Written by Alex Stojanovic
Point The Finger
Ace Of Spades (Motorhead cover)
When I'm Gone
Thee Critical Beatdown
The Hate Is Real
Release Date: March 6, 2020
Label: Century Media Records
Ice-T - Vocals / Ernie C - Guitars & backing vocals / Sean E Sean - Sampler & backing vocals
Vincent Price - Bass & backing vocals / Ill Will - Drums / Juan Of The Dead - Guitars & backing vocals
Little Ice - Hype man & backing vocals
The record opens with the title track. The lyrics are every preachy vegan and animal rights activist's worst nightmare, and it's sure to piss them off. I'm not going to lie, the sight of that will certainly give us carnivores a good laugh. The production is as thick and as delicious as a striploin steak, and the heavy riffs are the juice that's oozing out (I'm getting hungry for a steak just thinking about that right now). The intro to "Another Level" goes into pure Slayer territory. It sounds like they were listening to Seasons In The Abyss when they wrote this track. It's a song where Ice goes after all the naysayers in his life that always told him that he would never go anywhere with his life when he was younger. Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed does guest vocals on this track.
Some of the tracks have a short commentary from Ice-T at the start. Their cover of "Ace Of Spades" is one of those tracks, where he pays tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead. The cover is really well done, but I will say that another cover of "Ace Of Spades" is kind of unnecessary at this point, because there are so many. The track "When I'm Gone" was written in the aftermath of the tragic murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle. It features guest vocals from Amy Lee, and the lyrics talk about the fact that it's only when someone dies, do many people claim that they loved that person, when it reality, they didn't really do anything to show that they loved them. Many people could learn a lesson from this song.
Ice-T is 62 years old, and he's still schooling all the young rappers. The man also looks like he hasn't aged. I think that the only slight flaw with this record is that Ice-T's rhymes sound a little juvenile due to the overuse of profanities and vulgarities. However, aside from that minor flaw, Carnivore is another solid album from the kings of rap metal (take notes Limp Bizkit). I think Sam Dunn said it best when he was talking about Bloodlust. When you have a record talking about some of the biggest issues of today's times, "not only does metal need a record like this, but the world needs a record like this". I can definitely say the same about Carnivore, as it picks up where Bloodlust left off. Pissed off, angry, heavy and real.
Highs: Thick guitar tone, great rhymes talking about some of today's biggest world issues.
Lows: Although well done, another "Ace Of Spades" cover was unnecessary. Ice-T's rhymes come across as a bit juvenile with the overuse of profanities.
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