Label : RFE/Bad Reputation

Review By Tony Cannella

Hydrogyn is going to be very, very big”, those words come from famed producer Michael Wagener who co-helmed the 4th and latest release from this Kentucky based outfit “Judgement”. After listening to this CD, who am I to argue with Mr. Wagener’s words. “Judgement” is quite possibly the best release of this young bands career. “Judgement” has everything that has made Hydrogyn such an excellent band since their beginning. Infectious melodies, pounding rockers, Julie Westlake’s powerful vocals and a whole lot more, it all comes together on “Judgement”.  “Lost Reality” is a belligerent opener with singer Julie Westlake sharing vocals with aggressive sounding male vocals. This is probably the heaviest song Hydrogyn has recorded to date. “Right Thing Now” is a melodic and instantly likeable mid-tempo number. As always, Julie Westlake oozes personality and attitude in her voice. “Big Star” is a re-recording of an older Hydrogyn song featuring King’s X frontman Doug Pinnick on co-lead vocals. The limited edition comes with three bonus tracks, including a fantastic cover of the Michael Schenker Group classic “Assault Attack”. Other highlights: the ultra-melodic “Alone”, “Self Destruct”, the Fleetwood Mac cover “Gold Dust Woman” and “Too Late”. Since their 2004 debut, “Best Served With Volume”, Hydrogyn has released albums that have been consistently better than the last. The only question is how will they ever top this one?

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Lost Reality
  2. Right Thing Now
  3. Alone
  4. Self Destruct
  5. Gold Dust Woman
  6. Medicate
  7. Big Star (featuring Doug Pinnick)
  8. Gonna Getcha
  9. Too Late
  10. Don’t Be My Judge
  11. Assault Attack (Bonus Track)
  12. Dead Passion (Live) (Bonus Track)
  13. Candles Light Your Face (Alternative Version) (Bonus Track)

 

Line Up

  • Julie Westlake – Lead Vocals
  • Jeff Westlake – Guitars
  • Chris Sammons – Bass
  • Joe Migz – Drums 

 

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