Sjak : At the end of 2015 the quite good debut album ‘Speedway’ of the British melodic rock outfit Blood Red Saints saw the light of day, which is now followed by this second record ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’. In guitar player Neil Hibbs and drummer Andy Chemney they got two new “saints’ on board and that has resulted in a somewhat heavier sound than what we did encounter on the debut album. In my opinion that sometimes goes at the expense of the catchiness of the material, causing me to appreciate this ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’ a little less than the debut album. That will however be a matter of personal taste, because also on this second record enough material is present that will be to the liking of the fans of heavy melodic rock with nice choruses.
Just like on the debut album singer Pete Godfrey determines the overall band sound to a large extent with his beautiful voice, but that isn’t really disturbing. On the contrary, he is the one that makes tunes like ‘Wake Up’, ‘Something In The Air’ and ‘Arms Wide Open’ very nice listening experiences and as a matter of fact that accounts for the majority of this ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’ album. However, with opening track ‘Another Freak’ and ‘Live & Die’ we have two songs on offer that are for me somewhat too mechanic and too modern and that decreases the overall quality level of the album a little bit. The positive moments are dominating however and therefore we can conclude that Blood Red Saints has again succeeded in delivery a decent melodic rock album, which will however not be capable to stand out from the crowd in the mass of releases that are brought to us every month in this genre.