Title: Love Hate ConspiraciesLabel: AOR Heaven
if you’re gonna get the New Year underway, then what
better way to blow off those winter blues than with the much
anticipated sophomore album from Blood Red Saints 'Love Hate
this new album we see a couple of new band members joining
the Saints, original members Pete Godfrey, Rob Naylor (bass)
and Lee Revill (guitars). First up its Neil
Hibbs (formerly of Arkhams Razor, Shy) joins to add a harder
edge with crunching guitars for a tougher approach for both
live and studio work. Secondly Andy Chemney (drums)
was an obvious choice, having worked with Rob in their
previous band 'Angels Or Kings'.
album takes up where the debut 'Speedway' left off, with a
great mix of hard rock and melodic rock, all wrapped up in
eleven slabs of great rock n' roll.
get underway with ‘Another Freak’, after a Barnum and
Bailey style intro, it's into the hard rocking and straight
from the word go, the band deliver the goods. Godfrey
gives his usual A1 vocal, while the twin guitars of Revill
and Hibbs give the beans with some high octane riffing,
alongside the new rhythm combo of Naylor and Chemney giving
it their all, and this is just the opener!
hard rocking continues with the excellent 'Live & Die',
a great riff driven slice of melodic hard rock that
highlights how the band have taken that solid foundation of
the first album and built a skyscraper of a sound.
great songs just keep coming with the anthemic melodic edged
rocker 'Wake Up', again with the twin guitar work sounding
just sublime, as it is on the rocking 'Something In Your
Kiss'. This is old school Hard Rock for the modern
title track ‘Love Hate Conspiracies' takes the album to
another level, as things get a little funky. Godfrey
is at this very best on this one, mixing great harmonies
with an edgy angst.
for me Godfrey really shines on the band's mellower moments
and one of those is the stunning ballad 'Arms Wide
Open'. There is soulful element to his vocals and this
one really brings that side of them out. Just
back to harder edged rock with a bang with 'Is It Over',
another great rocker that sees the band being joined by Paul
Laine, as he and Godfrey bring the vocal heat, that will
have you moving and a grooving from the off. This
showcases perfectly how the band have taken that traditional
Hard / Melodic Rock and brought it kicking and screaming
into the now.
same can be said about 'Sometimes', but in the melodic rock
style, something that the Scandinavian bands have made their
trade mark over recent years, and it's great to hear a
British band taking the bull by the horns and bringing the
same feel to the genre.
Things get a little darker with the excellent 'Rise Again' this has the same edgy vibe as the opener, before this great album closes with a true rock out track 'Turn On The Night'. This is perfect way to close out what is great way to start 2018.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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