Even though this album already has been released in 2002, I won’t hold it against it, when it comes down to reviewing. CONSPIRACY is an American band from Michigan and is called THE CONSPIRACY now (too many conspiracies out there), including a full-length, which I do not know. But when taking this 4-tracker into consideration, then I sincerely hope that the guys have used the two years until the album to hone their song writing skills, because to be honest, this self-titled piece is not too promising…
The cover by Jason Juta basically is a good start, which raises the hopes and the first sounds of opener “Let’s Get Crazy“ with its good riffing also are promising, but unfortunately this positive impression is not long-lasting, though, because even though the song is solid and also incorporates some breaks, the vocals of Jim Steele lack a bit of the expression that this song would need to be taken to the next level. The other three songs are also solid at best, they are not really memorable or even gripping, extremely standard and as fast forgotten as heard, even though they try to vary the tempo and all, hardly anything sticks that would keep CONSPIRACY in my memory, only the acoustic “Shine” stands out a bit.
Reading the reviews of the new album, they indeed seem to have worked hard, so I hope that this review won’t keep you from checking it out, this shiny disc, though, it a true disappointment… (Online June 10, 2005)