Right from the first bar I knew I was in for a treat with Blacklist 9’s latest track Madness. The Southern Californian band didn’t hold back when it came to their new release. In fact, they created one of the best Thrash metal track’s I’ve heard produced this side of 1990. Madness was born out of the bands inspiration to pay an ode to the sound of Early Groove, Thrash and that sweet timeless taste of American Metal. Blacklist 9 are heavily influenced by bands such as Soulfly, Black Sabbath & Sepultura, yet, they paved their own way with their finely tuned raucous sound that makes this track so viciously bone-rattling.
In short, Madness is a track that would please even the most pretentiously picky metal fans, with their guttural mix of angst and infinite instrumental sound. Throughout the progression of the track I couldn’t help being reminded of The Beastie Boys, and Rage Against the Machine for the rap style verses that flow seamlessly through the mix, yet their extreme aggression transcended any boundaries that were set by their predecessors.
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Review by Amelia Vandergast