BLUE CROSS: Conspiracy: LP

I was hoping there would be another Blue Cross record. This one is somewhat along the lines of their I Am Death LP. The songs on this are a little quicker in pace, though. Yet they still retain that dark and minimal style. The sound is a little more fleshed out as well. I like the synth towards the end of “Don’t Submit,” and the layers of sound in the song. “Conduit” is one of my favorites on here. The song races at a nice and wound-up pace and the vocals are coolly delivered despite it all. “Your Violence” sounds like something you would hear in an early to mid-1980s horror film. Lyrical themes on here tend to revolve around the idea put forth by the title of this album, which makes for an even more interesting listen. I’m always pulled in by the sheets of guitar that dominate the songs. It has this cold and all-encompassing way about it. Also, Jess’s vocals are stronger and more to the front in the mix on here. One of the things that I really like is that Blue Cross is shedding their influences to a point where they are having their own sound. You can’t say they really sound like Siouxsie or Christian Death. Yes, those influences are in there, but it’s not blatant. They’re adding to the genre at this point. This comes on blue vinyl, in case you are wondering.

 –M.Avrg (Chaos Rurale, chaosrurale.com)