Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz - Heavy Metal Kings

1. Keeper Of The Seven Keys (4.25/5)
2. Eye Is The King (4.5/5)
3. Impaled Nazarene (4.75/5)
4. Children Of God (4/5)
5. Blood Meridian (4.5/5)
6. Oath Of The Goat (4.25/5)
7. King Diamond (4.25/5)
8. The Vice Of Killing (4.5/5)
9. Devil's Rebels (4/5)
10. Age Of Quarrel (4/5)
11. Metal In Your Mouth (4.25/5)
12. Terror Network (4.5/5)
13. Leviathan (The Spell Of Kingu) (3.75/5)
14. The Crown Is Mine (4/5)
15. Splatterfest (3.75/5)
16. The Final Call (3.75/5)

I've pretty much gotten use to the fact that half the time, track titles have little to nothing to do with a song's content. Ehh, more like 100% of the time here, but it's whatever. It's hard to introduce something that seems so familiar for the most part. Even though both Bill & Paz are in the same league in terms of hip-hop status and style, Ill Bill holds the album together while Vinnie continues his resistance to change. Yeah, using the same violent line after line after line worked for one album, but after more than half a dozen more, it's become more than stale. Ill Bill's style comes off as refreshing, entertaining, and evolving in comparison. Some of his lines are completely tongue-twisting and come in at just the right time to minimize Vinnie's damage. Overall the main thing with the album is how similar each track sounds to the next. It's partially for cohesiveness, but at the same time it can drone on for the last third of the album. Luckily the production helps keep things in check, though it suffers from a bit of monotony. It's still enjoyable, mixing a little boom bap with light rock influences and weird synthy samples. Overall, an album that could use a little more variety - and one less rapper.

Sample Tracks

"Blood Meridian"

"Age of Quarrel"

"The Crown Is Mine"

Beats & Production: 8/10

Rhymes & Lyricism: 8.5/10

Originality & Creativity: 7.5/10

Overall Grade: 80%



Anonymous said...

this album is pretty dull

Anonymous said...

well said

Anonymous said...

I can't stop listening to Blood Meridian!
I know the sample running at 0:38 in this song but can't remember where is it from...