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Hydrogyn: Deadly Passions
Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 4.75/5.0

It's hard not notice American rockers Hydrogyn, and I'm not just talking about the beautiful front lady Julie Westlake, either. No, Hydrogyn delivers astounding and energetic melodic hard rock 2006's 'Bombshell' was good, but not quite the full brick of C4. This years 'Deadly Passions' finds Hydrogyn firing on all cylinders hitting the mark with a mature and complete sound.

Throughout 'Deadly Passions,' you hear passion and determination most specifically in the consistent song craftsmanship. Yet it is the soaring vocals of Ms. Westlake, the rapid fire fret work of Jeff Westlake, and the stunning rhythm section of Chris Sammons and Josh Kitchen that bring this work to life. This high octane rock and roll begins with 'Rejection' which easily dips into a heavy metal motif with the ripping guitar solo. However, from here it's basically straight melodic hard rock founded on a solid rhythm section bringing a steady beat and often an easy groove, immense vocal arrangements with big choruses, and more of Jeff Westlake's stinging guitar work. Though I found the entire work a hugely entertaining production, special mention goes to 'On And On' (a unique and funky guitar solo), 'Deadly Passions' (heavier with a catchy chorus), 'Candles Light Your Face' (a simple melodic number with a fine vocal arrangement), and 'Shadow' (piano and electric guitar combine to create a fantastic ballad). If there is a dull moment, it's on 'Over U' which was a bit plodding and redundant.

Hydrogyn is another reason to have confidence in American rock. They have a ton of talent and passion, and, even better, know how to craft a good song. 'Deadly Passions' is excellent music and should not be overlooked. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft

In Short

Hydrogyn is another reason to have confidence in American rock. They have a ton of talent and passion, and, even better, know how to craft a good song. 'Deadly Passions' is excellent music and should not be overlooked.

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