Additional personnel: GZA , Killah Priest, Sean Price .
Audio Mixer: Scott "Supe" Stallone.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Found Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Powerhouse Studios, New York, NY; The Big Fat Suite, New York, NY.
Photographer: Mike McRath.
With violent imagery so rampant in the past decade of hip-hop, the fact that Jedi Mind Tricks' third album manages a cover shot that actually succeeds in shocking is either impressive or disturbing, depending on your disposition. Same goes for Vinnie Paz's tougher-than-leather flow that hollers down "faggots" and paints pictures of ultra-violence in a way that would make A Clockwork Orange seem almost friendly by comparison. This is hard music for hard times, and it makes no concessions to the blinged-out mainstream on JMT's left flank, nor the conscious emo-rap on the right. But walking the middle ground, he declares "I don't want to die anymore/I don't want to cry anymore/Don't want to lie anymore...I just want y'all to be dead" on "The Worst," and it's hard to sympathize. Producer Stoupe's minor-key beat suites chime melodically, yet feature tempos just quick enough to keep up with Paz's manic energy. In fact, keeping up with Paz gets exhausting at points, but guest MCs Des Devious, Sean Price, and Killah Priest keep up nicely with the absolutely stunning rhymes by GZA on both versions of "On the Eve of War," and actually have a calming effect (despite the album's hokiest beat on the main version of the cut). Though probably too aggressive for anyone old enough to clearly remember JMT's classic 2000 album, Violent By Design, Legacy of Blood is not without its moments. But after five years, Paz should have found at least one more subject to rhyme about. ~ Joshua Glazer
Age Of Sacred Terror, The
Scars Of The Crucifix
Death Falls Silent (Interlude) - (interlude)
Saviorself - (featuring Killah Priest)
On the Eve of War - (Julio Cesar Chavez Mix)
Darkest Throne, The (Interlude) - (interlude, featuring Genius/GZA)
Verses of the Bleeding - (featuring Des Devious)
Beyond the Gates of Pain - (featuring Sean Price)
Farewell to the Flesh (Interlude) - (interlude)
And So It Burns
Spirit of Hate, The (Interlude) - (interlude)
Me Ne Shalto
On The Eve Of War - (Meldrick Taylor mix, featuring Genius/GZA)
Winds Devouring Men (Interlude) - (interlude)
Philosophy Of Horror, The
Of the Spirit and the Sun (Interlude) - (interlude)