BloodLust! is very pleased to announce the re-issue of the previously out-of-print second full-length from BLOODYMINDED. Originally released in 2002, True Crime was conceived as an urgent follow-up to the band’s debut CD, Trophy (1995), and it was intended as a final word on true crime and serial killers, themes within the power-electronics and post-industrial scene that seemed to have little left to offer. Song titles and lyrics were drawn from noteworthy true crime books read by BLOODYMINDED front man Mark Solotroff.
Things don’t always go as planned, and the intended short gap between albums widened when the band relocated from New York to Chicago, as ideas about guest contributors slowly expanded, and as a period of inactivity set in.
For this recording BLOODYMINDED was Megan Emish, Ed Knigge, Steve Marvin, Pieter Schoolwerth and Mark Solotroff, with a number of special guests.
P.NG5361.B (Sshe Retina Stimulants/Sigillum S) and Akifumi Nakajima (Aube) both contributed analog synth tracks to multiple songs, adding to the deep layers of synth and bass frequencies that are at the foundation of each selection.
Guest vocals were recorded by John Balistreri (Slogun), Andrea Chiaravalli (Iugula-Thor), Jonathan Canady (Angel of Decay/Deathpile/Dead World), and Xavier Laradji (Timeless). Following the release of True Crime, Laradji would go on to become a permanent member of the band.
After failing to capture the low-end sound they wanted on the raw and stripped-down Trophy, despite working at a renowned Brooklyn dub studio, the band sought a Chicago studio and engineer known for bass-heavy house music. True Crime was recorded in multiple stages, first by Mark Solotroff at Brooklyn Electrical, Brooklyn, 1997, and then by Jack Letourneau and Tomas Ford, with Mark Solotroff, at Satellite Studios, Chicago, during 1997 and 1998. Additional contributions were recorded in various locations in Italy, Japan and the USA. The album was mixed by Jack Letourneau, with Mark Solotroff and Ed Knigge, at Satellite Studios, in 1998 and it was initially mastered by Chris Greene, at Alien Soundscapes, Inc., Chicago, during 1999 and 2000.
The following nearly two years were relatively quiet for BLOODYMINDED, prior to releasing this album and increasing the frequency of their live performances.
For this re-release, graphic designer Daniel Regueira worked with the original creative concept, based on autumn leaves, overhauling the design to better align with the digipak format. Restrained re-mastering was completed by Collin Jordan, at his Chicago studio, The Boiler Room, in late 2016. Full-color, 8-panel digipak, in shrink-wrap.
LEAVES AND LOAM – SOIL JAMMED DOWN – GAGGED TO DEATH – TRUSSED LIKE A HOG – NICKS AND GROOVES – CLOSE TO THE BONE – HACKED OFF – HELPLESS MOUTH – FORCED – ON THE BED – SLICED OFF – TEETH MARKS – SPREAD WIDE – NUMBED
Track Name: The Killer Department
LEGS, SKULL AND HANDS – 22 KNIFE WOUNDS – EYES GOUGED OUT – SKULL, CHEST AND ABDOMEN – PUNCTURED AND SHREDDED – BASHED HER SKULL IN – IN A FRENZY – STRETCHED AND BROKEN – BREASTS, NECK AND BELLY – LEAVES STUFFED IN HER MOUTH – PUNCTURE WOUNDS – KNIFE THRUSTS
Track Name: Blind Fury
SCREAMING AND STABBING – CHOKING ON BLOOD – TEARS RAN DOWN – FORCED HER FACE – SCISSORS SLASHED – FACE DOWN – BURIED – LOST CONTROL – SPAT ON HER
Track Name: 29 Below
SLAMMED – OPEN YOUR MOUTH – TIED UP AND RAPED – THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO TO ESCAPE – THRUSTING AGAIN AND AGAIN – A NEW PAIN SHOT DOWN – HE GAGGED – WAVE OF FEAR
Track Name: Deadly Thrills
GRABBING HER – THICK AND ROTTEN – INFESTED – INTO HER MOUTH – SHE WAS GAGGED – HOW MUCH? – IN HER FACE – CHOKING – FORCING – IN THE WOUND – PAIN SHOT THROUGH – MEN TOOK TURNS
Track Name: Bound To Die
LEGS FORCED APART – FACE PLOWED THE GROUND – CAKED WITH DRIED BLOOD – FIVE HEAVY BLOWS – SKELETAL REMAINS – TRUSSED UP – BLOODY AND BRUISED – STRIPPED, BOUND AND RAPED – GAG – BLOODY MESS – LEGS FORCED OPEN
Track Name: Rites Of Burial
INTO HIS MOUTH – BLEACH, AMMONIA – BATTERING HIS HANDS – SHARP PAIN – SMALL JOLTS – SNAPPED RIGID – DRAIN CLEANER – MOUTH WIDE OPEN – KNIFE CUTS AND SAW MARKS – BLOOD, FLESH AND HAIRS – SCARS OR TATTOOS – BOUND, GAGGED AND INJECTED – BATTERED AND BROKEN
Track Name: The Misbegotten Son
LACERATIONS – SEXUAL SADISM – BONES, CLOTHES AND HAIR – STRANGLED AND DUMPED – HIGHEST RISK – ORAL SEX – ABRASIONS AND BRUISES – BATTERED ABDOMEN – LEAVES STUFFED DEEP
Track Name: The Killer Next Door
SKULL AND MANDIBLE – THE WORST WE FEARED IS TRUE – BADLY BEATEN – HEAD WOUNDS – DRIED BLOOD – BLUNT TRAUMA – COVERED WITH BLOOD – FACE DOWN – THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE – BLOOD – SALIVA – TISSUE
Track Name: St. Joseph's Children
HATE, LONELINESS AND FRUSTRATION – BEATING HIM – BEATEN BLACK AND BLUE – BEATEN, BITTEN AND RAPED – URGE BUILDS – URGE TO KILL – INTENT TO KILL – SQUEEZING HARD – OVER AND OVER – LONG SCRATCHES