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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…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs from Sepultura to Killer Be Killed

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. So as a follow-up, we have compiled a list of Max’s 10 greatest songs from all of his bands and side-projects throughout his career. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed. 
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This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

nailbomb_point-blank#2. Nailbomb – “Wasting Away”
(Point Blank, March 8, 1994, Roadrunner Records)

Nailbomb was Max’s first side-project, forming the band with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel in 1994 (the bands also toured the U.S. together the same year). The band only released one studio album (Point Blank) and played one live show ever (the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands), which was later released as Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide (1995, Roadrunner Records). Nailbomb was Minstry meets Dead Kennedys meets Sepultura, and for a time in its existence, reached a cult-like level of popularity. “Wasting Away” is the punk/thrash hybrid which starts this unique album of punk rock angst and industrial experimentation. Just as the band’s t-shirt slogan proudly stated: “Feels good to be a punk loser.” Check out “Wasting Away” live from Dynamo below:

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-sepultura-arise#3: Sepultura – “Arise”
(Arise, March 25, 1991, Roadrunner Records)

Arise was the first Sepultura record to enter the Billboard charts, at number 119. By 1993, the album had sold 1 million units around the globe. Here is the punishing title track.

“Obliteration of mankind
Under a pale grey sky
We shall arise”

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-roots#5: Sepultura – “Roots Bloody Roots”
(Roots, February 20, 1996, Roadrunner Records)

Roots was Sepultura’s sixth studio album and its last with Max Cavalera. Produced by Ross Robinson and highly influenced by bands like Korn and Deftones, Roots is now one of the pinnacle albums in the nu-metal genre and laid the foundation for Soulfly. The Brazilian tribal rhythms and percussion that began on Chaos A.D., were heavily incorporated into Roots. There’s no better showcase for this than the downtuned lead track, “Roots Bloody Roots.”

 

 

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

sepultura-dead#6: Sepultura – “Dead Embryonic Cells”
(Arise, March 25, 1991, Roadrunner Records)

“Dead Embryonic Cells” is Sepultura’s second single, as well as the second of three to be released from the album Arise. The B-side featured a death metal version of Motörhead’s “Orgasmatron.” The accompanying video saw heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. This is the first song I had ever heard up until this point with a breakdown as devastating as this. When I saw Sepultura play Hammerjack’s in Baltimore, MD., circa 1994, the crowd absolutely went into a headbanging frenzy for “Dead Embryonic Cells.”

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-Soulfly#7: Soulfly – “Eye For An Eye”
(Soulfly, April 21, 1998, Roadrunner Records)

After an ugly split with Sepultura, Soulfly was born and its debut album released. The album was largely a continuation of the tribal sound of the Roots album with more guest musicians and an extra dose of aggression. A example of the carnage is the track “Eye For An Eye.” Check out this killer live version below:

 

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

Soulfly-Primitive#8: Soulfly – “Back to the Primitive”
(Primitive, September 26, 2000, Roadrunner Records)

Primitive is the second studio album by Soulfly and has sold over 226,569 copies to date. The first track is “Back to the Primitive,” which plays berimbau (a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil) to begin the song and the album. If anyone remembers MTVX (which was available beginning in 1998, exclusively to digital cable subscribers), this channel played “Back to the Primitive” non-stop upon the album’s release. Lyrically, the song is about demoting national government back to local tribal society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3LE6_y8J0s

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

soulfly-archangel#9: Soulfly – “Sodomites”
(Archangel, August 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

“Sodomites” is the newest track to be featured in this list, taken off of Soulfly’s 2015 album, Archangel. A strong argument can be made that many Sepultura, Nailbomb, other Soulfly or Cavalera Conspiracy material should be ahead of “Sodomites,” but the track is a representation of Soulfly’s current style and Max’s musical evolution. Max, himself, describes the album—inspired by The Old Testament—as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal.”

 

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

killer-be-killed-cover#10: Killer Be Killed – “Wings of Feather and Wax”
(Killer Be Killed, May 13, 2014, Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

Killer Be Killed is a metal supergroup, featuring Max on guitar and vocals, The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist/guitarist Greg Puciato, Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Saunders and ex-The Mars Volta drummer David Elitch. Partially inspired by Max’s former project, Nailbomb (Point Blank, 1994), the band released its debut self-titled album in 2014 to critical acclaim, and if Max has his way the band will tour and make more albums in the future. Check out the interview we did with Max just as the album was released, getting all the dirt about Killer Be Killed and more here.
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Max Cavalera

For 30 years, Max Cavalera has given us metal in all shapes and forms. From the thrash and death metal of early Sepultura records Morbid Visions (1986), Beneath the Remains (1989) and Arise (1991), to the groove metal of Chaos A.D. (1993), to even nu-metal on Roots (1996). Then with Soulfly, he gave listeners a tribal metal soundscape with albums like Primitive (2000) and Prophecy (2004), all the way to extreme metal on Enslaved (2012), while Savages (2013) was a potpourri of all things rock and metal. And now with Soulfly’s new album, Archangel (Aug. 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment), he’s gone to Biblical proportions—literally.

Inspired by The Old Testament, which Max describes as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal,” Archangel is yet another different direction for Soulfly, though still a metal one. And that’s the common denominator with the body of Max’s work: metal. Max lives for metal. Not only does he play metal, but he’s a huge fan of it, both old and new. As I’ve written before, it’s like he is a prophet sent here by the metal gods. He wants to play metal forever, he shows no signs of slowing down and his spirit for metal will never die. His legacy now stands at an astonishing 21 studio albums between Sepultura (six), Nailbomb (one), Soulfly (10), Cavalera Conspiracy (three) and Killer Be Killed (one).

Days before Soulfly was about to hit the road with Soilwork, Decapitated and Shattered Sun for a U.S. tour (view tour dates), we talked with Max at length about Archangel and its Biblical inspiration, his albums standing the test of time and … “Maxfest?” (more…)

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Metal icons, Soulfly, have released a lyric video for the brand new song “We Sold Our Souls To Metal.”  The song comes from their upcoming 10th studio album, Archangel, which will be released on August 14th (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. “I am so proud to be releasing Soulfly’s tenth album,” previously stated founder/vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera. “I feel it is my most mystic album since Prophecy. The guest collaborations have always been a trademark of Soulfly and Archangel is no different! We can’t wait to play this live for the worldwide tribe!” Watch the lyric video and check out the full details of Archangel inside. (more…)