I'm not sure what expectations I had for the new Hydrogyn album, Private Sessions. Perhaps I shouldn't have traveled that road. I liked Bombshell, and Deadly Passions was even better, never heard Judgment. This disc could be a hybrid of the first two.
It's straight forward melodic hard rock, sometimes on the edgier metal side. Sometimes, however, it seems the songs take time to develop, or a least get under your skin, like Forbidden Kind, Scream or Heated Nights. Then a song like I Don't Know How or Alone have these subtle moments that dull the hard rock edge. Eventually, with several spins it all works well.
It's not that Hydrogyn is doing something new or novel, but there is something unpredictable about Private Sessions. I think it's that better mix of edge and melody. Honestly, I didn't want to like it, but the more I listen, the better Private Sessions sounds. So much for creating unnecessary expectations. Easily recommended.
With Private Sessions, Hydrogyn provides surprising accessibility and melody with their sometimes edgier melodic hard rock.
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