Jedi Mind Tricks
A History of Violence


2.5
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Review

by Maxwell Harkness USER (4 Reviews)
November 12th, 2008 | 44 replies | 13,040 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After years as a duo, Jedi Mind Tricks sound rather awkward as a trio.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

The regain of an old member is usually a welcomed celebration. Cheers come from the fan and the band gains more popularity than ever. The band does better than ever with their new material, and by the time they dump the old member, it’s too late, they already have solidified their place as a quality band. This, unfortunately, is not the case. After years of just Vinnie Paz rapping and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind producing and making the beats, the duo had fit together perfectly, creating incredibly dark, emotional, yet complex hip hop. However, with the return of Jus Allah, who made them essential listening early on in their career (on their best album Violent By Design), Jedi Mind Tricks tries to fit Jus Allah back into the group, and on A History of Violence, he sounds just awkwardly pushed in.

That’s really the only problem with A History of Violence, but it strikes on just about every song, making just about everything a bit hard to listen to. Jus Allah has declined as an MC, and while he does have the occasional hip hop quotable, he mostly resorts to the angriest and most disjointed flow this side of Immortal Technique and using rather profane language, even by Jedi Mind Tricks standards. Vinnie Paz, whom used to put at least some heart into his music, also seems to follow this pattern, while contributing to a few songs with some sort of effort (“Trail of Lies”, “Death Messiah”), he for the most part also downgrades his rapping to angry ranting and gun talk, just to make Jus Allah feel welcomed back. “Deathbed Doctrine” is the worst case of this, and for the most part, the two rappers just sound like they are shouting and acting all pissed off, with no regard toward a decent concept or idea.

But everything else is just excellent. Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind is an excellent producer and beat maker, making some of the darkest beats that Jedi Mind Tricks have ever had. This album continues the bleak, depressing atmosphere that consumed Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell. The biggest example of this is on the song “Monolith”, where Stoupe manages to use congas to create a tropical atmosphere, while the withering female vocal sample makes things gloomy, making for an excellent blend of atmospheres. The album also flows very well from beginning to end, and unlike some of what actually goes on in some songs between Vinnie and Jus, isn’t awkward in the least. The deadly gang bangers “Deathbed Doctrine” and “Deadly Melody” flow right into the melancholic “Monolith”, and the rather violent “Butcher Knife Bloodbath” flows into the mechanically withering instrumental “The Sixth Gate Shines No More”.

All this however, doesn’t really save A History of Violence. There are a few political and emotional songs, and ultimately this is where Jedi Mind Tricks works best, but most of the rest of the album just sounds awkward due to the return of Jus Allah. A History of Violence is only for true fans, as most will feel confused, as they’ve spent so long just hearing Vinnie Paz rapping alone. Maybe after this release, Jedi Mind Tricks will realize that Jus Allah is just way past his prime, and they will get rid of him. For quality sake, I hope they really do.

2.6 out of 5


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ManWomanBoogie
November 12th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hated doing this, I never wanted to give this band this low of a rating.

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14504 Comments


ok man I'm not gonna lie, i haven't figured out who the hell you are yet

nvmThis Message Edited On 11.12.08

ManWomanBoogie
November 12th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

now you gots it?

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14504 Comments


yeah man

ManWomanBoogie
November 12th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it doesn't feel good man This Message Edited On 11.12.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2008



16071 Comments


I figured they would only get better after they half reinvented themselves on their last album. But they didn't/

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

JAV
November 12th 2008



1883 Comments


You wrote Vennie a few times, fix that please.
Otherwise not a bad review, I still gotta listen to this.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 12th 2008



3995 Comments


Ya I just can't get into this.

ManWomanBoogie
November 12th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You wrote Vennie a few times, fix that please.

Otherwise not a bad review, I still gotta listen to this.


I fixed that for the most part, thanks.

SynGates
November 12th 2008



2467 Comments


I absolutely loathe Jus Allah

Phantom
November 12th 2008



8930 Comments


So is this album JMT's poorest output? and does Jus Allah's performance really affect the album that much?This Message Edited On 11.12.08This Message Edited On 11.12.08

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 12th 2008



3743 Comments


jedi mind tricks have always been pretty bad
and whyd you get a new account bastard

BallsToTheWall
November 12th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Death Messiah is an amazing song. i probaly rated this too high but i like it. Nice review.

ManWomanBoogie
November 12th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

and whyd you get a new account bastard


You know kattunlover's review of Traced In Air on last.fm?

I posted that here. bastard and Shoot Them got the ban hammer for it.

So is this album JMT's poorest output? and does Jus Allah's performance really affect the album that much?


This is easily JMT's poorest output, and it's not so much Jus Allah (though he is pretty bad here) as much as it is Vinnie's attempt to try to fit him into the group. It just sounds awkward.
This Message Edited On 11.12.08

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 12th 2008



3743 Comments


that sucks bro

kingsoby1
Emeritus
November 13th 2008



4830 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seance of Shamans is tight, but only b/c of Outerspace.
I was gonna review this, but I agree with the rating and the review is solid enough.

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Thor
November 13th 2008



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This album sucks, and this is coming from a BIG Jedi Mind fan.

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ManWomanBoogie
November 14th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, that is pretty much my reaction to this album.

Skyler
November 14th 2008



1084 Comments


eh, too bad

ManWomanBoogie
November 14th 2008



185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My second feature?

You're too kind mods.



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