” will feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and some big surprises. More bands will be announced soon.

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Fla., and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While onboard, guests will have the opportunity to interact with band members and see performances on various stages throughout the ship.  (more…)

Megadeth, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Multi-platinum selling thrash metal band Megadeth is set to embark on a world tour in more than 25 countries across four continents starting in April. The tour will followsa first-ever performance at Copley Symphony Hall on April 12, where Dave Mustaine will collaborate with the San Diego Symphony, demonstrating his classically-influenced technique as a featured soloist in “Symphony Interrupted.(more…)