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Bombshell has the formula to conquer everything from Alternative Rock to Modern Hard Rock to Classic Metal without sacrificing credibility. This release is fortified with cutting riffs, intelligent lyrics, and massive hooks.

Bombshell was produced by the legendary Michael Wagener who produced releases from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Motley Crue, and Dokken, to name a few. Michael was impressed with Hydrogyn, going so far to say "they are the best band he has heard in years".

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. 18 & Life
9. The Sand
10. Whisper
11. Circle
12. Book of Names
13. Come Back to Me
14. Mutilated Mind

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: da re
  • ASIN: B000FTKGV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ImEzekiel65 on December 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
At last! A new band that doesn't sound whiny and petulant. A new band that doesn't merely claim to be rock, it actually delivers the goods! A new band MTV will not touch (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though it would help). A band whose music isn't relegated to coffeehouses and bookstores. A new band who isn't afraid to use overdrive and distortion cranked up to 11. A new band which makes us old headbangers want to rock again.

And its name is Hydrogyn.

Fronted by the lovely & talented Julie Westlake (billed simply as "Julie" in the CD credits), Hydrogyn is a five-piece, two guitar powerhouse, one of those two guitars being played by Julie's husband Jeff Westlake. Along with the other guitarist Jeff Boggs, bass player Dave Moody and drummer Jerry Lawson, Hydrogyn has bridged the gap between what rock and roll was and what it could be if only open minds prevailed. True rock doesn't have much of a chance these days, what with hip hop/rappers, mopey emo indie stuff (it ain't rock, folks), pseudo-celebrity-teenybopper-Disney Channel/TRL crap, actors who try to be singers/musicians/rappers and vice versa and modern-day fake "country music" (the quote marks are there for a reason),etc..

Hydrogyn could reverse that, taking rock and roll off of the life support it has been on for the past 10-15 years and really restore it to its former prominence. I mean, come on. Everyone else's styles of music have been played so much, it's our turn to shine again! One listen to "Vesper's Song" alone will have your head bangin' away. I mean, this isn't death metal, just good ol' melodic rock with an edge. And Julie's good looks don't hurt things, either.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on February 14, 2007
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The Good

"Vesper's Song" begins with front woman Julie's melodic voice over a distant guitar progression. As the track continues, chunky riffs and pulsing drums help pump the track up. Julie unleashes her inner rage on "Blind," while the rest of the band sets the pace with pure metal rhythms. Soft and emotional vocal tones mix with powerful and unleashed ones on "Breaking Me Down." Dual vocal harmonies dominate the chorus of "Love Spoke." It's really difficult to accept anyone covering an AC/DC song except AC/DC, but the ever-energetic Julie does just fine hanging with the big boys. Listen for some great guitar work courtesy of Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs. Some of Hydrogyn's heaviest riffs come from "The Sand." They even through in a hypnotic guitar wail. "Book of Names" is loaded with heavy riff after heavy riffs and some enduring vocals. It's just Julie and acoustic guitars on the moving ballad "Come Back to Me."

The Bad

Nothing notable

The Verdict

What is it about female fronted metal bands that make them so appealing? Julie's picture on the front cover of this album may have something to do with it. All joking aside, maybe it has something to do with how the sweet and comforting female vocals mix well with the heavy guitar and thunderous drums, in sort-of a good versus evil scenario? Or maybe it's how women are believed to be full of sugar and spice and everything nice, but when she's part of the metal scene, she's being very naughty? What guy does like that?! No matter how you slice it, Julie's powerful and melodic vocals mixed with Hydrogyn's classic metal assault are a win-win situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lawrence on June 12, 2008
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Drawing a discreet veil over the slightly overdone cover graphics/photo this Michael Wagener produced debut album definitely covers a lot of bases. Recorded in Tennessee there are twinges of seeping into the sound and that's probably more due to the kind of music these people were surrounded by during their upbringing. The very clean production and in fact some of the songs remind me a touch of the late 80's but that's meant in a good way. After all the hair bands you instantly think of when you see that reference would rarely of been this focussed on their careers. I mean checking this bands web site and reading interviews in magazines they seem to have a stack of stuff going on - DVD's, live albums, download stuff - these guys worked their backsides off trying to create a buzz for this debut. Oh yeah, and few late 80's/early 90's bands would of had female vox... Well there was Warlock and Princess Pang...

As for the vocals of Julie these are pleasing if limited. As she writes the lyrics and melodies she is able to keep things within her range and abilities. Actually she sounds good here and has a bit of an ever-so-slightly husky feel to her voice on some numbers like Circle. When the band try their hand at a cover of Skid Row's 18 + Life she doesn't fare so well, Veronica Freeman of Benedictum perhaps being one of the few women out there with the pipes to pull off something like this. Lyrically the concerns are everyday stuff. No power metal here or corsets etc. ....well on second thought perusing the cover and inside back cover again...hmmm no it's not a corset. It should be noted at this point that Julie is a part time model.
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