Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T has joined iconic heavy metal band Megadeth on their new song, Night Stalkers. The track is the final single from Megadeth’s sixteenth full-length studio album: The sick, the dying… and the dead! Fans can check it out below. Notably, the song is part of the second part of a narrative trilogy that will feature on the new album, which will be released on September 2.
More Law and Order: SVU Fans know that the series star Ice-T started out as a rapper before becoming an actor, but many might not know that he also fronts a Grammy-winning metal band. For more than three decades, Ice T was the lead singer of Body Count, a hardcore metal band from Los Angeles. In 2021, Body Count won Best Metal Performance at the Grammys, for the song “Bum-Rush”, which was the second single from their latest album, 2020. Carnivorous.
In a post-win tweet, Ice-T gave “a very special cry to all BC fans around the world. For more than 30 years, you have remained faithful. Celebrate with us tonight! Thank you for the love and continued support. ‘Keep It Hardcore’ 4Life.” Most fans of the rapper and actor might not even realize that Body Count has been around for 30 years, but they have a massive catalog of brutal, hardcore-influenced metal songs for prove their heritage.
Mustaine has already spoken with Guitare.com on Megadeth’s new album, and revealed the origin of his collaboration with Ice-T. “There’s a song called ‘Night Stalker.’ black-ops helicopters coming in at night, no one knows they’re there, they’re in, they’re out.” He added: “My mate Ice T joined me on a role in the middle, because Ice was a Ranger in the army, and he did two tours in Afghanistan… I think it was in 1991 , when I first met him. I know he was a Ranger.
Notably, this isn’t even Ice-T and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine’s first time (lead guitar, vocals). In 2017, Body Count released their sixth studio album, Bloodlust, which featured Mustaine on the first track, “Civil War”. Other guests included Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and former Sepulture frontman Max Cavalera. This album also earned the band their first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance, for the song “Black Hoodie”.
In addition to Ice-T, Megadeth will also have a feature from legendary rocker – and former Van Halen singer – Sammy Hagar. The band recorded a cover of Hagar’s “This Planet’s on Fire (Burn in Hell)” from Hagar’s 1979 solo album Street Machine. This track will be included as part of the album’s digital release only, along with a cover of the Dead Kennedys track “Police Truck”.