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"On with the Body Count"

Body Count featuring Ice-T, 2014

With the exciting and unexpected news that a new Body Count album called Manslaughter would be dropping (June 10, 2014, Sumerian Records), once again I find myself in a retro type of mood. For the new generation of rock and metal fans, the band Body Count—led by gangsta-rapper-turned-actor Ice-T—is all but unknown. Ice-T, you say? The same Ice-T that plays a detective on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The same Ice-T who’s been a star of reality television? Yes, that Ice-T. As unexpected as this may sound as I write about it today, just think about how surprising or even shocking this was more than 20 years ago as I attempt to recount my memory of Body Count’s 1992 self-titled debut album and the chain of events that followed. (more…)

Korn-debutSo I decided to spin Korn’s debut album a few weeks ago on a road trip. Why? I’m not entirely sure. As a diehard fan back in the day, I had heard this album, and my friends and I recited the lyrics hundreds upon hundreds of times. I can play the entire album out through my head without even hitting play. It’s a CD I see every day, as I have a copy autographed by all five original band members on my shelf display.

After some thought, I realized why I pulled it out again. For my own curiosity, I wanted to revisit Korn, not to have something to write about, or for nostalgia. I wanted to hear how the music, and the 12 songs that make up the album—from “Blind” to “Daddy”— sound today, 20 years later. After two decades of trends, genres and sub-genres and the enormous wealth of music I have taken in over that time while growing up into an adult, I wanted to know what the original appeal was, what made me become obsessed with Korn and if I still could get enjoyment from spinning this record. (more…)

TUI’s proximity to the city of Baltimore has always led us to seek out and discover new rock and metal bands live at venues like Hammerjack’s (R.I.P.), Rams Head Live, Sonar, Recher Theatre, Ottobar and others. But until now, I must admit, I didn’t realize there was a strong up-and-coming hardcore scene about to boil over in Charm City. Followed by a rabid group of fans, Trapped Under Ice is at the top of the game of Baltimore City hardcore. For those wondering, according to the band, they weren’t purposely named after the classic Metallica song from Ride The Lightning, “but it’s cool if you want to believe that.” In 2007, a five-song demo CD got the attention of N.Y. hardcore label Reaper Records, and Trapped Under Ice released the Stay Cold EP (review) shortly after. Their full-length debut, Secrets of the World, drops Aug. 4, 2009. (more…)

tuiThe 10 for $10 hardcore tour was my official introduction to Baltimore, Md.’s own hardcore sons, Trapped Under Ice. After interviewing the band and seeing their loyal fan base go berserk during their manic live set, I immediately ran over to the merch table and grabbed their 2007 release, Stay Cold. The CD features the Stay Cold EP and the 2007 Demo. (more…)