4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2008
With the return of Jus Allah to the Jedi Mind Tricks lineup, many would probably expect A History of Violence to be their greatest accomplishment since Violent By Design. Those people, however, are gonna be disappointed, because while Vinnie Paz finally broke out of the violence rap stereotypes with his impressive performance on Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell, Jus Allah's lines seem to have not made any growth in the past 8 years. Still, even when, lyrically, Jedi Mind Tricks had almost nothing going for them (which actually has been most of their career), it was Stoupe's first-rate production that kept their albums afloat, and if a fan focuses on that here, as they probably always have in order to be a fan, then they'll find Stoupe as focused as ever, delving even further into elaborate classical samples and keeping his vital reputation intact. Still, the first half is noticeably underwhelming, coming off as too predictable for comfort, with the minor exceptions of "Deathbed Doctrine" and the two instrumentals.
But as soon as the echoey "Seance of Shamnans" begins, the album enters a flawless second half. "Godflesh" slaps with hooks, "Butcher Knife Bloodknife" turns a wall of minor-key opera choir exercises into a frightening onslaught and a consistent symphonic crescendo makes "Terror" a horror-core assault on the ears. Plus, the pensive "Death Messaiah" instantly makes it to the top of the band's greatest dirges. The lack of growth and pocket of mediocrity at the beginning means it's a step down from their last effort, but for your Jedi Mind Tricks fix, A History of Violence completely satisfies. (Aron Fischer)
For fans of: Wu Tang Clan, Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock, Dalek, El-P, Ill Bill
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2008
This is a very short review: Jus Allah ruined this album. Was glad to see he patched up his differences with JMT but his mono-syllabic flow is unlistenable. Their albums were far better when Vinnie Paz got his 'mates' on the album rather than Jus. Even Stoupe wasn't quite at his awesome best. Check out the Snowgoons album for a AOTP/JMT type fix.
Easily the worst JMT album.
on 15 December 2008
When i first heard the whole album on their myspace, i was sceptical. I didn't feel as though there were any monumentally BIG tracks like on previous albums, nothing really stand out. However after a few more listens it all came together, i began to realise every track on that album is a monumental track. I know some people might find Jus allahs new style awkward (monoslabic in some places, very different from the violent by design days) but its something that actually clicked well in the end.
on 13 November 2008
Got this album a few days ago. Really liking the contributions of Jus Allah. He complements Vinnie Paz well.
Vinnie Paz is as usual very tight and seems at complete ease for every verse he spits.
I feel that this album is slightly more mature than the other, with some deeper tracks on it.
My fav track right now is Trail of Lies.
I urge you to buy, download or steal this album.. peace