Bart M. : Hailing from California, Blacklist 9 returns, and they are anything but subtle: Mentally Ill, Legally Sane sounds raw and solid and dives at all your senses like a falcon at an unwary pigeon. Merciless. What started out as a collaboration between father and son Silva grew to become this four headed hydra, and the result is something to be proud of.
This album has pommeling tracks that will trample you like a herd of bison, but have delicious and catchy grooves added to them. The groove metal moniker applies thickly here and the music is reminiscent of what Pantera once did. The vocals are occasionally a little too polished and that contradicts the music somewhat, like being confronted by a skinny guy with a loud mouth that only comes across threatening because there are a couple of big men backing him up. Well, the men are there, so this is no problem, and Fletcher sounds like he really is in his element behind the microphone. The sludgy, crushing riffs go hand in hand with the ripping melodies, making Mentally Ill, Legally Sane an album that will keep your mind occupied for quite a while.