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Hydrogyn - Bombshell - 2006 - Chavis Records

Track Listing
1. Vesper's Song
2. Blind
3. Look Away S.P.
4. Breaking Me Down
5. I've Been Waiting
6. Confession
7. Love Spoke
8. Back in Black
9. The Sand
10. Whisper
11. Circle
12. Book of Names
13. Come Back to Me
14. Mutilated Mind
"Hydrogyn is going to be big, very big..." Michael Wagener, Producer ( Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Alice Cooper).

Hydrogyn is in a bit of a tough spot here with American tastes in more of an aggro phase than a hard rock phase, but as much as bands try to tune down and growl like dogs with towels in their mouths, classic rock riffs never go out of style. Julie Westlake is the good-looking front woman who is clearly the star here. A lot of the band's image seems to revolve around her giving off a sexy look. Thankfully, she does have vocal talent to backup the cheesecake that's out on the table. The clear production from Michael Wagener and use of vocal harmonies work well with her traditional Pat Benatar styled voice. Jeff Westlake's guitar work and the rest of the band stay back from the spotlight in a riff-based supporting role.

Jeff Westlake writes the blueprints behind HYDROGYN, "We wanted something a broad audience could love but also be something special. Something that stood out."

Considering what is generally played on the radio, Hydrogyn does stand out, but it's still fairly commercial tunes. The majority of Bombshell is fairly poppy rock with some pushing into rock territory--"Look Away S.P." channels Heart and Zeppelin and there's an solid cover of the iconic "Back in Black", but it the only performance where she gets a little on the mean side. "Come Back to Me" is the song that will haunt your dreams with it's pained emotive softness.

I would expect good support for Hydrogyn in the Euro-pop market with fans of bands like Lullacry and any U.S. fan still rocking to classic rock favorites. Extra points to the band for a great website and for being from West Virginia.


Score: 7.5 of 10


Links:
www.hydrogyn.com
www.myspace.com/hydrogyn


--Nailer 09.24.06
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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